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What can I do under 16 x 16 high deck??

Posted by beginner_landscaper MA (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 15, 07 at 23:47

Hi. We've lived in our house now for 2 years, and have tried unsucessfully to get grass seed / hydroseed to grow under our 16x16 deck. It grows in, at best, thin and spotty, and is just mostly mud/dirt. The area has shade pretty much constantly. I'm wondering if sod would take in this area? If not, what can I do with this area? I'd like to be able to put table/chairs under this high deck, but I don't want it in mud and can't afford the $3000 minimum quote I got for a patio installation!! I don't think I could install a patio on my own. I've heard that pea gravel is a bad idea, and mulch also. Is there no semi-quick, semi-easy fix?? Please help - and advice is much appreciated!!!! Thx. JD

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RE: What can I do under 16 x 16 high deck??

My hairdresser (who weighs about 120 lbs) recently installed a flagstone patio by herself. The flagstone cost her about $600. Other costs included sand and some plants she planted in between the flagstone. It looks georgeous. I'm going over there Thursday and could take a photo if you want more information.

DH and I plan something similar underneath our deck. Although we have no experience, I think we could do an adequate job.

Here's a post from a gardenwebber

Here is a link that might be useful: How to intall a flagstone path or patio

RE: What can I do under 16 x 16 high deck??

No grass will grow, sodded or otherwise. Do you really want to try pulling chairs under a table thru gravel of any sort?

RE: What can I do under 16 x 16 high deck??

Is the area level?
what about decking the area? or portable decking squares?
with pressure treated lumber you could build right on the ground and it would last about 10-15 years-- enought time to save the money to put in a paved area.

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