Lawn care - Knowledgebase Question

Evergreen, Co
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Question by blakeash
May 11, 2009
I live in Colorado at 9000 ft. The area behind my house is natually flat and has sparse grass growing with a few bare spots. It's also rocky underneath in many places and I'd imagine the dirt is very shallow. Would ordinary lawn seed work or something like

Answer from NGA
May 11, 2009
I don't think you will be happy with turfgrasses at your altitude. They won't perform well and will need to be reseeded every year. Instead, how about planting a groundcover? Ajuga reptans (Carpet bugle) is hardy in your elevation, Arenaria montana (Mountain sandwort) is another colorful, creeping groundcover, and Leontopodium alpinum (Edelweiss) are all recommended for your growing region.

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