A New, Low-Water Sod?

A New, Low-Water Sod?

Amber Byfield
Jul 31, 2009

You probably know how much we love succulents here at Re-Nest. So it comes as no surprise that we're intrigued by this particular incarnation of the easy-care plants...

Take a look at this succulent mat, still in the development stages, from Altman Plants. It's a possible replacement for some uses of thirsty, traditional grass sod; while it's a piece of succulent art not appropriate for walking on, imagine part of your yard covered in these mats with modern concrete steps to create a path. They'd be great for green roofs, as the LA Times points out, as well as the less-walked-in front yard.

We definitely see this as a beautiful low-water solution, but can imagine that it wouldn't be the appropriate answer for just any yard (on account of the don't-walk-on-the-succulents part). What do you think? Should this product hit the market, will you be in line? Or might you consider making your own?

(Images: Altman Plants)

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