Outdoor Craftsmen has been in business for over three decades now, and throughout that long history in landscape design and build we have come to understand our clients well.
Each is unique, and all have exacting standards and appreciate attention to detail. They also like being kept abreast of new trends and innovations, improved technologies, and ideas for saving water, chemicals, and time in maintaining their landscapes.
A recent trend that is becoming very popular is letting the grass grow – literally. Many of you like the look of a meticulously manicured lawn in their landscape due to lifestyle preferences that make a short-cut lawn good for children, pets, and parties and games. For some, the very idea of a ‘naturalized’ lawn is uncomfortable. But stay with us here!
When you let the lawn run wild, you save on mowing and other maintenance chores and still get a beautiful aesthetic in your outdoors. Perhaps you have an area of your yard that doesn’t need to be a manicured lawn but can instead be free-flowing and the epitome of natural while still being gorgeous and better for the environment.
These types of outdoor spaces don’t have to appear unkempt. Naturalized spaces in the landscape used native grasses, flowers, and trees to create increasingly random configurations that evolve beautifully over time. This design technique is about letting the typical Kentucky Bluegrass grow longer than usual.
The look is decidedly unstuffy and happens to also be excellent feeding and shelter opportunities for insects, bees, and birds.
This is a landscape that is in control of itself, in a good way. The idea is to let the grasses and flowers roam and self-sow/re-seed. Starting with even a small space – that no-man’s land back of the garage or a hard to mow side yard or a pathway will show you the possibilities of growing wild.
And because of our dry climate and high altitudes, your natural landscape won’t be at risk of taking over like those that might try this in other parts of the country where rainfall and humidity tend to create monsters out of some species of plants overnight.