I want some sort of low ground cover that can be used over a whole yard where I
do not have other
plants and does not need mowing at all. Oxalis ("false shamrock") looks
promising, but descriptions
also say that it is "non-invasive", and I want something that WILL be invasive
to my whole yard, to
the exclusion of "normal" grass. Anyone have any tips?
But I don't know what will grow well in my conditions (zone 7, red clay soil).
Which is why I'm
asking. Right now, the "lawn" area consists mostly of "weeds" that will reach
multiple feet in
height if not mowed. I want something that will
1.) cover the soil which would be mud with each rain if not covered
2.) grow to only a few inches high
3.) take as close to zero maintainence as is likely to happen in the real world
The 2nd photo from the top shows my lawn planted with the fine bladed
lithrope/mundo that spreads by stolens underground. I sprigged this every 4
inches and had solid coverage in 3 years. Nothing comes through this but
trees. This grass is similar to the taller dark green and the lighter green
variegated used in borders, except the blades are about 1/4 the size and it
only grows to about 6 inches without mowing. I only mow my lawn once a year
in the spring just before new growth starts. It's in the nursery in 4" pots
in the Atlanta area, but they may order you some bulk by the square foot. In
either case, you pull the plants apart and plug one plant to about every 4
inches for 3 year coverage, more or less for faster or slower, less expensive
coverage. Sorry, don't know the true name?
On Mon, 01 Mar 2004 09:55:40 -0500, Darren Garrison wrote:
Groundcovers which need no mowing:
Low maintenance, too.
Sorry for the smartass remarks, I've been sniffing winter too long.
When Oxalis goes to seed, you will have it everywhere. It's not the best
Is your yard sun/shade, wet/dry, flat/sloped, sandy, ?
What effect are you after?
More info will get you better results.
I'm new to this NG but saw your msg and had to reply... We live in Iowa, so
I don't know if this will work for you, as it sounds like you are further
south, but our back yard is very hilly, so much so that the back 10 feet of
it are incredibly difficult to mow, so we are planning to plant no mow grass
seed on it this spring. My husband's grandparents have it at their house in
northern Iowa and their yard is all foundation with no more than 4 inches of
topsoil dropped on top of it and it is thick and lush, and virtually
weedless. From what I understand from this product, it only needs mowing
twice a summer.
Here's the website:
I hope it works for you.
How about buffalo grass if you live in a dry climate, or "ajuga" (bugle)
or "monkeygrass" in a wet climate.
Buffalo grass looks like a normal lawn if you mow it, or it stops growing
at about 5 inches if you don't.
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