When you look at your backyard do you think “what can I do here?”, it can be overwhelming. Maybe just a green lawn but that means having to mow, weed, water, and fertilize your green grass.. maybe you could grow flowers in a variety of colors or a vegetable garden? Maybe herbs?
Maybe you could get creative and add a vertical garden, or several raised garden beds but then, what native plants and native grasses should you choose? It can be daunting.
If you want to level up your yard, but don’t have a green thumb or maybe you’re allergic to greenery, you could try gardening without plants.
Having a garden or yard area without plants seems impossible and you’re probably having trouble even putting together an idea of what that would look like in your head. But it’s definitely doable and doesn’t have to cost a fortune to turn your outdoor space into a place everyone can enjoy.
Here are some cheap no grass backyard ideas – or front yard or even side yard… or maybe even just a balcony, whatever you have you can make an inviting and appealing outdoor area even without grass or plants.
Invest In A Good Quality Hardscape
A good choice quality hardscape won’t need regular maintenance or repair so even if you spend a little more upfront, it will be worth it.
You can use any of the following:
If you have a small area to cover you make want to use pebbles, or river rocks, or paving stones:
- Each measuring 5mm, these polished rocks for succulent plants are adored by bonsai gardeners & zen garden landscapers.
- Sold in big 3lb bulk bags, our white pebble rocks for bonsai plants are the affordable, no hassle choice for DIY gardeners looking to decorate a meditation garden, reflection garden, fairy garden.
- Though commonly used to fill Bonsai planters inside, the pebbles can also be scattered outdoors in flowerbeds & pots. Use the little pebbles as decorative rocks for succulents, cactus plants, flowerbeds, fairy gardens & more.
- Other types of filler can expose plants to toxins, but our pebbles are naturally sourced & gentle on gardens. We use no additional dyes, oils or varnishes to produce these mini pebble rocks.
- Tidy up the tops of your succulent plants with the addition of little pebbles scattered loose like gravel. The polished rocks make a great pick for cactus plants, succulent plants or bonsai trees.
- These black stones are non-toxic and eco-friendly river not large rocks and can be used for a rock garden. Their natural attribute will make them last longer because they will not deteriorate like mulch wood chips does in flower beds.
- Common applications include succulent containers, and potted plants, aquariums and terrariums. It is perfect for home decor and a creative interior and exterior design.
- The black river rocks range in length approx from 1″ to 1.5″ Rocks are natural and as a result some may be broken or out of shape, oval or round, thick or thin.
- Weight: 15 pounds.
- Pebbles are polished and coated in pure paraffin wax to enhance color and shine.
These are a great way to add an incredible look to your outdoor area even without greenery.
- PRODUCT- The fastest and easiest way to create a convenient and attractive path, lightweight material resembles natural stone but is much easier to handle, comes as a set of four
- EASY INSTALL- Decorative pavers install in seconds on grass, gravel, sand or soil
- MEASUREMENTS- 12″ square x 1″ thick
- MATERIALS- Made from up to 98% recycled materials (recycled car tires and plastic)
Add A Water Feature
Adding a water features such as a small pond or mini fountain can also improve the appearance and ambiance of your yard.
The sound of water flowing will help you relax which is one of the main reasons for having a beautiful garden area, right? To have some place to clear your mind and enjoy nature. Here are some great ideas for small yards or even larger spaces.
Tiered Stacked Stone Waterfall Fountain
- Features 4 tiered bowls (of different sizes) and stacked natural stone look columns for a soothing addition to your porch or traditional lawn
- Constructed from resin with a natural look, the fountain is weatherproof, rust-resistant, and resilient
- Built-in LED lights in each tier keep the fountain illuminated for a magical display
- Includes a pump and all necessary parts for installation without additional hardware
- Measures 16.34″ x 15.55″ x 33″ for a peaceful atmosphere without taking up too much space
Pond and Waterfall Kit
- A simple, easy, and fun way to add the sights and sounds of a water garden to any location even small backyard ideas
- Provides a relaxing focal point for homes, patios, offices, balconies, bedrooms, gardens, and more with little water that can remind you of the sound of an almost dry creek bed
- Includes plant and waterfall filter, LED waterfall light and transformer, water pump and low-suction attachment, expanded clay grow media, black polished decorative gravel and mixed polished decorative gravel
- Create a style of your own with endless design options, including adding a wide variety of plants, stones, driftwood, or fish to create your very own water feature
- Measures: 23. 5-inch L x 23. 5-inch W x 10-inch H, weight 19-pounds; Holds 5 to 7 gallons of water
Have A Fire Pit And Barbecue Area
Having a place to sit and enjoy a fire outside is very relaxing and is a great focal point when you have guests over.
Everyone loves food cooked on a grill, check out these ideas:
Outdoor Fire Pit
- Ingenious Design: Fire Pits for Outside grid-like outer wall improves the visibility, adopt 3 bars of angle iron on the interior bottom of the fire bowl to raise the logs of the fire. sufficient oxygen keeps the wood fully burning . Middle Bottom drain holes for easy water drainage (in case of raining).
- Sturdy Durable: This round fire pit is made from iron, Black heat-resistant and anti-rust coating on the surface. With weather resistant, 3 legs stable large load-bearing capacity, long-lasting durability and rustproof features.
- Safe Reliable: This patio fire pit comes with a spark screen and a fire poker to protect you and loved ones from potentially dangerous flying embers. prevent the fall of sparks, avoid fire, and protect the environment.
- Outdoor Fire Pit: The Multi Functional Fire Pit is an excellent choice for outdoor heating and grilling. 24 Inch Large capacity fire bowl can hold enough firewood.
Outdoor Fire Pit
- Large size: Perfect to fit many people around for a bonfire in the patio, yard or garden. Overall 36 inches long x 27 inches wide x 25 inches tall, weighs 30 pounds; Grate dimensions: 19.5″ L x 11.75″ W
- Perfect for bbq cooking: Fire pit grill works great for barbecue cookouts out on the lawn; Fireplace has a hinged door on the mesh screen to easily access burning logs, the grilling grate, or to add firewood; Tubular metal rail encircles the brazier, making it easily portable to bring with camping
- Heavy duty and rust resistant: Firepit is made from durable thick steel construction and features a black high temperature paint finish for resistance to heat and rust; Fits any outside decor theme so you can light up the night in the backyard or enjoy cozy memories at the campground
- Full grill set included: Includes durable rectangular chrome cooking grate for serving food, spark screen for added safety from flying sparks, poker tool to easily control the flame, and top quality waterproof/weather resistant cover
Add Some Lighting
Imagine relaxing in your garden at night with these lights on your patio or in your walkways.
Adding some lights to your yard can also make your yard more attractive and inviting at night.
12-Pack Solar Outdoor Pathway Lights
- Powered by free solar energy and no electricity required. The solar panel supports long-term operations. They will come on automatically at night and turn off automatically at dawn. There is a switch ON/OFF under the light cover, make sure you turn the switch to ON position before charging.
- Measures: 3.3 x 3.3 x 13.4 inches per lights.
- Light Color: Warm White
- Suitable for outdoor use, the light can work normally under all kinds of weather with the waterproof rating of IP44 and weatherproof, no worries about rain, snow, frost, and sleet.
- No wires needed. Push the stake into the soil, it just takes a few seconds. When you receive solar lights, please turn the switch to ON position under the light cap then place the light cover upside down at the table to check whether the lights will light up or not.
- Add a charming, decorative glow to your pathway, decorate your garden, porch or yard.
Outdoor String Lights
- Weatherproof & Heavy-duty: This outdoor string lights are UL listed weatherproof commercial. The insulation material can protect the strand from hot winter, sun, wind, rain, snow and damp. Flexible heavy-duty cord withstands the wear of indoor and outdoor use.
- Dimmer Compatible to Set The Right Mood: For greater mood lighting flexibility and a soft glow, a dimmer switch to create the perfect atmosphere for a birthday party, family reunion, or wedding reception. It adds flair to bistro wooden deck porch patio garden backyard terrace pergola café restaurant malls for wedding BBQ party banquets, also suitable for tree-lighting like Christmas tree.
- Ideal Outdoor Lighting: Each strand contains 15 E26 based hanging sockets, provided with 11W S14 incandescent bulbs . The distance between bulbs is approximately 3.11FT. This Heavy-duty light is bright enough and ideal illumination anywhere.
- Smart Installation: Each socket has hanging hook above, makes it easy for hanging with hooks, guide wires, or zip ties. It can connect with another simply use grounded cord plugs into any standard outlets. Link up to 5 strands.
Use Fake Grass
A plant-free garden doesn’t mean you can’t have any greenery. You can always use grass alternatives or synthetic turf as a great option.
It will give you the appealing look you’ll enjoy especially if there’s extra space in your yard and you haven’t decided yet what to put in.
Artificial Grass Rug
- THICK & REALISTIC ARTIFICIAL GRASS RUG: Grass height about 1.37” in length, 70 oz total weight per square yard, high-density artificial grass. With 4-tone different colors, soft and lush and the thatch is a great alternative to real natural grass. Providing you with year round green and turf enjoyment, perfect for all indoor and outdoor projects.
- PERFORMANCE : Made of high quality synthetic material, Superior resilience and durability, rubber backed with drainage hole, can be dry quickly.
- ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY & SAVE MONEY: With tis type of lawn alternatives there is no mowing, safe for pets and children, no watering for a lower water bill.
- Perfect for Outdoor decor, such as Garden, Lawn, Patio, Landscape design, cheap Backyard ideas, Deck, Balcony, Porch and other outdoor place. Also used as Mat, Carpet, Doormats in indoor Home.
Artificial Grass Mat
- Artificial Grass Mats made of super-strong high density polyethylene that’s soft to the touch and water resistant latex backing with drainage holes for water pass through, easy to clean and can be dry quickly.
- Artificial Grass Doormat measures 3.2′ x 6.5′, Artificial turf is great for deck, backyard, dollhouse, pet dog area, kindergarten, roof, balcony, swimming pool, patio garden decoration, table display, doormat, shady area, play area, and much more.
- Artificial grass provides a superior flooring solution for a variety of applications. Perfect for all indoor and outdoor projects.
- Weatherproof to withstand the elements, no maintenance, trimming or upkeep, so no hassle, and requires no water unless you use that as a source for cleaning.
- Fasmov artificial, ornamental grass looks beautiful and compliments any scenery, it is strong enough to withstand the weather and can be used in many ways to fit all types of areas.
Having a garden or an outdoor space doesn’t mean you need to have plants that will have to be maintained.
By being creative and thinking outside the box, you can have an appealing and inviting outdoor space. Even if it’s plant-free.
Do you have no grass areas in your yard? What did you decide to do with it? Share in the comments we’d love more ideas.
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