Making a living floor is a biological solution. Living ground covers include low-growing plants like thyme, chamomile, and yarrow as well as a conventional lawn. Unmowed, these plants make a gorgeous natural meadow; mowed, they form turf that you can walk and play on. Nearly all ground covers require some watering and fertilizing, but most are less needy than turf.
Plants won't take the kind of abuse that a harder surface will, and they can be troublesome to walk on when wet. Reserve them for low-traffic and play areas.
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