We’ll see if this works.
I have planted dwarf mondo grass around the fire pit. There’s a small batch in another part of the yard that actually feels very nice underfoot, so it’s worth a shot. Unknowns: will it grow here? Will it spread? Will it tolerate the foot traffic? Will it be the dickens to keep clear of twigs and pecans?
Only time will tell. And then we’ll pave it over with stone.