This page introduces expert HomeTips information on lawns and ground covers, including how to choose, mow, water, care, replant, and more.

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

green lawn with stepping stones garden path
Whether carpeting small, private areas or expansive yards, lawns make a yard welcoming. ©Rodho /

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 ground covers can offer a carpet of beauty in the yard or garden.

But lawns and ground covers 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 ground covers.

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

• 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
Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years as a remodeler and builder, 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,” served as MSN’s home expert for several years, and is featured as Yelp's home improvement expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort