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03/05/2013 at 16:56

I am in th process of creating two raised lawn areas in my garden but would like to use something other than traditional grass, has anyone any ideas / advice.  I would like a neat and tidy appearance and it will need to withstand traffic as the herb beds are going into one and the washing line is located in the other!!!!!!

03/05/2013 at 22:16

Grass is used for lawns because it works.

Chamomile won't give you the neat and tidy appearance you want, and moss, which while looking gorgeous needs damp shade, takes a longish while to establish and can't be walked on. 

Do you mind me asking, what are your objections to a grass lawn? 

03/05/2013 at 22:38

Grass is the only plant that can take traffic, other 'lawns' look pretty but aren't for walking on

03/05/2013 at 22:40

Gravel?

04/05/2013 at 17:56

I'm not anti grass by any means, but we have a huge garden with a huge lawn, I'm trying to cut down on the amount of time my husband spends mowing it as he's taken up golf!!!!!!!!! I thought it may add some interest to the new raised areas but not being able to walk on it is most deffinatly a none starter. Thanks for your comments.

04/05/2013 at 19:51

A path would probably be a more practical answer and would also add more interest to the area. You could leave spaces for planting pockets; add formality or informality depending on the style; make it twisty, straight etc and it won't need shorn or get worn!

04/05/2013 at 22:10

Or gravel?  You can walk on it and grow plants through it.   Mediterranean herbs especially will love the extra heat it reflects and the drainage.

05/05/2013 at 09:36
Joanne Shackleton wrote (see)

I'm not anti grass by any means, but we have a huge garden with a huge lawn, I'm trying to cut down on the amount of time my husband spends mowing it as he's taken up golf!!!!!!!!!

Hang on a minute. YOU are trying to cut down on the time your HUSBAND has to spend mowing the lawn because HE has taken up golf? Two soutions: do it yourself or tell him HE has to find a solution. He's the one causing the problem!

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