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Lawn and Lawn Alternative Resources

zoysai lawnTurf is the most common groundcover in American yards but it is not always the best choice. The following resources will help you determine the conditions where turf is the right option, best turf varieties for Chatham County and the surrounding area, and alternatives to turf grasses for the NC Piedmont.

Review slides and Handouts :

  • Sustainable Lawns and Lawn Alternatives PDF
  • Lawns and Lawn Alternatives Handout PDF

Extension Gardener Handbook: Chapter 9 is all about lawns.

Download a lawn maintenance calendar for your turf type to learn the right way to manage your lawn:

More resources from NCSU’s TurfFiles website

Looking for a source of North Carolina grown sod? Visit the NC Sod Producers’ Association website for a directory by county

Learn more about meadows as a lawn alternative:

Seed sources for meadow and native grass mixes:

Thinking about planting a tall fescue-clover blend lawn? Learn more: 

Learn more about groundcovers and ornamental grasses as an alternative to lawns:

Additional options to minimize lawns:

  • Reduce your lawn by expanding mulch around trees and beds. Learn more about mulch options (N.C. Cooperative Extension)
  • Trees are one of the best options for slopes and other difficult to maintain areas. Large areas can be planted inexpensively with tree seedlings available from the NC Forest Service. Orders should be placed in the summer-fall for delivery in the winter. Visit the NC Tree Store to see what is available

Use Extension Search to find research based information from Cooperative Extension systems across the U.S.