Homeowners have had a long-standing love affair with their lawns and groundcovers.


For the past several decades, a lush green lawn, has been the iconic status symbol of suburban life. Nothing quite matches a lawn for staging outdoor recreational activities such as tossing a ball, lounging in the sun, or playing a game of croquet. And groundcovers can offer a carpet of beauty in the yard or garden.

But lawns and groundcovers can have considerable environmental impact because of the amount of water and maintenance they need to thrive. As a result, the challenge is often to strike a balance–to find effective ways to minimize drawbacks while maximizing the beauty of lawns and grouncovers.

In this section of HomeTips, you will find a wealth of information to help with growing, nurturing, and caring for lawns and groundcovers.

Also See:
• Choosing a Ground Cover
• How to Aerate & Mow a Lawn
• Lawn Restoration & Care
• Lawn Watering Tips
• How to Replant a Lawn

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About Don Vandervort
An avid builder and remodeler, Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort