If taking care of a grassy lawn means lots of water, fertilizers and mowing, consider converting to a greener and softer alternative: moss. Not only will you have a green lawn year-round, it's self-maintaining and needs little to zero help to thrive. A moss lawn works best where you already have trouble growing grass, in shady and damp areas. Use clumps of sheet moss (available online) and "plant" it in sections where you want it to grow. Over time, it will spread by releasing spores; it will also encourage native mosses to cultivate on their own. And even if you have grass, moss doesn't prevent grass from growing; it spreads only where grass doesn't grow, which can help give you a fuller, greener lawn.