Real World Gardener Best Fit Gardening Lawn Alternatives in Design Elements

October 23rd, 2015

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Continuing with the series on best fit gardening. 
Today we’re looking at lawn solutions when you can't have a lawn like this one.1-BOD_1596.JPG

Do you have a bare patch of lawn where no matter how many times you replace it with turf, it just refuses to grow?
Perhaps it gets too much shade in winter for the grass to survive or there’s root competition from the lovely shade giving tree?
Wouldn’t you like a grass alternative that Bambi would love to lie on to have a sleep?
Sounds too good to be true but there are solutions to the problem.
Let’s find out. I'm talking with garden designer Peter Nixon of

Zoysia tenuifolia

Peter mentioned these lawn alternatives:Mini mondo, Dichondra, Zoysia tenuifolia or Korean Temple grass.
Just a little note about Zoysia tenuifolia: Zoysia tenuifolia is very different from all other Zoysia grasses. 
Often referred to by different names including No-Mow Grass, Min Mow and Petting Grass, Zoysia tenuifolia is more of an ornamental style of grass and not suitable for use as a general lawn.
Instead it has a very fine bright green leaf, and if left to grow without lawn mowing I’ll develop a clumping characteristic where it will naturally raise higher in areas, but will never grow high like other grasses can.

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