Six Fresh Ways to Incorporate Grass into Your Yard

Go beyond the typical manicured lawn.

Manicured lawns are so passé—and because of all the maintenance and water they require, not so good for the environment, either. But there are plenty of grasses that will give your garden easy-care, year-round appeal.


• Prune most grasses in the early spring, rather than the fall, when they provide food and shelter for a variety of birds and insects.

• Most grasses require full sun and good drainage.

• Regular lawn grasses take over mixed meadow plantings easily, so use bunch-forming natives instead.

• Grasses look great in pots and in borders at the end of the season.

• Don’t forage for beach grass—or virtually anything—on our region’s shorelines. They are an important part of erosion control.