- Alternative to grass in garden
We’ve currently got a 4mx10m (approx) lawn, but with a large dog, several overhanging trees (from neighbours gardens) including a large conifer and the torrential rain we’ve had recently its now more of a mud bath than a lawn.
We’re looking at options for replacing the grass, we’ve looked at artificial grass, but it’s either really shit looking or really expensive (and still a bit shit looking!) so that’s a bit of a no-go. We want to keep something lawn like so Paving, gravel and concrete aren’t really options, what else should we look at?
Anything we go for also needs to be dog and child friendly! Thanks.Posted 4 years agogilbertodepientoSubscriber
To be fair you’ve pretty much ruled out most of the alternatives. Have you looked into the rubber style flooring they use in kids play grounds? Not cheap but it is laid like Tarmac so can be made to conform to any shape, comes in loads of colours and is kid friendly. Just a thought.Posted 4 years agoproperbikecoMember
if you want something lawn like your options are either natural turf or artificial grass!
If you only have a small area to do the artificial stuff is pretty good nowadays and you don’t have to cut it! It is also good to use all year round. Think of the time and labour costs involved in the upkeep of a lawn before you dismiss it as expensive.Posted 4 years agoleffeboySubscriber
I sometimes ride through a park with a large building where they often hold events and one day they were putting up tents and covering the surrounding grass with this artificial stuff. It looked incredible so I’m sure it wasn’t cheap but it changed my view of what artificial grass could be. As properbikeco says, you want to look at all the costs as your alternative may be to put in proper drainage and some reinforcing mesh 🙁Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
You can make lawns with the same kinds of sedums that are used for green roofs although you’d need to research that as theres all sorts of sedums and some would work better than others for the ammount of light ands wear they’ll get
You can make lawns out of clover (and bees will love you)
I’ve camped in france on a lawn of mint – totes amazeballs
you can also make lawns with camomile or thyme.
As much as its seen as a scourge of the lawn – moss to my mind is far nicer than grass.
It may also be you’ve just got the wrong grass, so maybe you need to lay or seed grass thats better suited to the shady conditions. Or with it being a largish area – unless you play bowls or tennis in the garden maybe turn it into meadow with paths amongst it rather than keeping it all mown and then having it muddy upPosted 4 years agojonah tontoMember
i would look into seeding it with wildflowers, they are tougher than a lawn which is basically a monocrop so if there is a weather related failure the whole thing lets go. good for bees, different pretty flowers all summer, and the best bit it you only cut the grass once a yearPosted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
Talk to Andrew at this firm: http://www.wesupplyartificialgrass.com/Products.aspx?code=F2NA9MZFCT
He’s a cyclist and he talks sense.Posted 4 years agobackinirelandMember
Think you need to sort drainage first. I,d be looking at digging some drainage and if nowhere to drain it too a soakaway. Not too difficult to do, dig ditches then some 4 inch stone in them then cover over.
Have had similar problem with ours though it’s a lot bigger….Posted 4 years agoswedishmattMember
You can get moss type stuff that is green and looks like grass from a distance.
Whoever thought up grass as a good way to surround houses was clever as ****. Imagine the product line up: grass seeds – check, fertilizer – check, anti moss stuff – check. Lawn mower – check. Buying new grass ready made – check.
Good marketing there like. Grass is useless.Posted 4 years ago
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