Replacing my small lawn ideas?
I'd like to redesign this small strip of grass at the side of my house and would really like some ideas... photos below...
At the moment it is difficult to mow because of several large roots from the tree which are above ground and so I'd like to replace the grass altogether.
Although there is a tree in the middle the ground actually gets quite a lot of sun and is south facing.
I considered replacing the grass with shingle and a weed proof membrane underneath. However it may be difficult to dig around the tree to a sufficient depth for the shingle, which would need to be below the height of the roadside path to prevent it running off.
Perhaps I could create a raised bed using sleepers or concrete edging, to give a level above the height of the tree roots, and then fill that with shingle and plant some bushes.
My other idea was to replace the grass with a few stepping stones and a lawn substitute like Creeping Thyme, which wouldn't need mowing and would give a carpet of tiny flowers for most of the summer. This would be eco friendly too.
Please give me some tips and ideas :-)