lawn grass alternative ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

Dunedin, Fl
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Question by ljerry4
November 2, 2009
I live West of Tampa, FL (Pinellas County) and am looking for a ground cover alternative to lawn grass. I am told Cinch Bugs are a problem here. It needs to do well in both Sun and shade and tolerate mowing and minimal moisture. I have been told that Perennial peanut (Arachis glabrata) would do well here but it is possible our neighbors might not like the yellow flowers. Are there other choices?

Answer from NGA
November 2, 2009
Most groundcovers develop flowers so your choice is limitied. Dichondra does not flower and does not require mowing but will tolerate it. The flowers on perennial peanut are small so I'm don't think your entire yard would take on a yellowish hue when the plants are in bloom, if that's your concern. Dwarf Mondo grass (dwarf lilyturf) is another suggestion. Most other groundcover options grow upwards of 12". They include creeping euonymus and native bunching grasses. Best wishes with your turfgrass alternative!

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