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Updated: September 16, 2021

Lawn Alternatives

Simple ways to reduce the amount of your property devoted to grass.
yard with less lawn
Updated: September 16, 2021

Reducing Lawns - Case Studies

View several examples of portions of lawns being replaced with climate-friendly plants and landscaping.
Updated: August 10, 2021

Ornamental and Native Grasses for the Landscape

Find native and ornamental grasses for your yard and garden.
native grasses and other native plants in an urban garden setting
Updated: June 14, 2021

Moss in the Landscape

What is moss and how can it be used in the landscape.
moss garden
Updated: April 30, 2021


Growing groundcovers in Maryland
iris cristata groundcover
Updated: April 20, 2021

How to Make a Meadow

Basic guidelines for making a native meadow in a residential landscape.
native meadow
Updated: April 20, 2021

Recommended Species for Meadow Creation in Maryland's Coastal Plain

Planting a native meadow is a challenging endeavor under the best circumstances. For Marylanders, the task is stymied by a lack of commercially available seed, and complicated by an abundance of misinformation about species selection. This fact sheet provides information on selecting species and obtaining seeds for planting a native meadow in Maryland's Coastal Plain ecoregions. The species recommended are based on those typically observed thriving in man-made meadows throughout the area. It is our hope that the species list will help landscape professionals and native seed producers in their efforts to meet the growing demand for meadow installation projects in Maryland.
Updated: April 15, 2021

Lawns and Microclover

Lawns and microclover in Maryland
Updated: April 14, 2021

Lawn (Turfgrass) Removal Methods

Physical methods of grass removal can work very well to start a new garden or enlarge planting beds.
garden fork in soil
Updated: March 25, 2021

Groundcover List

This list offers several suggestions for groundcover plants for different sites.
sensitive ferns as a groundcover