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Old 03-10-2017, 07:28 AM   #16
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Re: New First homeowner. No grass in yard,we gotta fix that,but how?


Chris015,

I'm in about the same situation. Just cut a bunch of trees and I'm hoping this will allow for some grass growth. I just want to do it the best way possible. I still have low and high spots. Good luck with your yard. This was a good post for me to read.
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Old 03-10-2017, 07:31 AM   #17
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You did not mention irrigation set up.....Your 3000 sq.ft. has been nicely compacted.

Why not a low growing ground cover like.....Thymus serpyllum or Mother of Thyme/Creeping Thyme ? Maybe 3" high and you can mow it back if needed. Moderate water.
What would this look like? I'm up for anything that covers the ground and prevents runoff.
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Do a Google search and visit local nurseries to see in person.
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If you are going to use a ground cover rather than grass, i would highly recommend periwinkle also known as myrtle. It grows in sun or shade has a shiny green leaf and placed 6 inches apart in all directions will cover the area completely in 3 years. It requires zero maintenance. Personally i like the dark green leaf variety, but it also comes in a verigated (green leaf with yellow edge) that has a larger flower but it becomes hard to control.

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If you are going to use a ground cover rather than grass, i would highly recommend periwinkle also known as myrtle. It grows in sun or shade has a shiny green leaf and placed 6 inches apart in all directions will cover the area completely in 3 years. It requires zero maintenance. Personally i like the dark green leaf variety, but it also comes in a verigated (green leaf with yellow edge) that has a larger flower but it becomes hard to control.

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Would this have a good enough root system to prevent erosion. I've got a wooded area in the front yard that might benefit from this. I planted liriope, but it has been very slow to spread. It doesn't die easy, but it's not taking over in the dense clay soil like it does in the flower beds.
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So I just googled creeping thyme and have to say that I really like that.
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Does creeping thyme spread like grass seed, or does one have to start with individual plants. I think I'm gonna do a test run with some.
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Would this have a good enough root system to prevent erosion. I've got a wooded area in the front yard that might benefit from this. I planted liriope, but it has been very slow to spread. It doesn't die easy, but it's not taking over in the dense clay soil like it does in the flower beds.
Yes it definitely does. I use it as a "living mulch" under my trees which line the perimeter of my property. Much of it is on sloped ground.

I also use lirope in other areas. If you want it to spread and cover an area rapidly, dig each clump up in the spring, seperate it into 8 or 10 pieces, and replant each of those. Its more work for the first two years or so, but eventually it fills in and becomes maintenance free other than mowing it or weedwacking it down every spring.

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Periwinkle does not look good in full sun. It likes morning sun and afternoon shade. It grows a foot high and can be a habitat for unwanted critters.

Thyme puts out runners that root as they spread. If cost effective, buy flats of solid thyme and cut into 25 or more pieces and set out a foot apart. (Rough guess).

If you soil is still compacted it might need a light tilling. What is the status for irrigation water ?
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On my yard, just rain unless I water it. The wooded area is on the higher berm that separates the road and my property so it doesn't see runoff water/irrigation. I'm gonna take a bunch of pictures after it warms up so people have a better idea what the situation is. I used to mulch the leaves with the mower, but without vegetation, the soil erosion was bad. Until I can get the yard grass growing, I've left the leaves alone to prevent further soil loss.
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chris015.......did you find any of this interesting ?
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