Where lawn doesn't grow, we still need to cover ground. Here's a slide show on an intensive ground-covering project at the town center in Westbrook, CT. (Less than two minutes duration.) Scroll down for articles on durable groundcovers that make great lawn alternatives.
If you are frustrated by the difficulty of growing grass in certain areas of the yard, consider moss for groundcover. In this interview with Annie Martin, a.k.a. 'Mossin' Annie', learn how to choose the right site, choose the right moss species, and pick the best growing method for your goals. Martin is the author of "The Magical World of Moss Gardening," Timber Press, 2015.
Make a peace treaty between trees and turf.
Put diminutive micro clover in a lawn seed mix--or use it alone for a year-round green cover. It's like a free nitrogen lunch for turf--and it helps to reduce weeds.
Here are seven ground covers that replace grass and take foot traffic. An interview with Pam Penick, Author of "Lawn Gone!"