Touch wood I am getting the allotment under control and am putting lots of wood chippings down for paths etc. I am surrounded by couch grass and hope to reduce future invasion by planting lots of yellow rattle seeds around my edges (one can but hope!). But I would like to have some grassy areas as wood chip is a bit boring and not very wildlife friendly. Are there any slow growing grasses that may be suitable do you think? Or some other cheap, wildlife friendly,hard wearing, spreading (but not invasive!) plants that resist my big boots walking on them?
two suggestions Common Brent which is a short grass resistant to trampling and mowing. When I got advice on which grasses to plant when I had a very large area that had been totally dug up for drainage, this was the grass suggested for the edge of the long area, which actually is the verge side of the road. It gets no end of walking on - even cars driving over it when the decide they want to use my driveway to turn round. It does not grow tall.
Second suggestion is Chamomile - which actually has been used as lawns. I planted areas here and there above the Common Brent and it s spreading well - don't know that I wanted it to spread too much, then behind all this is various other grasses and wild flowers that were suggested (The land goes from completely boggy to dry. The chamomile does not seem to mind by being walked over.
Thanks Nelly, I've added the common brent to my list of plants to obtain. I thought about camomile but didn't have any luck trying to grow it in my garden. I'll add it to the herb list and maybe try it later