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    You could dig out your whole! lawn and put a bog in therre instead and than have a giant cp area
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    You could try Dichondra repens. This sometimes goes by the name of Kidney Weed. It has the advantage of being relatively hard wearing, certainly for the conditions you have described, and also of not getting very tall. It spreads through rhizomes and doesn't look to bad.

    Here's a couple of links I found from a quick google search.

    http://www.greengold.com.au/greengol.../dichondra.htm

    www.zanthorrea.com/info/Dichondra_Lawn.pdf

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    Hmm, I think Dichondra is considered an invasive around here... another thought though. Presently I'm looking at creeping thyme and some other low-growing herbs.
    I'd love to replant my whole yard as a bog bianchi, but the idea is that I'm poor and I'm trying to grow a vegetable garden so I can save some money and focus on my student loan payments later on this year. I'm trying to convince my landlord to let me put in a pond + water fixture and take the cost of parts off my rent, but I haven't quite gotten him to bite yet. Soon though... I'm wearing him down. If the yard looks nice over the summer, I'm sure I can convince him to fund a few of my more elaborate projects.
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    MFT has a good point. the yard that my basement door leads out to is nothing but moss. ill take a picture of it sometime to show you what it looks like.

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    Have you read up on xeriscaping? You might draw out some ideas from it....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xeriscaping
    http://www.xeriscape.org/
    http://www.eartheasy.com/grow_xeriscape.htm
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    You could try Ajuga or Liriope as ground cover plants. I also saw a gardening show where a botanic garden used Achillea(yarrow) as a grass alternative. Achillea doesn't take as much water as grass and as a bonus, blooms. I believe the person on the show said they even mow it.
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    There are some bamboo species that only grow an inch or two tall, and I have heard of people using them for lawns. Might not be suitable for your zone though, and in any case, running bamboo (which I'm assuming this would have to be) requires a fair amount of work to prevent it from becoming invasive.

    Anyhow, I hate grass too... spent too many hot Texas summer afternoons mowing the stuff to put up with that anymore. My yard now is entirely gardens. For the "extra" areas that I don't want to use right now, I cover heavily with mulch or let the ivy cover up.

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    Hehe, I'm already fighting some bamboo that's much taller than an inch. Interesting thought, though. So far, I'm trying flax and yarrow. I want to do more but between my CPs, veggies, classes and jobs I haven't had a lot of spare time.
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