Need opinions on groundcover between recycled cement pavestones

Newbiesogreen(Sunset 24)March 25, 2013

I recently dug up cement from the backyard that was dumped with dirt upside down (aggregate side up) and turned over to the smooth surface to pave the dirt and "weed garden". I'm having difficulty deciding on what to plant between the cracks...grass or some sort of ground cover like wooly oregano. The area gets full sun and pretty much remains mostly dry in the summer months as we don't get very much rain during summer in the San Diego area. So, Looking for drought tolerant greenery that can take some foot traffic from the pups, and low growing. Thanks.

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Birdsong72(7/Northshore NJ)

Creeping thyme or mint are offered as options here and not as 'sticky' should one be barefoot or pawed.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 7:32AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

I wouldn't do mint unless you want to find it coming up where you don't want it. I like the creeping thyme plan. Weeds will also find conditions friendly between those pavers, so you'll be pulling a ton of those.

Good luck!


    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 11:26AM
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amanda_m(z7 MD)

That "Steppables" website has a lot of information about groundcovers that can take some foot traffic.

And can I just say, those are some cute puppies!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 11:27AM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

I've used the very prostrate creeping thyme in a similar situation, and really liked it. You will have to water to get it established. After a year or so, it will be well grown in and you may have to trim it off the stones now and then. I've also used blue fescue, but it needs more room, gives a different look.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 5:58PM
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Newbiesogreen(Sunset 24)

Thanks for the posts. Creeping thyme it will be. I have considered the fescue but really wanted something that required minimal trimming. I have looked into steppables and got ideas from there but being that I have a south, east, and west exposure it's quite limiting as to what i can plant.

...and Amanda_m thanks. love my little mutts! :-)

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 4:03PM
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