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Groundcovers

Americans put in about 20 million acres of lawn each year-but you can break away from tradition with groundcovers, low growing plants that can form a uniform layer, as turf does. They come in different textures, colors, and some have special features like flowers or berries. When you choose the right groundcover for a site, the biggest advantage is that it needs less water and maintenance than grass does once they're established. But it's not always best to replace turf with groundcovers. Turf, especially laying down sod, is a quick solution to an eroding landscape. Because grass is soft and durable, it's also ideal for areas used by children or pets.

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