Durable Ground Cover - Knowledgebase Question

Costa Mesa, CA
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Question by WagnerMartin
November 14, 1997
I am looking for a variety of grass or ground cover that can withstand extreme use. This is for a 3-acre dog park that has sprinklers, trees and clay soil. Is there a variety of grass used at wild animal parks or horse paddocks that can take alot of abuse? Appearance is not as important as durability.

Answer from NGA
November 14, 1997
Both Bermuda and Zoysia grasses are tough and take a lot of abuse, but they're both slow to establish. Same for buffalograss. You might be better off choosing a grass seed mixture that contains both low and tall growing varieties. There are a few meadow mixes of 'eco-lawn' available from seed catalogs. These mixes include some low growing flowers such as viola and English daisy that make the area attractive all summer.

Whatever you choose, expect that both native grasses and weeds will eventually creep into your lawn area.

You might want to contact Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, PO Box 2209, Grass Valley, CA 95945 (ph# 916/272-4769). They sell a variety of grasses, including a mix called "Tough Turf".

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