PART VII: Backyard Management


Grasses & Ground Covers:

  • Easy Lawns, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    "Low Maintenance Native Grasses for Gardeners Everywhere" - essays from the book.
  • Ground Covers, Michigan State University Extension
    Planting and pruning of ground covers, as alternatives to lawns.
  • Ground Covers: Their Establishment and Maintenance, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
    Describes how to plant and maintain ground covers to take advantage of their low-maintenance features.
  • Lawn and Garden Care, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    Rules of thumb for lawn care.
  • Lawn Care, Ortho
    General overview of warm season, cool season and native grasses.
  • Plants Database, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    Searchable database and fact sheets for native and non-native plants, including grasses, grass-like species and other ground covers.
  • Selecting a Ground Cover (PDF - 80 KB), University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
    Describes how to evaluate a site for ground cover.
  • The Wild Ones Handbook, U.S.EPA & Wild Ones -- Natural Landscapers, Ltd.
    Briefs on the hazards of high-maintenance lawns.

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Last Revised: May 5, 2000

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