No Lawn? No Problem. Landscaping with Alternative Materials


Landscaping is an art all its own. Many don’t realize that you can accomplish a lot in your backyard without the use of a traditional lawn. How is this possible? Well, with the landscaping supplies, tools, and strategies we have available at Pioneer Landscape Centers, we offer very real solutions and alternatives to landscaping without a lawn.

Perhaps you live in an apartment complex, or on the second story of a building with just a balcony as your outside space. You’d be surprised at how much you can accomplish with just a few decorations and an eye for design. Check out our recommendations below and see what you can come up with for your own backyard space!

Artificial Grass

Want all the beauty of a lawn without any of the headache? Artificial grass is a modern and cost-effective solution for many homeowners. With a variety of colors and textures, you can handpick an authentic looking lawn to plant in whichever way you see fit. Artificial grass allows you to conserve water, involves little to no maintenance, and is flexible enough to fit within almost any space. Pioneer’s artificial grass comes with warranty, so you can rest assured your lawn will last!

Consider the Contemporary

Contemporary and modern designs are always in style, and architects continue to develop ways to utilize this design to get around having a lawn. There are strong, bold features you can add, such as geometric shapes on the ground or dark wooden furniture. If you have a yard, but no grass, feel free to incorporate pebbles and narrow pathways to create an air of mystery and enchantment.

Geometry is Your Friend

Following up from the previous idea, keep in mind that geometric shapes and bold angles are a great way to landscape your space without using a lawn. Even if you have a few sparse trees or bushes planted throughout, try to line up your plants in a row and scatter geometric shapes in between them. Mexican river rock can add a cool, sleek, cobblestone-like ground, while large round rocks or square pedestals add depth and uniqueness to your lawn.

The beauty of this project is that you don’t need advanced landscaping supplies or a range of experience in order to achieve a dynamic yard. Landscapers are inspired by what surrounds them, so gather what you have and build something truly extraordinary.

Just Add Water

Want to really add emphasis on your yard without having a lawn? You can fill in those empty spaces with a man-made waterfall or brook, adding lots of depth to an otherwise flat or boring space. Incorporating water on different levels and surfaces can really give your home a natural touch, making it look larger, deeper, and more textured than ever before. Stone steps on either side of a waterfall make your yard a walking experience, one that friends and neighbors won’t be able to get enough of.

Create Your Own Scenery

Even if you have a small balcony or apartment-sized backyard, you can decorate it with planters, potted flowers, and other natural touches in order to make it your own personal forest. Stone is a great natural addition to your yard, as it can outline or accent just about anything. You can use it to create furniture, or to make a pool pop out of the ground with a nice edge. Brick pavers and rocky edging along pathways can add another natural feel to your yard, putting you in your own element of zen. No grass required!

Get a Landscape Consultation ASAP!

At Pioneer Landscape Centers, we offer the top-of-the-line landscaping supplies and strategies to help you get your yard to where you want it. Whether you’re just starting out, or you are looking for new ideas to decorate your yard without a lawn, our friendly professionals are always here to help. Grass or no grass, there are endless ideas for making your yard a beautiful reflection of your home and character. Reach out to us at any time for more! You can contact us online or give us a call at (866) 525-4079.