What kind of grasses to plant near utility lines?

Asked June 16, 2015, 9:26 PM EDT

I live in a townhouse association. Between our garages there is a small area about 24" x 48" where trees have been planted but had to be removed when they matured - just not enough space - and a poor plan from the get-go! We are interested in planting some Karl Forester reed grass, but I am curious what its root system is like. There are utility lines (sewer/gas/electrical) that run under that area. Could we plant grasses there? Also some of our units face north. Would that not be sufficient sun?

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1 Response

Grasses are a excellent choice for sites needing shallow root systems. You might also consider plants such as hosta due to the lack of sun light.

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