Lawn Alternative - Knowledgebase Question

Norwood, Ma
Question by sfesseha
March 10, 2010
I want to replace my current lawn with an alternative ground cover. Can you give me a couple of recommendation? I am zone 6 (Massachusetts). I was told to plant clover-but I don't want to attract bees either. Please help. thanks

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010


Here are some Massachusetts natives that make nice ground covers:
Antennaria plantaginifolia (woman's tobacco); Asarum canadense (Canadian wildginger); Cornus canadensis (bunchberry dogwood); Gaultheria procumbens (eastern teaberry); Geum canadense (white avens); Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal);
Lycopodium digitatum (fan clubmoss); Mitchella repens (partridgeberry); Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern); Viola pedata (birdfoot violet); Viola sororia (common blue violet). Any plant that flowers has the potential to attract bees but the plants listed above are not nearly as attractive to them as clover might be.

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