What options instead of grass for curbside?

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Old 03-10-19, 08:02 AM
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What options instead of grass for curbside?

Hey guys, my arthritis makes it extremely difficult to do grass maintenance so I am looking into another option for the curbside piece which is 40x10.

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Is there anything else I can do other than lawn and not concrete please?
 

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Rocks, mulch, ground cover, ....

Many choices, kinda depends on what you want to do and your budget.
 
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I had gone the mulch route with the inside piece which looks good and no maintenance:

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but yes budget is an issue so I am thinking this would require LOTS of bags for that piece? Also, if using much I don't know how it will work with no barriers around the curb piece to hold the mulch in place?
 

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You do have barriers, the sidewalk, the driveways, and the curb.

You would need to dig out 4" (min) of the grass and dirt.

You could then just order a truckload of mulch and have it dumped on the spot, no bags to drag home!
 
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Hmnn, that would incur some serious expense to have to dig and remove all the dirt. Wonder if I can get away with a short plastic fence as a border as my neighbor has around his tree?
 
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You could have artificial turf. It's pretty common in California and can look pretty good... though artificially good.
 
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Doesn't artificial turf look faded after a little while?
 
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Can you guys advise me on how this is ordered please.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/GREENLIN...5CTL/302419757

i am not understanding the 15ft by linear foot. The curbside is around 10x40ft so I am guessing the turf is sold in 15ft width? If yes the ordering is showing 15' x custom length but not seeing an option to order 40'?
 
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Yes, it is sold by the linear foot. So, you would order 40+ feet. The option to select the length is the quantity. You would select 40.
 
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Wait, sorry my math is not good, so this would cost $2,293?
 
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There abouts... Artificial turf can be rather expensive. Keep in mind that there is a world of difference between proper artificial turf and cheap green outdoor carpeting. I've seen lots of old outdoor carpet that looked pretty bad but I've never really seen artificial turf in bad shape.

I was just out in San Diego and there were street side patches like yours and entire public parks covered with artificial turf. People were running over it with their bicycles & electric scooters in addition to the usual foot traffic and dog poop and it all looked good. I didn't see anywhere that looked faded or needed replacing.
 
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Well thanks for the info but if I had that cash I would have concreted,Guess now my cheapest option will be mulch, must admit though I have never seen a curb with mulch before, only lawn grass in my neighborhood.
 
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You could also plant some low growing Junipers...but it would take a few years to fill in the space. But they WILL fill it in and choke out just about everything else. Would require pruning once in a while.
 
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What Gunguy says. Something that grows low and spreads wide. Then toss some bark/mulch around it and call it a day. Will be pretty but need to be re mulched every about other year.
Artificial turf would have been one time expense but forever and looks good and is very pleasant to walk on. I just spent some time on it at Bellevue Central Park.
 
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Also, that green stuff at HD, it comes in 15 ft width. What means, you have to cut it down to 10 to fit, what means, you have 5 ft wide strips left over. Hence, you do not need 40 lf piece. You need a carpet installer to figure it out, I am terrible at that math. But not 40 ft.
 
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Great advice, I will look into it thx guys.
 
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+1 on ground cover indigenous to your area. You should be able to water it every so often. Two of my neighbors used stone and artificial bark and they look like crap if you ask me. Doesn't harmonize at all with the block.
 
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I think meantime i should simply kill the grass until I should decide, what's the best grass killer I can get for this please?
 
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Any herbicide that contain glyphosate. Round Up is the most popular brand.
 
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Great, i even have some here, thank you!
 
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Hmmm. The neighbors will really like that. There may be an ordinance limiting the time it can sit like that. We have them here.
 
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Never figured on that happening but thx for the info. As mentioned this is only until I make a decision.
 
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