Scott Strough wrote:If I am able to anthropomorphise a bit here. The problem is the mulch not the grass. Nature wants to cover every square foot of the land with green leafy solar collectors. If it isn't, then nature sends in your "problem" to fix it. But in actuality from natures POV the grass isn't the problem, it is the solution. Now if you prefer a different solution, then find a different green leafy solar collector to solve the problem instead.
Well said. I second that motion.
It's all about filling those wide-open niches, isn't it? I think we generally have little idea of how much 'space' is really on our site. When we see that space taken up effectively from nature's point of view, we call it a completely unmanageable mess (and sometimes it is from a human-use standpoint) so we cut it back to a pioneer stage, where we get all the pioneer plants we all know and (for most people) hate.
I try to be more accommodating in general and try to focus on the one bad apple that makes things difficult to work with and try to overwhelm it with plantings, animals, cutting back, whatever. Everything else gets a pass.