Your lawn shouldn't be bad for your yard. Yet much of the weed killer, fertilizer and turf builder people use on grass can sometimes be harsh on other plants and on the environment as a whole.
Fortunately, there are chemical-free ways to keep your lawn looking great. For instance, many homeowners add turfgrass that naturally resists insects and disease to their lawn. Called zoysia grass, the durable plant spreads into a permanent, perennial lawn.
Its deep, vigorous root system rarely needs watering and the lawn is dense enough that it prevents crabgrass and other weeds from germinating. That means homeowners don't need to spread toxic weed killers. Additionally, because its roots run so deep, the turfgrass does not need heavy doses of fertilizer.
The turfgrass is sold as individual starter plant plugs, rather than as seed or sod, meaning it can be planted into bare ground or existing lawns.