In many landscape situations, grass may not be the best choice as a plant cover. It may have a hard time growing successfully or it may be hard to mow and maintain, so a different ground cover may be more suitable. Excellent locations for alternative ground covers include areas with steep slopes, wet or shady areas and sites with easily erodible soils. When carefully selected and planted, groundcovers can improve infiltration of water into the soil, slow storm water runoff and reduce landscape maintenance needs. Consider some of these landscape alternatives below (pictures).
In addition to groundcovers, other landscaping techniques help reduce total lawn area, including: