Our backyard is big and shady and perfect for (wo)man and beast with the exception of one glaring problem: patchy grass. There are some areas that, because of the slope and clay-based soil, make it almost impossible to get grass to take root. Yet without grass, we are constantly toweling off muddy paws and feet. So after several years of trying, weâ€™ve decided to let nature take its course. On areas where we have heavy foot traffic, weâ€™ve placed large chunks of limestone and mulched around them to connect flowerbeds and make pathways. Still, that leaves plenty of space around trees where nothing really seems right, except whatâ€™s already thriving there: moss. Although Iâ€™d bookmarked an article on the New York Times site way back in 2008, I wasn’t sure my resident lawn-lover would go for it. Now that we donâ€™t use any chemicals and minimal water, however, it just makes sense. Once we make the decision between ordering Moss Acreâ€™s moss milkshake or sheet moss, weâ€™ll be all set to give it a try. I’ll update you on our results — unfortunately, that lovely photo is not of our yard! — Sarah L.