Beware of lawn trends…go native instead!

At the Lawn Association, we know that fashions come and go in all areas of the gardening sector, and this also includes lawn care. But are present lawn trends actually doing lawns no favours at all? 

Many lawn lovers are using ryegrass seed or turf ‘because it is tougher than your existing lawn’ – dwarf ryegrass is not native, it doesn’t spread sideways and thicken up, and it will need frequent replacing to keep any density in your lawn. Many commercial trends such as this one, are actually a reason why so many lawns fail!

Beware of lawn trends...go native instead!

Beware of lawn trends…go native instead!

Our native grasses (bents and fescues) are incredibly robust plants and will always outperform everything else. So, if they remain as an integral part of the plan, eventually they will conquer the area.  This is the reason why many older lawns are much easier to look after as they often contain our native grass species.

It is strange that we all  often talk about native plants in our garden but not in our lawns…grass is a plant as well! And outside grasses such as ryegrass will need to work a lot harder when it comes to keeping your lawn top notch and healthy. Our poor lawns are confused already after our very wet spring, then hot June and now the rain again! So why not make life a bit easier on our lawns by using native grasses that adapt well in the UK, no matter what the weather!  Our UK fescues and bents are a much more sustainable way to go when planning lawns in this country.

You have to ask yourself why fields, parks, mountains and verges never require that much work? Simple.. they grow abundantly with NATIVE species!


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