i need help with my 'yard' is fake grass always awful!(11 Posts)
next door have fake grass. they are very proud of it, and make me come round to stroke it, but i'm not sure myself. would it be really unethical of me to pap their yard from dd1's window and put a picture up for 2 minutes?
the previous people in our house dug up some of our yard and put grass in. we're in a similarly shaded position, so the "grassy" bit is all mossy, but it's still green and soft underfoot.
we've also got a bit of decking out there, which i know is crap and passe and probably has a mouse nest under it, given how frequently the cat is bringing in mice, but decking is nicer than concrete for putting a picnic rug on, and you could green it up a bit with lots of stuff in pots and hanging baskets.
I wonder how easy/expensive it would be to get some of that rubberised surface, the type they put underneath children's playground equipment. It's not pretending to be grass but it's not rock-hard either.
Alternatively, you can make lawns out of things other than grass. Thyme, for example. Takes longer to get established than grass but it doesn't need cutting, is soft, fragrant and it'll also flower. Camomile is another one.
You can get artificial lawn in different textures and colours - the more expensive, the more like natural grass they look and the more comfortable they are to sit/lie on. My DH runs a company which specialises in this and it is increasingly popular with families who have dogs, young children who play football in the garden or where the conditions aren't right for a natural lawn.
No, it will never quite look like natural grass, but it could be worth considering. We are getting some in our front garden because it's such a palaver getting the lawn-mower round, so for an easy life, we are getting some laid. I shall report back after it's done (probably months from now - shoemaker's children syndrome )
don't do fake grass. This is the idea i had when we were faced with similar; build yourself a large wooden raised bed, of the kind your dad might use for growing onions, so that it fills up as much of your yard as you'd want it to. Put down stones for drainage, soil, compost and then lay some turf. Feed, water and wait. Don't know if it'd work but i still love my idea.
There are all kinds of grass seed. Shade tolerant, hard wearing etc.
It's a 'depends' sort of answer. If, when you take up the flags, the soil looks nice and dark and moist then you can probably dig in a little all purpose fertiliser and tamp it all down flat. If you find rubble, hard-core stones or other detritis you'll have to get that out and replace with top-soil before tamping down and laying a lawn on top. Commercial turf is the best option for quick results but is relatively expensive... so it depends on the area you're covering. Lawn seed for different conditions you'll find at your local garden centre (and they'll be good for advice as well). It's cheaper than turf & quite easy to sprinkle on but you have to do a bit of bird-scaring in the early days and keep it watered.
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