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Old 04-12-2008, 10:09 AM   #1
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I'm wondering if there are some tips for keeping high-use areas grassy?

We have an entrance area to the yard where the grass gets worn, and I'm wondering how to pamper it a little. Same with the area under the swings. The swings get pretty light use, so the grass does ok under there, but I'd like to keep it that way with some special treatment.

We live in a cold climate with lots of snow, cold winters, and a short growing season (snow melted off the yard this week!)

We also have a dog, so resistance to pee would be a bonus!

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We also have a dog, so resistance to pee would be a bonus!
tossing a little lime on the pee burned areas will help a great deal.

as for the high traffic areas a fescue or fescue blend has always worked well for me. a lot coarser blade than a bluegrass, but will take a lot more abuse

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But will it grow way up north?
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But will it grow way up north?
not sure, but my guess is that it will ( don't see any reason it wouldn't)
it grows fast, short gemination period, very hardy.

if you think your area has certain "regional requirements" maybe you should check with your local seed and feed store
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Thanks for the advice.
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You can also try this.
Layout a section of bricks, not any bricks, but the kind with the holes in them. (see picture) Lay this out the way you would a brick sidewalk with a good sand base and leveled. You can then fill the spaces between the bricks and the holes with a good amended top-soil and reseed grass on to this new surface. The grass will grow in the holes and the bricks will provide the support.

This will hold up to any foot traffic and will look nice. This will actually work as a driveway with a good base.
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Uh... yea and you can put the ElCamino on cinderblocks right at the end, to complete the picture...
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Uh... yea and you can put the ElCamino on cinderblocks right at the end, to complete the picture...

Could you bury an El Camino in place of bricks?
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Could you bury an El Camino in place of bricks?
That made me laugh out loud at work.
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Uh... yea and you can put the ElCamino on cinderblocks right at the end, to complete the picture...
Don't be a jerk. Not everyone is white trash nor are their suggestions pointing in that direction.

When the grass is in, you can't even see the bricks. I've even seen this done in England with great success in some nicer country homes.
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Don't be a jerk. Not everyone is white trash nor are their suggestions pointing in that direction.

When the grass is in, you can't even see the bricks. I've even seen this done in England with great success in some nicer country homes.
To be honest I would love to see a finished picture using this method. I can't figure out what it looks like when done.

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