This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I am glad to observe that in the minds of some, several of the Sedges might be turned to good account when lawn grasses refuse to grow, not only on barren stretches of moorland, but in front yards in cities that are shaded with trees. There are many yards so situated, and in order to have something green to look at, many of them are planted with ferns, or Vinca, or Tradescantia; but none of these can be regarded with the same satisfaction as grass, or other plants which can be cut to a smooth surface. In some such yards we have seen stray plants of diminutive Sedges growing as if quite at home; and if due attention were bestowed upon them, they would be no mean rivals of Agrostis and Poa. Those best suited for this purpose are to be found in boggy places and damp woods, such as Carex paucifiora, and others of similar habits. All of which, however, would have to be collected and planted rather thickly, as they do not tiller as many of the grasses do. But this would not be much of an undertaking, and certainly the satisfaction so obtained would do more than balance expenses.
New Haven, Conn.