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Alternative to traditional lawn, but retaining the same qualities?

anchita
5 years ago
last modified: 5 years ago

I am in the Bay area, California, zone 9. Is there a better alternative to a lawn, e.g. requiring less irrigation, mowing, weeding, that would still be living, and would allow for the kind of foot traffic and play (with a 7, 9 and 11 year old plus occasional friends) that traditional sod would usually afford? We have a blank slate in our backyard, and I am going to have gardening beds on the periphery, but I do want my children to have a surface to run around and play. I wanted to look into alternatives before we decide to put a lawn down. If this question belongs to another sub-forum, I'd appreciate a pointer to it too. Thank you!

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