The process of removing grass involves covering sections with an old piece of carpet. After being shielded from the sunlight and water for about three weeks, the grass is dead.
Sunshine Mimosa is native to where I live in Central Florida. Thus, it is naturally adapted to this area's climate, soil, and wildlife. Sunshine Mimosa is one of many native options, which include other groundcovers as well as bushes, trees, ivies, and more. To give you an idea of what it looks like "after" the new groundcover grows in, here is a picture of my backyard, which I started last year.
Benefits of Florida NativesThe "new lawn" is extremely drought resistant and requres no watering. It also needs no fertilizer or insecticides. It will grow to a height of between 3" to 9" inches. It grows slowly and mowing is not required, but to keep it shorter it may be mowed about every six weeks during the Spring and Summer months. In contrast, grass needs to be mowed about once a week during that period here in Florida.
Did you know approximately 5% of all air pollution in the U.S. comes from lawnmowers? So there is an environmental benefit to mowing less. It is also good for the environment to not have to water. Florida has been having drought conditions lately. It is estimated that up to 80% of an average household's water use is for lawn and garden irrigation. The amount of watering needed for Sunshine Mimosa is zero. And the need for sprinkler systems, which are expensive and prone to breaking down, is also eliminated.
From an aesthetic standpoint, last year at the height of the drought in the Florida summer when everything was brown, my Sunshine Mimosa was bright green. I was getting compliments from some of the same people who were skeptical when I put it in.