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mickey cassiba 03-28-2011 06:01 AM

Lawn in Southeast Texas
"Lawn" is not to accurate, rather I'm looking for a drought tolerant ground cover that is also foot friendly. Lots of folks around here spend a lot of money sodding in carpet grass, etc, but the upkeep seems quite water wasteful. Left to itself, the yard produces a fine crop of stickery little burrs. Hard on the feet!!Any of you yard gurus have any suggestions for an eco-friendly, foot friendly ground cover?

NancyNGA 03-28-2011 08:22 AM

Zoysia grass is very hardy. I planted a small patch on the side of a bank just to test it. It was in direct sunlight and survived summer several droughts with no care at all (in Georgia). Not cheap though. You have to sprig it.

hortman 03-31-2011 10:56 AM

Hey, Mickey Cassiba. Ken here with The Home Depot in the Chicago area.
Here are a couple groundcovers that might fit your needs. If you live in the
Corpus Christi, Houston, or Beaumont areas try Phyla nodiflora (Lippia). It
can take little to regular water. It has the ability to handle light foot traffic.
Lippia forms a mat 2” high and has flowers from spring to fall. The flowers
do attract bees, so if that’s a problem, mow them down. Feed regularly,
especially in early spring to jump start the plant out of dormancy.

If you live north of the Houston-Beaumont area, you could try Chamaemelum
nobile (Chamomile). It takes moderate water and tolerates light foot traffic. Plant
one foot apart for good lawn substitute. Mow occasionally.

I hope that helps. Good luck and take care.

mickey cassiba 03-31-2011 11:17 AM

Thanks hortman, The lippia may be the ticket...I've always been a fan of native plantings, and the bees are not a problem for me...they do tick off the little dog though:laughing:

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