Many people are conscious of the environment, and they realize that watering a lawn daily is not a great practice for the most part. They still want to have a lawn-like environment, however, but may find it hard to have the same curb appeal without a grassy yard. Following are a few options to consider if you’re looking for an eco-friendly and efficient alternative to using sod. Let’s get started.


If you are looking for an efficient alternative to using sod that will be drought-resistant and look amazing, consider Kurapia. It requires about 60% less water than traditional turfgrass. Dense and tight, it grows to a maximum height of only three inches, which means you don’t have to worry about weekly mowing. It is versatile, tidy, and can be grown in partial shade or full sun and thrive either way.


This drought-tolerant ground cover can replace a small lawn because while it is often grown between stepping stones, it can grow vigorously enough to fill in a small area. It can tolerate light foot traffic and thrives in warm temperatures and full sun. Because there are many varieties of thyme, you can choose one in the color you prefer and even grow taller varieties along the edges of your lawn. As an added bonus, your lawn will smell amazing when you use this herb for ground cover.


Also called “Silver Carpet,” dymondia is another efficient alternative to using sod that will thrive with minimal maintenance and watering. It does not take well to foot traffic, however, so you will need to create a pathway with stepping stones in high traffic areas. It requires full sun and well-drained soil to thrive once established after its first three months in the ground.

Native Grass Sod

Finally, you can opt for native varieties of sod which will require half the amount of water to stay lush with optional mowing depending on the look you want. You can get a mix that is highly shade-tolerant, or one that does well in full to moderate sun. This is a great option to consider, given that in just one-fourth of an acre of lawn, there are millions of grass plants.

It is easy to replace a traditional lawn with a drought-tolerant and low-maintenance alternative. Conserving water and contributing to the environment does not have to doom you to hard concrete or bare yards.