Ground Cover/Grass near pool deck?

Bart

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Jan 24, 2010
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Northern Virginia
My pool is currently under construction but will someday need something planted beyond the concrete pool deck. The pool is on a hill so they dug out one side and built up the other, and it's the down hill side of the pool that I'll need to take care of.

I'd like something that is fairly tough (will be able to handle being walked on a little and also able to handle pool water (SWG) splashing on it). Erosion controll is a plus since it's on a hill. And I'd also like something low (or no) maintenance.

Good old grass seems like a quick and easy option but I don't want to have to worry about mowing/weed wacking.....too much time required, too much mess created.

So, what are some of the best groundcovers to border the pool deck?

Thanks!

Here's a link to some photos of the pool:
va-blue-ridge-pool-pics-t24552.html
 

dmanb2b

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Apr 4, 2009
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If you can post a pic of the area, maybe that will help us brainstorm for ya :goodjob: I was thinking river rock, but that wouldn't be to comfortable to walk on. :shock:
 

dmanb2b

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I was thinking the same about faux grass...here is a pic of my friend's backyard renovation...he had astro turf put down for his putting green and surrounding rough

 

Richard320

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Jan 6, 2010
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How about Ice Plant? The stuff spreads out like a carpet, seems to thrive no matter how much abuse it gets. Caltrans plants it a lot along freeways, it's thick enough that it will slow down a car. I don't know how it does with salt, but I'm guessing okay, 'cause I've seen it planted near the beach, in sand.

It is considered invasive, though. Webpage
 

Melt In The Sun

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I thought ice plant too, but I didn't think it would make it in the VA winters. Looked and it's rated for zones 5-9, so it might just work! VA is mainly zones 6 and 7.
 

Bart

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Jan 24, 2010
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Northern Virginia
Thanks for all the ideas folks! Sorry for the delay, but here's a few more pics of the area. I'm looking for a ground cover for the small flat area just outside of the concrete froms. The ground is semi-flat up there and then drops off down a hill.







 

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