Ground Cover Ideas for Back Yard

posted 4 days ago in Home
Post # 2
Member
351 posts
Helper bee

mrskitty5 :  have you thought about making large beds with munch made out of old tires. It comes in brown and looks like wooden mulch. Then you could plant a few little hot loving plants in it and it would be safe for the toddler. Maybe have a few patches of ornamental grass for texture. 

Post # 4
Member
5912 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

My toddler loves rocks. We stopped in the Mojave a week ago and he couldn’t get enough of it. Any walk around our local badlands and you can barely move him, lol.

Is it possible to just fence off the cacti and leave your yard as it is?  We’ve been dodging fallen apples and deer poop all autumn so I totally feel you, but they’ll learn. Otherwise I’d probably lean toward something temporary like those colorful foam floor squares (I’m assuming rain is not an issue). Just haul them away again once he’s old enough. 

Post # 5
Member
5912 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

FYI they have the tires at the schools where I work. They get everywhere. 

Post # 7
Member
221 posts
Helper bee

We have artificial grass (previous owners put it in, so no clue on the cost) but it does get VERY HOT! I can’t walk barefoot on hot, sunny, summer days

Post # 9
Member
1619 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

mrskitty5 :  Concrete and pavers also gets very hot, and personally I’m not a fan of the look. 

If I were you, I would just go with (real) grass, even if it’s a small square in the middle surrounded by pavers.  There should be some hardened stuff developed for your terrain, even if it is a bit more expensive.   Then run a sprinkler at night once a week for an hour.  

Post # 10
Member
90 posts
Worker bee

This is a naive suggestion coming from someone with no kids, but… wait a little bit? I feel like the phase where a child tries to eat rocks is very brief and involves constant supervision already because it also involves trying to eat everything else. My sister had this uncanny ability to ignore most of what her son did (minor falls, dirt in the mouth, etc.), but the moment a pebble appeared to be making its way toward his mouth she came out of nowhere like a hawk. Said son is now finishing college. Why make a change that’s going to leave you with a paved yard for 40 years when the kid will grow out of it shortly?

I’m also a big fan of xeriscaping with a natural look, so wouldn’t want to switch out for pavement or grass.

Post # 12
Member
4997 posts
Honey bee

If you’re just looking for it for your kid, one of my neighbours used those play room “tiles” and made a little area for the child to play there. Gives you more time to plan out what you want to do, rather than just reactivity to a temporary situation. 

eta – in the winter he turns it into a hockey rink too lol. 

Leave a comment


Find Amazing Vendors