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Turning patio in to lawn

Hi, I am completely black converted and have zero gardening expertise, so until now or snake garden being entirely patio has suited us well, but we've just had a little boy and I'd love him to have somewhere to play. Can anyone give me any advice on the easiest way to lay it to lawn add cheaply as possible?


  • Jennifer 10Jennifer 10 Posts: 112

    Most of the year lawns can be a soggy mess for a child to play on.  A patio might be better for toys and riding a little bike etc. 

  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,963

    I agree with the other posters.. a lawn is going to be expensive and a lot of work.  Do you have parks or footpaths near your house to explore nature?  Consider purchasing a nice outdoor carpet for your little one to play on this summer, something soft for sitting and crawling around on.  They also make some fantastic fake turf, it looks real and feels soft to the touch (not like old school plastic turf).  Get some nice pots (heavy ceramic that would be impossible to tip over once your boy is pulling him self up) and plant something you find attractive.  My son was pretty good about pulling up newly planted flowers and digging fist fulls of dirt out to eat.  So something that can take a bit of abuse is ideal (with non-toxic foliage).  That way you get a bit of insect/animal life around the garden.. but without the mud/mowing/issues of trying to grow a lawn in a small space.  

    Utah, USA.
  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    I have to agree with the above - and I have several small kids - that they do not need lawn to have a good time. My kids spend more time on the patio than grass and they love having their own patch to grow food - carrots, Strawberries, Peas etc works well and does not take up lots of space.

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