Landscaping & Design/type of ground cover
QUESTION: I have a small side/backyard < 500 sf it is shady, I have a medium size dog. I plan on staying in the house for 20 yrs+.
I live in the Pac NW. considering pea gravel, river rock , stamped concrete and synthetic turf to cut down on dirt dog brings into house, and make cleaning up his potty easier. Also looking for a way to may my yard more useable and seem larger. taking out most of the existing shrubs. My yard is enclosed with 2 gates, my house, and my neighbors house. its about 25 x 15.
Which product would you use? and if its turf, which companies would you use
ANSWER: I am a bid fan of stamped concrete, which can be stained and treated to give it a high end (yet low maintenance!) look. There is not one particular brand, though I do prefer liquid stains that penetrate rather than powder stain that sit on top of the concrete. I would also use a concrete sealer. To break up the hardness, try using groupings of container plantings to give the space an organic aesthetic without increasing the upkeep needed.
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QUESTION: I have a huge issue with moss, will the sealer help to eliminate this?
Also, I like the grass look, but there are so many types: holes, no holes, infill no infill, stapled, not stapled....do you have any insight on synthetic turf?
Truthfully, I am not a fan of artificial turf. Particularly with pets. I find the odors can be a challenge, as can fading and wear. That said, should you choose to go that route; I would make sure the product is laid with adequate drainage beneath.
Nothing but eliminating shade and increasing air flow will resolve a moss issue.