I’m a gardening expert – the easy way to refresh a patchy lawn and make it super green

KEEPING your lawn up to standards all spring and summer long can be one of the most exhausting and daunting things.

However, there's a simple way to fix its patchiness and keep it green throughout the year.

Andrea DeLong-Annaya, director of horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas, revealed that the way to do it is by adding ornamental grasses to your lawn.

Specifically, you want to look at prairie dropseed, little bluestem, inland sea oats, and pink muhlygrass.

"Native grasses give your space distinction, a sense of where you are," she told Martha Stewart.


Not only are they super easy to grow, but they let wildlife – such as butterflies, birds, and other animals – thrive.

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Additionally, they eliminate "big-bully invasives, like exotic pampas grass," she explained.

These ornamental grasses will also soften the edges of your garden and fill it out.

"A little breeze will start them dancing," she explained. "They make a garden really come alive."


Once you've decided what type of grass you want to add to your garden, you'll want to remove any mulch or debris from the ground.

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Then, you'll scrape away the top of the soil, scatter the seeds, and then cover with a bit of soil again.

However, if you'd rather have fast results, you can buy already grown plants.

To plant them, dig a deep hole in your desired spot, position your plant, and then fill it with water before backfilling. Make sure there are no air pockets in the soil!

You'll want to water the spot again and add mulch to promote better growth.


You want to make sure that when you plant them, you put them in the correct position.

"These grasses look spectacular when backlit," DeLong-Amaya explained.

For a morning glow, place them where the eastern rays will radiate through.

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But if you'd rather have them lit in the evening, plant them to the west.

And if you'd rather have a strong and clean silhouette, cut them down to the ground in late winter before new growth emerges in spring.

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