03-17-2011 09:16 PM - edited 03-18-2011 01:53 AM
Greatings from Coach Dave,
I've had many questions about groundcover that can withstand dogs and cats, “inventive options” is my middle name (although not on my birth certificate), Here are some plant options I've tried:
Asparagus Densiflorus Sprengeri grows about 10 inches to 20 inches tall, can be trimmed and can fill an entire portion of a yard if you don’t trim as needed. Asparagus fern is an almost indestructible fern/groundcover that can take full sun, part sun, shade, or whatever you throw at it. Be warned it can be the dominant plant that can spread quickly.
Myoporum is a great little ground cover that even has some little flowers twice a year. My favorite thing about this drought tolerant ground cover is, if you like you can trim with a lawnmower.
Society Garlic Tulbaghia Violace is a beach ball shaped low growing shrub. While not a ground cover, this little beauty is a natural cat deterrent. A little Society Garlic and some bark or rocks to fill in the rest and your area will be cat free and purrrrfect.
Another idea would be perhaps to think Synthetic grass. Believe it or not the new types are so realistic looking, you have to touch it to tell the difference.
If other's in the community have some ideas of their own, please free to chime in..sharing knowledge and opinions benefit everyone.
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02-16-2013 02:30 PM
I was looking into this yesterday, and found that asparagus fern is considered to be toxic to dogs and cats if ingested (due to saponins in the plant), and can produce skin allergies on pets with repeated exposure. The other groundcover options would be better for the pets.