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Old 08-11-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Hi All! I am renting a place with a small backyard (25' X 9'). The backyard looks like it has been neglected for some time. I cleaned up all the dead grass, pulled up all the weeds and now it's nothing but dirt. I want to turn this area into a community area. Nothing fancy. Something simple like a few chairs, a table and a bbq grill.

I'm renting so I don't want to dig deep into my pockets as I'll only be here for no more than a few years. I was thinking about laying this carpet at Home Depot over it and staking it in place. I'll be leveling out the dirt before laying the carpet. Also, I live in Southern California so we don't get much of the elements except for sun. Since I'm not an experienced handy person, I want to get your opinions on this plan. Thanks and I appreciate your opinions in advance.

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Hi All! I am renting a place with a small backyard (25' X 9'). The backyard looks like it has been neglected for some time. I cleaned up all the dead grass, pulled up all the weeds and now it's nothing but dirt. I want to turn this area into a community area. Nothing fancy. Something simple like a few chairs, a table and a bbq grill.

I'm renting so I don't want to dig deep into my pockets as I'll only be here for no more than a few years. I was thinking about laying this carpet at Home Depot over it and staking it in place. I'll be leveling out the dirt before laying the carpet. Also, I live in Southern California so we don't get much of the elements except for sun. Since I'm not an experienced handy person, I want to get your opinions on this plan. Thanks and I appreciate your opinions in advance.

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Old 08-12-2013, 02:11 AM   #3
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RV'ers have carpets/mats that are placed directly on the ground outside their RV to create a more livable area. They are designed to let rainwater pass through, be broom cleaned or hosed off, etc. I don't see why you can't do something similar.

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http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...20-brown/19301
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RV'ers have carpets/mats that are placed directly on the ground outside their RV to create a more livable area. They are designed to let rainwater pass through, be broom cleaned or hosed off, etc. I don't see why you can't do something similar.

example:
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...20-brown/19301
Great idea! Will definitely look into. Thanks!
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It would be cheaper and nicer to put down grass seed. A small lawn like that would be real easy to take care of. That carpet will get real nasty once people start walking on it. It will force the dirt up thru it everytime someone steps on it. Any rain will make a muddy mess of it.
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Would not cost much to even sod that tiny an area so you would have an instant lawn.
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What about those recycled-tire rubber mats, about 3'x3'? No further maintenance required (apart from a water rinse), no cutting grass, no lawn-mower...
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I was thinking about grass seeds or sod, but I'm certain that my lack of attention would eventually cause the grass to die and I'll be back with a dirt lot. I'm looking for something that's easy on the maintenance. Rubber mats could be a solution. Thanks for that idea!
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What about artificial turf (not athletic astroturf)? Designed to hold up better than indoor/outdoor carpet. I think decent stuff is under $2/sf online? You probably have to put something underneath it though and I imagine the options are as broad as carpet padding. I believe even box stores and evil WalMart carry it. Not sure of the quality.





If you think again about seed or sod, do not underestimate what it takes to establish sod depending on where you are. A seed lawn will establish as fast if not quicker. Either way you have to prep the soil thoroughly.

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what about mulch or pine straw?
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Small stones would cover the ground.
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What about artificial turf (not athletic astroturf)? Designed to hold up better than indoor/outdoor carpet. I think decent stuff is under $2/sf online? You probably have to put something underneath it though and I imagine the options are as broad as carpet padding. I believe even box stores and evil WalMart carry it. Not sure of the quality.





If you think again about seed or sod, do not underestimate what it takes to establish sod depending on where you are. A seed lawn will establish as fast if not quicker. Either way you have to prep the soil thoroughly.
Turf would be my #1 option but I'm not really trying to dig deep into my pockets. It's possible I could get my landlord to pitch in as turf will seem to last far after I leave the property.

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