|Grass Substitutes||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Gretchen Westlight (grenagora.rdrop.com)|
|Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 17:12:27 -0600 (MDT)|
Dear Friends - The time is coming soon when Cascadia Commons (Portland, Oregon) will transform from a mud/dirt-filled construction site into a lovely community of homes (well, half a community anyway!). We are making specific decisions about implementing our landscape design, and I need some help. One of the things I have always wanted was to not have grass in open spaces at all, but instead to rely on low-growing ground covers such as chamomile, creeping thyme, creeping oregono, sturdy mosses, etc. My main reason for this is that I HATE GRASS (partly for reasons that probably won't affect Cascadia to such a great extent, such as fertilization and watering, but also because it requires mowing and lots of care if you don't want weeds like the prickly false dandelion to take over). I also have fond memories of a playing field at a local college where I used to work that was planted with a combination of grass and the low-growing chamomile. As I saw it, the chamomile held up really well to hard use (soccer, ultimate frisbee, etc.), and it smelled wonderful in the hot days of summer. I ate lunch there a lot, and was never troubled by bees although they were evident. I remember reading something on the list recently about (Wasatch Commons?) using creeping herbs in their grass pavers bordering the paved pathways, but my question is specifically about using these alternatives to traditional grass lawns for the open spaces. Have any communtities out there done this on a large scale, where the land gets a lot of foot traffic? What has your experience been? How do they wear through the years? Specifically, could you please address the following concerns from our committee who is handling this: * Other plantings will be more expensive to put in. * Other plantings mostly likely will need to be mowed. * Other plantings will likely draw bees that may sting us when we walk through. Thanks much for your help! Private replies are fine. I will happily share any information with others who are interested. - Gretchen Westlight -- gren [at] agora.rdrop.com Member of: Cascadia Commons Cohousing www.ogi.edu/~gren/ Portland, Oregon www.cascadiacommons.com
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