If you decided to go with a drought-tolerant yard instead of grass and you find yourself wishing you could just mow it, you’re not alone.

Lingering Grass

Many people who have to remove grass from their yard in order to install a drought-tolerant landscape find out soon enough whether they got all of it out. While waiting to plant new plants, you don’t water so the grass appears dead and gone. Those grass roots sit dormant–until you are working hard to establish your new landscaping. Suddenly, it’s growing better than ever right along with your yarrow and thyme.

Invasive Plants

Speaking of yarrow, some plants are considered invasive in a garden, meaning they take over. Yarrow is one of those plants. Invasive plants work great if you want a whole field–not so great if you just want an accent here and there.

If you have plants that spread more than you thought they would, you are probably spending more time trimming things back than you would spend mowing your lawn.

Weeds: Out Standing in Their Field

Amid your blue fescue and agaves, dandelions are sprouting. Your new drought-tolerant yard seems to showcase ne’er-do-wells like this one when grass just shrouded them. Without the lawnmower, weeds like dandelions and clover are conspicuous invaders in your xeriscape.

Covering a Lot of Ground

A popular eco-friendly landscape technique is to use decomposed granite as a ground cover. It can be used to make a path or to outline particular areas of your yard. If you have pets or small children, the decomposed granite might end up everywhere you didn’t put it. Keeping it neat and tidy–again, it’s another chore for you.

Before you convince yourself that retiring your mower will give you more time, think again.