Here is a great article by the folks at Sasaki, a design company that does mostly large projects, about cool alternatives to the dead zone some people call a lawn.
The article offers great resources and info on where to get and how to make a more ecological lawn. We all love an open green space. This article offers options that are loved by other animals too. As a New York landscaping company we often get asked to install generic sod for a lawn. And every time we offer these more environmentally friendly options.