We’ve already talked about how artificial turf in Long Island, NY is amazing for eco-conscious homeowners, pet owners, golfers and anyone who loves a good backyard BBQ

Now, let’s focus on those who just want a jolly little garden with no hassle and minimal care.

The concept of gardening on artificial turf may sound strange, but it’s actually a great idea for people who love nature but hate bugs, weeds and lawn care. 

On the other hand, you still have to do some research on what plant species will work best in your region of Long Island.

To get started, here are five of the easiest plants to grow on artificial grass:

1. Lavender

To gardeners, lavender is the ultimate plant—it smells great, looks fantastic and has near-magical healing properties. It’s no wonder it’s one of the easiest things to grow in Long Island! 

Lavender will grow well in most regions that have full sun exposure, so it’s perfect for artificial turf. It not only adds a nice touch of color to any synthetic garden, but it will also ward off common pests like mosquitoes and flies.

2. Pansies

Pansies are compact little plants that can survive both cold weather and hot weather (although they won’t do well in the heat of summer). Although they come in a variety of colors, orange pansies are a great choice to plant on artificial grass in Long Island because they look amazing when paired with green. 

Pansies will grow best if you place them in partial or full sun. You may not get the most flowers from these plants, but their vibrant colors make up for it.

3. Sunflowers

Sunflowers are perfect for a child’s garden—they’re fun to watch grow, they have a wonderful scent and kids love planting them. 

Although these flowers will need plenty of direct sunlight, they should do just fine on artificial turf in Long Island, because synthetic turf won’t wilt in the sun. 

Just be sure not to plant sunflowers directly on the synthetic grass—put them in containers or plant them around the perimeter of your garden to make sure they get plenty of sunlight.

4. Zinnias

Zinnias are another flower that thrives in full sun, so you should definitely place these flowers in the sunniest section of your synthetic grass in Long Island.

These bright, colorful flowers also have a distinct shape, which makes them interesting additions to any garden. Consider using raised planters if you’re worried about damaging your synthetic lawn with heavy pots.

5. Cosmos

If you want something big and bold in your garden, look no further than Cosmos. This large plant (which can grow up to four feet tall) has beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, white and yellow. 

Although these plants require direct sunlight to bloom well, they will still do just fine on shadier parts of your artificial yard.

Gardening Tips for Artificial Turf in Long Island, NY

Before you go out to your local nursery and purchase all the plants you want for your artificial lawn, there are a few things to keep in mind:

• Use pots, planters or raised garden beds. 

As a rule of thumb, try to avoid planting directly in the turf itself whenever possible to prevent unnecessary damage to your yard.

If you wish to integrate plants right into the turf, however, make sure to run the idea by our team during the consultation. There are ways to work around this issue, so just let us know what you’re thinking.

• Clean any fallen leaves and debris after gardening.

While artificial turf itself won’t rot, organic material such as dead leaves, fallen flowers and twigs do.

These items can also attract insects, which may become an unwanted problem in your synthetic yard and create unpleasant smells. Therefore, make sure to clean up fallen plant material after gardening.

• Grow any plant or flower you want!

We focused on low-effort plants in this article (which goes perfectly with low-maintenance turf!), but once you have artificial grass, you can completely focus on making your garden thrive.

With synthetic turf, you won’t have to worry about grass competing with your plants for water, nutrients and sunlight. Weeds and pests won’t be a problem either. Mud and lawn diseases? Those are things of the past!

So if you have a green thumb—or you want to see if you have one—get out there and plant! You can grow anything your heart desires with gorgeous synthetic turf in Long Island, so explore your options to the fullest.

Still, Have a Natural Lawn? It’s Time to Go Synthetic!

Finally, if you’re struggling with natural grass, save yourself the hassle and upgrade to artificial turf. Our team can help you transition to a lush, flawless landscape with minimal effort. 

In fact, we offer a no-obligation, FREE consultation + price quote. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about all the benefits of synthetic grass!

Call us at 631-900-2955 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with our friendly artificial grass installers in Long Island today.