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Grass parking sow from seed, variety suggestion please

Cecelia-LCecelia-L Posts: 120
Good morning! 
I have come back to enquire the GW hive mind again! 
Instead of paving the parking area, I would like to be more eco conscious and construct a grass parking instead. I have decided to go with grass reinforcement mesh as opposed to grid system because it’s so much cheaper. 

The site has had the turf stripped to build a new house. Parking at the front of the house next to quite a busy main road. My plan is to level the front using a compactor, spread a thick layer of sand, then layer of loamy top soil and finally spread seed by hand. Once seeds are established at an inch or so, place the mesh over and let it grow again. I won’t be parking or walking on it till it’s grown. Any advice regarding this planting process is also appreciated. 

What type of grass seed is best? 100% perennial rye grass? Or a mix of some type such as 20% strong creeping red fescue with 80% amenity perennial rye grass? 


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,935
    I think you would definitely need something with a high proportion of ryegrass. Perhaps @MrMow could confirm if he is around.
    I have found this (other suppliers are available :) ) which might give you some idea.

  • Cecelia-LCecelia-L Posts: 120
    My thoughts exactly @AnniD
    Given the weight of the cars it will have to be a high proportion of rye grass. I am just unsure whether it should be 100% rye grass, as rye grass grow straight up the area may look a bit sparse? Maybe I should overseed it again and again to achieve a lush carpet look. Or maybe creeping fescue will pad it out and make the lawn appear thicker by covering all the bare soil. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,935
    If you're worried about the look, maybe go for a 75 to 80% ryegrass?  Overseeding should help it to maintain a lush look.
    I am no expert though  :)
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