Lawn Alternatives

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    Design

    Use These Ground Covers as Lawn Substitutes

    I think gardens look best when the ground is covered with either lush growth or an appropriate natural mulch to cover barren soil. Full coverage of the soil has the…

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    Design

    Exploring Native Lawn Alternatives That Thrive in the Mid-Atlantic

    Jeff Lorenz and his team at Refugia Design specialize in creating native landscapes in the Philadelphia area. In addition to looking better than turfgrass, the gardens they design also manage…

  • How-To

    Sustainable Solutions for Your Lawn

    Patience is the key ingredient when creating sustainable landscapes that include lawns. The “quick and easy” approach—tilling the soil, working in amendments, rolling the soil to create a level base,…

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    How-To

    Fungi Are a Sign of Soil Health

    A great indicator of soil and plant health is the appearance of fungi in a lawn. The fruiting bodies of an important underground community, they often appear in the fall…

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    Article

    Lawn Alternatives for the Mountain West

    If you’ve looked at current drought maps for the Mountain West, you’ve seen a sea of red, orange, and yellow indicating abnormally dry to severe drought conditions across the region.…

  • Design

    Lawn Problems: Is the Lawn Passé?

    Next to invasive plants, lawns have become the most hated thing in gardening. The evidence usually offered against lawns makes sense: They take up too much water, fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides...