Gardening on artificial grass is even better than gardening on a natural lawn. That’s because it doesn’t need mowing, nor does it have to be watered.
So what plants are best for planting on an artificial lawn? As you might expect, they’re all plants that thrive in pots or raised planters. The reason is that a pot or raised planter is exactly the same as a spot of artificial grass, only there’s soil instead of turf.
To give your plants the best chance at life, follow this advice from an artificial turf installer in Santa Rosa:
- Plant the biggest pot you can afford. This allows for more root room and prevents roots from drying out quickly.
- Use a synthetic soil mix that has superior drainage properties; there are many brands available. Standard garden soil will not be able to hold water and nutrients like a synthetic potting mix can.
- Use self watering planters. That way you don’t have to be home all the time to water them. They’re available in many shapes and sizes, from small $12 modified plastic cups up to large $200+ metal containers with built-in water reservoirs and spigots. Self watering planters also prevent water from evaporating through the soil, reducing your need to refill them daily.
And make sure you plant things like radishes and lettuce, which grow quickly.
For example, to plant a radish seedling first cut an X into the bottom of the cup, then put in some play sand (or any clean granular material), then plant your seedling (with stem above soil line) and water it. The water will drain through the sand which acts as a wick. Planting a radish in a self watering planter is much easier than transplanting an adult radish into a pot.
If you have a dog or cat, try to plant things that they do not like to eat. Examples are:
- chocolate lily (not poisonous but it will give them gas)
- white snakeroot (leaves and stems are good to eat, roots contain a poisonous alkaloid that can cause nausea and vomiting)
- tuberous begonia (buds, flowers and leaves all edible) as is the little grape-like fruit as long as it’s green. The red ripe ones are mildly poisonous.
Beware of planting bamboo on synthetic grass, it spreads very quickly by underground runners.
A valid concern from an artificial turn installer in Santa Rosa about planting on artificial grass in Santa Rosa CA is that it’s wise to avoid putting any toxic plants near a possible water source, such as a pond or garden sprinkler.
The best edible plants to grow in pots on a synthetic lawn are:
- Wild strawberry
Need help switching to synthetic grass? Contact your local synthetic turf installers today! They can help you with your project and tell you about the many great benefits of owning synthetic grass in Santa Rosa!