I have a lawn area that doesn’t get enough sun so it’s patchy. My grandchildren play here and have a swing set. What ground cover could I use instead of grass that still gives the illusion of grass?
Washington County Oregon
Thank you for your question. To summarize your needs: little sun, and lots of foot traffic/playing upon. There are not many plants that fit that bill, but here are some native groundcovers that might work: https://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/downloads/2r36tx772 There are some grasses that are more shade tolerant, including the fescues: https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/sites/agscid7/files/beaverturf/lawns/lawn-seed-mixtures-%28em9100%29.pdf Were it not for the children, moss would be another alternative. Perhaps you could replace plants with sand around the swingset, plant one or more of the above elsewhere, and add steppingstones between the house/patio to the swings. Good luck!