I had a new septic drain field installed. It is above ground and covered with
sand. The area is in the sun for most of the day. Iâ€™m in FL.
What would be a suitable ground cover for this sandy area, something that my
yard guy could plant?
is it going to be regularly mowed?
HOA, in the suburbia or otherwise regulated
that it must be kept short?
any mix for your climate is ok if you will be
mowing it regularly.
i like fields of mixed plantings so that there
is a little for everyone. :) then keep it trimmed
back a few times a season to make sure it doesn't
get taken over by brush/trees.
When people install gardens on flat roofs here in the northeast -- mostly
to insulate -- the plants they like to use are the sedums. They don't need
watering. While I think of Florida as getting ample rain, the sand will
drain any rain out promptly. Some of the sedums are low and creep like a
They also use grasses here. Grasses can also take a drought. Certainly
beach grass likes growing in sand.
More suggestions can be found by searching on gardening in sand. But I vote
for a sedum, or a variety of sedums.
Don http://foraging.com/ e-mail at page bottom.
Looking into the sedums, I see most are zones 4-9, and some are zones 4-10.
So they may be a problem if you are down at the bottom of Florida. Also
most are herbaceous. I see one that is evergreen. You will need to do
further research. See what the local nurseries sell.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
Sedums also flower profusely. Many people where I live plant sedums
on steep rocky slopes and around granite outcroppings that can't be
mowed... sedums require no maintenence... once sedum is established
weeds are smothered.
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