I'm considering planting shade-tolerant grass and cutting it out in the fall to put under the apricot tree which also was "de-grassed" by the chickens with it being sparse grass and moss also. After moving that new sod/turf/grass/whatever to the back yard, I'm thinking of wooly or creeping thyme there. Irish moss might be good there also. The idea is to have it as low maintenance as possible since I prefer to spend my time in the garden in the back yard. It's on the east side of the house so gets the morning sun and is fully shaded late in the day from the house. Because it's the front of the property, though two rows of Roma tomatoes would be perfect, veggies are not practical there and I really do want to basically ignore it as much as possible and still have it look good. It's an area 30 feet long and 9 feet wide. What would you do with it?
Is the growing of new turf for under the apricot tree really "out there" or is it a reasonable thing to do? What would be good for a permanent planting in the stripped area? We are in the Portland, Oregon, area so weather is mild compared to many parts of the U.S.A.