Houston yards are plagued with shady areas that won’t grow grass. These
areas are eyesores that diminish the curb appeal of the entire property.
As much of a problem as this is, there are many different solutions that can be
implemented that will turn these dead areas into thriving realms of new
There are also ways
to use inorganic elements to add décor in places that may not need vegetation
for aesthetic enhancement. Because Houston
landscaping requires a blend of both softscape and hardscapes elements,
there are always more than one option you can choose.
One way to
decorate shady areas where grass won’t grow is to invest in special patio
preservation in mind.
In some cases, concrete, stone, or brick
patios are not an option. If a patio made from these harder surfaces is
built too close to a large tree, it will require cutting into the root zone and
damaging major roots simply to lay the patio foundation. Also, over time,
the tree roots will grow up from the bottom and press against the undersurface,
causing further stress to the tree.
Gravel is the best material to use for building patios in these shady areas
that won’t grow grass beneath trees. Gravel and trees have existed side by
side for millions of years and have no problem getting along. Gravel
provides natural drainage which is actually good for the tree. It also
gives humans a good walking surface and can be decorated with drought resistant
plant life, outdoor furniture, art, and even a custom fountain.
If you have
a lot of trees that are very large and growing very close together, then you may
want to consider creating a miniature forest scene in this part of your
There are two ways
you can do this. You can have us build you a rock garden under the trees,
or you can have us build you a moss
Rock gardens make
shady areas that won’t grow grass look very true to nature. We almost
always see outcroppings of rocks under trees all over the world. You do
need a professional, however, to create this scene for you. Putting the
wrong sized rocks in the wrong places can damage tree roots just as much if not
more than a concrete slab. Also, you have to arrange them too look
natural, which may not be as easy as you think.
the rocks with moss creates almost a fairy tale effect under your large
oaks. You can have a custom fountain with as small graveled
seating area added here to create your own custom meditation or prayer garden in
the dappled sunlight filtering down from the leaves above.
Keep in mind that
gardens also thrive in other shady areas that won’t grow
grass. You may have a no grow zone on one side of your home that
is caused by your house blocking sunlight. This is a great place to have
us plant interesting, exotic species of moss that have just as much color and
variety as normal garden plants.
Not everyone in Houston wants
to aim for a wilderness theme in their yard, however. Some very
formal landscapes require a deliberately manmade look. If you want to do
something sophisticated with a shady area that won’t grow grass, you can always
have us build you a putting
green using artificial turf.
It doesn’t matter
if your guests like to play golf or not. Everyone can enjoy putting around
on the green during your next outdoor dinner party, and you can work on your
stroke at your leisure in the shade when you want time alone in your