If you're looking for something a little different but still attractive for your lawn, consider ornamental sedge grass as a way to add a decorative touch. You can do a large portion of your lawn, the entire lawn or just use sedge to add an eye-catching border. Sedge is a hardy ornamental grass from the family Cyperaceae, which normally has a triangular stem, three vertical rows of leaves and sometimes hosts spikes of nearly hidden flowers.
Advantages of ornamental grasses
There are many types of grasses in this plant family that you can find one that thrives in nearly any set of conditions. It doesn't matter if your lawn is shady, sunny, wet and marshy or dry. This type of ornamental grass is also very hardy and low maintenance.
So, if you don't have a lot of time to tend to your lawn, you might want to consider adding as much sedge grass to your landscaping as possible. Since this type of grass tends to grow in a colorful, yellowy arch, planting some wildflowers around the clumps of ornamental grass can create a really pretty display that blooms all season.
Disadvantages of ornamental grasses
Due to the triangular stem, this type of grass feels very coarse. If you love walking around your lawn barefoot or have small children or pets who enjoy playing in the yard, this type of grass might not suit your needs. At least, not as a full lawn solution, but you can still plant it as a beautiful border.
As a border, it adds a lot of curb appeal when colorful, shorter plants are positioned around the clumps of grass. However, be aware that it tends to stand fairly tall and in rounded clumps, so it can serve as a hiding place for small pests, such as insects and snakes.
Does it look good?
Your personal taste is the true measure of beauty for this or any ornamental grass, but it can help to get input from a professional before planting. Discuss how much of this grass to add to your lawn with your Atlanta-area landscaping professional. He or she can help you decide how much or how little sedge grass to plant, based on your preferences, available space and how much time you want to spend working on your lawn.
As a general guideline, your lawn will have a natural, almost wild look if you plant this grass in all or most of the lawn, and you won't have to invest all of your lawn care time mowing. Or, if you don't mind extra mowing time and you prefer a manicured, high-maintenance lawn, add a few plants along sidewalks or your lawn's other key focal points.