Posted: 01/05/2014 at 19:06
I've been pondering for over a year now what to put under our trampoline. It is 14ft and not moveable due to my excellent garden design
Anyway, due to our lovely clay soil and being a bit shady where it is anyway and further added to by the trampoline, the grass underneath is a mixture of vigorous grass in places and bald weedy patches in others. It's a pig to mow (fine if you're 1ft tall, but rather tricky otherwise) and really I need a new solution. I've considered
1) Digging a big hole (would be a massive job due to our clay soil and hubby not keen because of rats)
2) Artificial grass (would probably work but at 16m2 I could have bought a much better quality trampoline for that price!)
3) Wild flowers (I'm thinking they would have trouble growing due to the shade and I don't want them seeding round the rest of the garden - ground elder is enough of a problem!)
So I'm thinking perhaps some sort of low growing shade loving plant that likes clay soil. Is there such a plant and how would I go about doing it? Would I need to remove the turf, kill it off with weed-killer, cover it for a while or put weed preventative fabric? Any tips/ experience would be thankfully received.