Alternatives to grass
lizhanley1969 Posts: 59
Hi, I would like to take away the Astro turf I have and put a lawn in, however I do not want grass. Does anyone know of an alternative I could use instead of grass that it low maintenance and can be played on by children? Thank you
The problem with a lot of grass alternatives such as wildflower and sedum lawns is l'm not sure how conducive they are to children playing on them.
One of my old neighbours got so fed up with the state of his lawn after the children playing on it with bikes, footballs etc , he laid some weed membrane and covered the lot with bark chippings for a few years. It worked for him, even though it looked like large adventure playground (which l suppose it was).
Maybe scrap the lawn notion and have hoggin paths leading between paved areas, surrounded by lovely thick jungly planting? You could have raised timber walkways like this - how much fun would that be for a child?
Grass really is the best play surface for children - no spiky or rough bits. If you prepare the soil well and sow a tougher grass mix for sport it should be fine and will have time, in autumn, to recover once they go back to school.
You can also buy play grade chipped bark which would allow for natural drainage of the soil and life for micro-organisms but I would be worried about cats or foxes using it as a convenient toilet.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw