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High-traffic Lawn Alternatives

Posted by Christine Crandall on May 31, 2019 11:28:45 AM

If you have dogs running back and forth all day along the same path in your grass, or you have children dragging feet under their play structure, you have bare spots in your lawn. It’s understandable, and growing grass in those areas is nearly impossible because the soil has become so compacted. There are high-traffic grasses that may work for some of these areas, but high-traffic doesn’t begin to describe these situations. When all else fails, it might be time to look at high-traffic lawn alternatives.


High-traffic Lawn Alternatives

1. Paving stones

One of the first things you must do if you’ve given up on your grass-growing ability in high-traffic areas is to accept pathways where they are. Once that is done, you can spruce up the pathways and make them official. Some beautiful paving stones will send a clear message that the path is on purpose, and it will be easy to maintain.

2. Synthetic grass

Your dogs won’t be able to scratch your synthetic grass up from its roots, and synthetic grass has come a long way in its looks. Talk about low maintenance!

3. Patio

If you really want to go a long way into accepting your high-traffic areas, you can pave them. This gets kind of tricky because you have to decide if you want a patio or a sidewalk, and your decision should be fairly permanent. However, a finished patio is better than a worn grass look.

4. Pea gravel

Pea gravel is a good option for under play structures and around paving stones, as it isn’t sharp so won’t cut the feet. Pea gravel has to be contained, so there must be borders, but it is an attractive alternative to dirt pathways.

5. Rubber

Rubber tiles and rubber mulch make excellent, attractive, and safe grass alternatives for underneath play equipment. They can be blended into patio designs, and you won’t have that worn lawn area where the kids play.

6. Wood chips

Lastly, wood chips are a soft and nice-looking option for worn areas in the yard. If you are considering wood chips for areas where a dog runs, this is not a good option. They will just kick up the wood chips, and you’ll have a new problem. However, wood chips can be placed around paving stones, and they are another safe alternative for kids.

High-traffic Lawn Alternatives

If you transform your high-traffic areas into areas that look like they were meant for travel, the rest of your lawn will look pristine.


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