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Low input and alternative lawns

Ground covers for the Midwest

Ground covers may be used as "living mulch," for erosion control, to manage weeds, or in areas of a site that are hard to maintain.

Ground covers for rough sites

Grasses that can be used in poor sites and in low maintenance situations.

Ornamental grasses for cold climates

Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates helps northern gardeners select grasses for lawn or garden.

Ornamental grasses for Minnesota

This slide set illustrates the variety of ornamental grasses suitable for Minnesota.


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