40 Remarkable Backyard Grass Ideas

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40 Remarkable Backyard Grass Ideas

Welcome to our gallery featuring verdant backyard grass ideas!

One of the most iconic and ubiquitous yard elements is grass. Grass is the prime backdrop for the vast majority of landscaping ideas. Many neighborhoods have associations that mandate homes have a specific kind of grass, as well as requiring maintenance at a specific length.

If you live in an area with specific guidelines your options may be limited. You will have to adhere to the regulations that have been put in place by your association. Make sure to check in with your neighborhood association charter before making any major changes to your yard.

However, if you are in an area where you can change your lawn freely, you have a number of great grass sod options. There are a number of different species that each have a unique look and feel. Shop around and find a grass that suits your needs and only requires an amount of care you are willing to provide.

While most grass comes in sod that covers a wide space, there are plenty of kinds of tall grasses that can add interesting elements to your gardens. Tall grasses help fill out gardens, giving additional amazing textures and colors. Unlike the standard sod lawn, taller wild grasses are meant to add features and textures to your space. These kinds of grasses can draw focus and accentuate features. Water features and rock gardens are perfect for these kinds of grasses.

What are the pros and cons of adding grasses into your space?

Pros

  1. Great backdrop – Grass is the best backdrop for gardens and landscapes. The perfect lawn can be lively without drawing from the focus you may want directed elsewhere. But, just because grass can be great for a backdrop setting, interesting grass features can steal the show if you want them to also.
  2. Versatile – When properly prepared, you can have grass coat most areas. You can cut and shape patches of grass into patterns and shapes. You can fit patches of grass into areas where nothing else will go. Grass can make these small or awkward spaces fit in with the rest of your landscape with just a touch of green. There are also unconventional styles of grass. Tall grasses can be used in gardens or to accentuate features in your space.
  3. Classic appeal – Grass is the classic appeal of a lawn. It is great to lay down on and, after being freshly mowed, it gives off a scent that many people enjoy. The best way to build a classic ‘picket fence’ home is with a well maintained and pristine lawn of grass.

Cons

  1. Widespread – If you are really looking to stand out and make an impression grass may not help in this matter. Some very interesting things can be done with grass and it can be quite beautiful, but it is nearly universal. Almost every home you see has some style of grass lawn. Grass is such a popular option it is almost compulsory to owning a home. There are some varieties of grass that can be used in very out-of-the-box ways, though a lawn with simple laid sod is a very popular choice.
  2. Maintenance – Grass lawns can require a great deal of maintenance. They need to be cut regularly to prevent them from getting overly long and looking unkempt. Grass can also be easily choked out by things on your lawn. If you leave something lying on your lawn for too long, the grass underneath can brown and die, leaving a large dead spot. Depending on the type of grass and area, you may also be required to add fertilization and other applied nutrients to keep the lawn vibrant and lush.

Grass cost depends on the type and quality of the sod you acquire. On the lower end of the spectrum, grass costs around $0.95 per square foot. Higher end grass sod can cost upwards of $2 per square foot. While the grass itself is not as costly as other lawn options there are expenses associated with care and upkeep. These costs are determined by your area. Different places have different regulations on lawn care and different climates make some grasses require more or less attention. Because of these factors, the overall upkeep costs may vary widely. (Source: Homewyse)

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Here is a garden that uses small patches of tall grass to fill out the garden's profile. Grass is great for filling in otherwise blank spaces and providing great greens and yellows for the flowers to contrast against.

Here is a garden that uses small patches of tall grass to fill out the garden’s profile. Grass is great for filling in otherwise blank spaces and providing great greens and yellows for the flowers to contrast against.

Here is a layered yard with some unconventional use of grass. The tall and flowing grasses on the top layer are allowed to spill over the brick, giving this yard an interesting shaggy and natural look.

Here is a layered yard with some unconventional use of grass. The tall and flowing grasses on the top layer are allowed to spill over the brick, giving this yard an interesting shaggy and natural look. Source: Zillow Digs™

This bridge has some wonderful tall grasses at the end. This provides a marshy waterfront appeal. These tall grasses are not what you typically imagine when you think of a grass lawn, but they are some of the more interesting kinds of grass that can be used in landscaping.


This bridge has some wonderful tall grasses at the end. This provides a marshy waterfront appeal. These tall grasses are not what you typically imagine when you think of a grass lawn, but they are some of the more interesting kinds of grass that can be used in landscaping.

Sometimes letting grass grow out can be part of an intentional style. This overgrown lawn is great for covering and flowing with this uneven surface. It blends well with the plants chosen for the garden.

Sometimes letting grass grow out can be part of an intentional style. This overgrown lawn is great for covering and flowing with this uneven surface. It blends well with the plants chosen for the garden. Source: Zillow Digs™

In green plant gardens you can mix different grass types for added texture and depth. Different grasses have different color profiles and looks. Mixing and matching gives a wilder and naturally occuring style.

In green plant gardens you can mix different grass types for added texture and depth. Different grasses have different color profiles and looks. Mixing and matching gives a wilder and naturally occurring style.

Here are some more patches of tall grasses used in a garden setting. These grasses are great at bringing plenty of depth and texture to a space like this.Rustic Landscape by Arroyo Grande Landscape Contractors Addison Landscape & Maintenance, Inc.

Here are some more patches of tall grasses used in a garden setting. These grasses are great at bringing plenty of depth and texture to a space like this.

This yard is on a slope and has a great stone and rock landscaping layout. Tall grasses are perfect for accentuating and bringing out the layout of the rock garden.


This yard is on a slope and has a great stone and rock landscaping layout. Tall grasses are perfect for accentuating and bringing out the layout of the rock garden. Source: Zillow Digs™

Tight spaces are perfect for plumes of grass to provide some visual interest. These kinds of grasses blend perfectly with typical grass sod. Use them to accentuate your lawn.

Tight spaces are perfect for plumes of grass to provide some visual interest. These kinds of grasses blend perfectly with typical grass sod. Use them to accentuate your lawn.

Here is a nice verdant lawn with a garden on the far side. This kind of bright green grass is vibrant and works fantastically as a backdrop for the gorgeous full garden on the far end. Traditional Landscape by New York Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Johnsen Landscapes & Pools

Here is a nice verdant lawn with a garden on the far side. This kind of bright green grass is vibrant and works fantastically as a backdrop for the gorgeous full garden on the far end.

Some tall grasses have poms on the end with variable colors. This type of grass makes a fantastic pairing for flowers and other garden plants.

Some tall grasses have poms on the end with variable colors. This type of grass makes a fantastic pairing for flowers and other garden plants. Source: Zillow Digs™

A nice rich grass lawn pairs well with the multiple kinds of tall garden grasses you can choose from. You are not restricted when mixing and matching many different kinds of grasses.


A nice rich grass lawn pairs well with the multiple kinds of tall garden grasses you can choose from. You are not restricted when mixing and matching many different kinds of grasses.

Even in spaces like this where there is limited room for grass, you can grow small patches to fill out gardens and spaces between features.

Even in spaces like this where there is limited room for grass, you can grow small patches to fill out gardens and spaces between features. Source: Zillow Digs™

Here is a great patch of yard that has four kinds of grass. This nice well-maintained lawn is punctuated with two kinds of tall grass on either side. These tall grasses add great depth to the space.
Contemporary Landscape by Berkeley Architects & Building Designers WA Design Architects

Here is a great patch of yard that has four kinds of grass. This nice well-maintained lawn is punctuated with two kinds of tall grass on either side. These tall grasses add great depth to the space.

Here is another great space with a mix of wonderful grasses. Each of the grasses provides a different element to the features around the area, showing just how much versatility grasses have.

Here is another great space with a mix of wonderful grasses. Each of the grasses provides a different element to the features around the area, showing just how much versatility grasses have. Source: Zillow Digs™

This is a very interesting space with some great grasswork. This space proves that you can place sod and grass on multiple various surfaces.

This is a very interesting space with some great grasswork. This space proves that you can place sod and grass on multiple various surfaces.  See more of this home here. Designed by IROJE KHM Architects

This garden area has a wide variety of grasses. It is a great palette of grasses that demonstrates the variability of texture, color, and shapes that can be added to your space.

This garden area has a wide variety of grasses. It is a great palette of grasses that demonstrates the variability of texture, color, and shapes that can be added to your space.Source: Zillow Digs™

Plumes of tall grass are perfect near water features. This can really help build a natural waterfront look. Natural swamps and streams have lots of tall grasses to draw inspiration from.


Plumes of tall grass are perfect near water features. This can really help build a natural waterfront look. Natural swamps and streams have lots of tall grasses to draw inspiration from.

Grass sod has an amazing ability to cover different spaces. The ground here is quite uneven but the grass covers the space well, coating the area in a rich and full green.

Grass sod has an amazing ability to cover different spaces. The ground here is quite uneven but the grass covers the space well, coating the area in a rich and full green. Source: Zillow Digs™

You may choose to have your grass lawn run all the way to your large garden, creating a seamless transition between the two elements.

You may choose to have your grass lawn run all the way to your large garden, creating a seamless transition between the two elements.

Grass lawns look fantastic when maintained well. This lawn is maintained perfectly with sharp edges and neat lines, making the yard look sleek and clean.  

Grass lawns look fantastic when maintained well. This lawn is maintained perfectly with sharp edges and neat lines, making the yard look sleek and clean.  Source: Zillow Digs™

Tall grasses work well when planted in patches around features. This waterfall is elevated to a higher level with the grasses around it.

Tall grasses work well when planted in patches around features. This waterfall is elevated to a higher level with the grasses around it.

Even a small patch of grass sod can make an impression. This yard has a lovely unique shaped patch of grass.The grass is perfectly maintained and appealing.

Even a small patch of grass sod can make an impression. This yard has a lovely unique shaped patch of grass.The grass is perfectly maintained and appealing. Source: Zillow Digs™

This outdoor wall has a patch of grass on it, demonstrating that sod can be placed on a wide variety of surfaces. While a patch of sod may be common, it is not common to have it placed vertically on a wall.


This outdoor wall has a patch of grass on it, demonstrating that sod can be placed on a wide variety of surfaces. While a patch of sod may be common, it is not common to have it placed vertically on a wall. See more of this home here. Designed by IROJE KHM Architects 

This grass has a deep and rich color that makes a wonderful backdrop for the features and colors of the other plants. A lawn like this is a great way to build a backdrop for your landscaping and garden.

This grass has a deep and rich color that makes a wonderful backdrop for the features and colors of the other plants. A lawn like this is a great way to build a backdrop for your landscaping and garden. Source: Zillow Digs™

These wild and tall grasses bring this stone waterfall to life with a pleasant profile of texture and color. This combination is the perfect collection of elements to make a water feature feel incredibly natural.

These wild and tall grasses bring this stone waterfall to life with a pleasant profile of texture and color. This combination is the perfect collection of elements to make a water feature feel incredibly natural.

If you have a walkway but do not want to cover the entire thing in a solid portion of grass, you can add a few sporadic patches of different grasses to make an interesting and more unique walkway.

If you have a walkway but do not want to cover the entire thing in a solid portion of grass, you can add a few sporadic patches of different grasses to make an interesting and more unique walkway. Source: Zillow Digs™

This space has a couple of different kinds of grass. The sod on the far end creates a nice open space for kids to play. In the pond area there are some tall grasses to make the water feature feel more wild and natural.

This space has a couple of different kinds of grass. The sod on the far end creates a nice open space for kids to play. In the pond area there are some tall grasses to make the water feature feel more wild and natural.

If you don't have association rules to follow, you may decide to let your grass grow out. This yard has a large patch of grass that has grown out substantially. This wild and shaggy aesthetic is a great stage for naturally cut rock features.

If you don’t have association rules to follow, you may decide to let your grass grow out. This yard has a large patch of grass that has grown out substantially. This wild and shaggy aesthetic is a great stage for naturally cut rock features.  Source: Zillow Digs™

This space has a number of rocks in the ground with well maintained grass between the large stepping stones. Grass is great at filling spaces like this, making your yard look more complete. Traditional Landscape by Carrollton Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Harold Leidner Landscape Architects


This space has a number of rocks in the ground with well maintained grass between the large stepping stones. Grass is great at filling spaces like this, making your yard look more complete.

One of the greatest advantages of grass sod is that it is adaptable to features you may want to add to your space. The sod here is a great home to these stone features and well trimmed hedges.

One of the greatest advantages of grass sod is that it is adaptable to features you may want to add to your space. The sod here is a great home to these stone features and well trimmed hedges. Source: Zillow Digs™

In spaces where there is not a lot of room for large sections of sod you can use a few patches of tall grass to add a dash of life to the space.

In spaces where there is not a lot of room for large sections of sod you can use a few patches of tall grass to add a dash of life to the space.

Even if your waterfall is not naturalistic, a patch of tall grass can still accentuate it. This waterfall is made from metal components, but it still looks amazing paired with a nice patch of tall grass.

Even if your waterfall is not naturalistic, a patch of tall grass can still accentuate it. This waterfall is made from metal components, but it still looks amazing paired with a nice patch of tall grass. Source: Zillow Digs™

A line of tall grasses can be a great backdrop for a pool area. It can function to block some sightlines while giving a marshy look to your swimming hole.Modern Pool by Burlington Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Wagner Hodgson

A line of tall grasses can be a great backdrop for a pool area. It can function to block some sightlines while giving a marshy look to your swimming hole.

This yard has a great section that includes grass. The grass is in a checkerboard pattern with contrasting stone slabs. This use of grass is very creative and builds visual interest.

This yard has a great section that includes grass. The grass is in a checkerboard pattern with contrasting stone slabs. This use of grass is very creative and builds visual interest. Source: Zillow Digs™

This small area has a patio that is a mix of stone slabs and grass sod. Grass can be cool and soft to the touch while the stone can soak up the sun and be warm on feet, making a great complimentary pair.

This small area has a patio that is a mix of stone slabs and grass sod. Grass can be cool and soft to the touch while the stone can soak up the sun and be warm on feet, making a great complimentary pair.

If you break up sections of your grass with divider lines, you can add some interesting design elements to your yard.

If you break up sections of your grass with divider lines, you can add some interesting design elements to your yard. Source: Zillow Digs™

If you have a nice garden with lovely flowers, you can spice it up with a patch of interesting tall grass in the center. This patch of grass really brings interest and depth to your garden.

If you have a nice garden with lovely flowers, you can spice it up with a patch of interesting tall grass in the center. This patch of grass really brings interest and depth to your garden.

The grass here is covering a set of outdoor steps. Grass sod can cover almost any surface, including stairs. These soft grass steps will surely be pleasant to bare feet. Contemporary Landscape by Los Angeles Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers GEL: Griffin Enright Landscape

The grass here is covering a set of outdoor steps. Grass sod can cover almost any surface, including stairs. These soft grass steps will surely be pleasant to bare feet.

This patio is constructed from a number of square stone slabs lined with patches of grass. The grass then merges with the surrounding space. This is a lovely use of grass that demonstrates just how well it can accentuate other features.

This patio is constructed from a number of square stone slabs lined with patches of grass. The grass then merges with the surrounding space. This is a lovely use of grass that demonstrates just how well it can accentuate other features. Source: Zillow Digs™

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