Every one knows them, the lawn Nazis. Every inch of lawn perfectly manicured, with symmetrical arranged rows of cut grass. A bright green lawn can be a beautiful sight, and nothing more lovely than when freshly mowed. However, what about an alternative? With talk of water conservation and using only green fertilizers perhaps the “perfect” green lawn will slowly become a thing of the past and a new “lawn” ushered in. Now I am not necessarily speaking of letting your lawn go or creating a prairie out of your front lawn, but interesting and viable alternatives can be done. For instance, what about creating an endless garden in the front with mulch or stone pavers winding along it? A charming fountain to be the focal point with different grouping of flowers and architecture dotting the landscape. If well done it could be nice alternative to the same old yard. If the bright green lawn is what you desire one thing to remember is to not cut the grass too short. When cut too short the weeds have a greater chance at snuffing out the grass and lawn roots can be exposed making the grass dry out quicker. Given a fighting chance the grass will muscle out the weeds. It also saves on gasoline to not mow as often. If you want a lawn that thrives with less maintenance, consider using a locally adaptable grass seed which will really raise the success rate of your grass. What ever you choose, just remember, don’t be a lawn nazi!