I'm in mid-western Wisconsin and I have a camper parked at a resort. My
spot has some thick pines that block out most of the sun so very little
grass grows. The soil is very loose and brown. On a dry day it's easy
to kick up a cloud of dust from the lot. I'd like to plant some sort of
ground cover to reduce the amount of dirt and mud that enter the
camper. Would clover work for this type of environment? Do you have
other suggestions? I'd rather have something that doesn't require a lot
of maintenance as we're usually only there on weekends.
I thought about that too. One thing I forgot to mention is that we have
two dogs. I'm not sure if their pee and poop will wash out in the rain
or with a hose? Their one of the big reasons for seeking ground cover
so their muddy paws don't track dirt into the camper. We've been wiping
their paws whenever they come in from the rain and we're fine with that
but it's a pain.
One in the woods ;-)
Seriously though, we've been going there for a while now staying at a
family member's camper and now we have our own. They have sites that
get sun light (some people lay sod and have nice lawns). Since we're on
the bottom of the seniority list we get what's left after everyone
picks their new spots. We'll probably be there for a couple of years
before we're able to move.
You may have two problems -- low light, plus water requirements. Most of
the shade-tolerant ground covers that I can think of require a regular
source of water. As for tracking in dirt and mud, most of the non-turf
ground covers aren't nearly as tolerant of foot traffic as turf is. I don't
think clover is an option because of light requirements. Perhaps Boston
Ivy, possibly sword ferns (invasive), but both would require regular care
and watering, may be outside their range, and it's probably already too late
Early next spring I might plant raspberries to grow in a part of the area
unless I needed to be able to walk through the area, plus provide a really
heavy mulch of pine straw to keep down dust and mud --
Poison ivy might do well in these conditions -- :-(
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