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Thread #142442   Message #3295699
Posted By: katlaughing
24-Jan-12 - 06:31 PM
Thread Name: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
Subject: RE: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
I have a question for you all re' ground cover. But first, I'd like to tell you how much I am enjoying reading of your efforts and rewards. It all sounds so beautiful and yummy. I wish we had the time and energy to do more than my little perennial garden and a couple of potted tomato plants which we had last summer. Our back yard is huge and has a very large old veggie garden plot, but the whole of it is filled with a particular weed which covers the entire thing, as it does throughout the valley. Rog is doing good to keep them cut down along with the small bit of grass in the front yard

The sun is so high, bright, and hot, here, it takes a lot of watering, some shading, etc. to grow a lot. Anything I could do would have to be raised as in tabletop height, at least for now, so it would mostly be potted. No one puts anything out until after the 8th of May as it's been known to freeze valley-wide as late as that.

Anyway, that's not my question, though. Luna, our dog, loves to chase and retrieve a ball we throw for her. I have made a habit of sitting on the front steps and playing with her. She has churned a good share of our front yard into plain, fine dusty dirt. It gets tracked in and has increased the dust inside. The same thing has happened in the backyard, but not as extensively and not as important as the front.

What would any of you recommend as a ground cover we could start (keeping her off, of course) which would be easy to keep, not need too much water, and would, eventually, be sturdy enough for her to run on but not destroy? We don't really want to do grass because of the mowing (it wears Rog out after working, cooking, and helping with the inside chores!), although we've always let it get really high and even go to seed before cutting, and watering is not all that easy nor inexpensive when the summer gets here. I know there are some drought-resistant grasses we could get, but I'd much rather have something which needs less maintenance.

Sorry this is not veggie or flower garden related, but I figured some of you might have good ideas.