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Going beyond grass for yard

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The lawn remains the centerpiece in this yard, but was greatly downsized and shaped by a landscaped perimeter consisting of furniture, statuary and a variety of perennials, in Langley, Wash. Less mowing, less watering and fewer chemicals was the result. It attracts more wildlife, too.

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Grass isn't always the best ground covers for a yard: It's thirsty at a time when water is becoming scarce; it attracts fewer pollinators; it requires expensive chemicals to maintain, and it must be disposed of if you bag as you mow. That's why many property owners are downsizing their lawns or simply eliminating turf grass in exchange for something more functional and less demanding.
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