Alternative lawn

I am in th process of creating two raised lawn areas in my garden but would like to use something other than traditional grass, has anyone any ideas / advice.  I would like a neat and tidy appearance and it will need to withstand traffic as the herb beds are going into one and the washing line is located in the other!!!!!!

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    Grass is used for lawns because it works.

    Chamomile won't give you the neat and tidy appearance you want, and moss, which while looking gorgeous needs damp shade, takes a longish while to establish and can't be walked on. 

    Do you mind me asking, what are your objections to a grass lawn? image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    Grass is the only plant that can take traffic, other 'lawns' look pretty but aren't for walking on

  • Gravel?

  • I'm not anti grass by any means, but we have a huge garden with a huge lawn, I'm trying to cut down on the amount of time my husband spends mowing it as he's taken up golf!!!!!!!!! I thought it may add some interest to the new raised areas but not being able to walk on it is most deffinatly a none starter. Thanks for your comments.

  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 949

    A path would probably be a more practical answer and would also add more interest to the area. You could leave spaces for planting pockets; add formality or informality depending on the style; make it twisty, straight etc and it won't need shorn or get worn!

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,618

    Or gravel?  You can walk on it and grow plants through it.   Mediterranean herbs especially will love the extra heat it reflects and the drainage.

    The Vendée, France
  • CalendulaCalendula Posts: 69
    Joanne Shackleton wrote (see)

    I'm not anti grass by any means, but we have a huge garden with a huge lawn, I'm trying to cut down on the amount of time my husband spends mowing it as he's taken up golf!!!!!!!!!

    Hang on a minute. YOU are trying to cut down on the time your HUSBAND has to spend mowing the lawn because HE has taken up golf? Two soutions: do it yourself or tell him HE has to find a solution. He's the one causing the problem!

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