What about a combination of both? You could create mulitple plots with a single type of vegetable per plot. This will allow for minimal upkeep as well as add an artistic touch to your yard. You could even make raised beds for the garden so it stands out even more! Just make sure your neighborhood association doesn’t have any regulations about having a garden in your front yard.
It depends on where you live and the methods used, but in general, a vegetable garden would most likely be a better bet.
In areas prone to drought, maintaining a lawn is expensive and it requires a lot of water that is scarce to begin with. Gas-powered lawn movers, fertilizers, pesticides, and chemicals used for lawn maintenance also need to be factored in. It depends on the age and model of the gas-powered lawn mover, but in an hour, they can pollute as much as a car that has driven 20 to 200 miles. Avoid gas-powered lawn mowers and toxic chemicals if you can.
An organic vegetable garden with vegetables and legumes suitable for the season and climate is a good alternative to a more typical suburban lawn. In addition to being more ecologically sound, vegetable gardens also have an added perk: you can eat your own produce.
Most people’s lawns are made up of non-native grasses that require a lot of chemicals and mowing to maintain. I would highly recommend a vegetable garden in combination with native species (grasses or flowers). There is a beautiful lawn a block from me owned by a Japanese family that turned their lawn into a beautiful garden with stones and small gardens. I think grass is a waste of time, water, chemicals, money, etc. I also think vegetable gardens are much more practical because you can eat what you grow.
Your landscaping options are partly dictated by the region of the world in which you live (big grassy lawns are a pretty terrible idea in desert climates), but regardless of outside factors I would think that having a vegetable garden has many advantages that grass doesn’t. As many people here have pointed out, most grass lawns contain non-native grasses and plants that require a lot of upkeep and sometimes a lot of water. Growing seasonal vegetables that are native to your region would require less maintenance. Also, there are far more uses for vegetables than there are for grass. There’s nothing better than a meal made from fresh food you grew yourself.
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