Diane Kistner wrote:Daron, I’ve been doing exactly what you recommend in terms of mowing, no pesticides, and cutting down the size of the lawn. I was planning to buy some microclover seed to scatter into the lawn, but your Wild Tip confused me: “If your lawn is weed-free, I would purchase some micro-clovers and broadcast the seeds into your lawn!” Why does the lawn have to be weed-free to do this? I’ve got islands of cudweed and chamberbitter growing in my lawn, but mostly it’s just grass. Since I’ve taken over mowing from my partner, who insisted in cutting it down to absolute dust, it’s got fewer weeds, but it’s still got weeds. (A nice result of my electric mower choking out unless on a 4″ setting.) Why could I not just go on and broadcast in some microclover? And isn’t Fall a good time to do that?
Bob Gallamore wrote:We are still building but have had several conversations about lawn. I want to have nothing but mounds with wild flowers and plants, then put in river rock or wood chip pathways among the beds. She wants a lawn. I suspect we will compromise and have something in between. I like you eco-lawn idea because I don't want to be mowing all the time. I also like this idea for the grassy area on the south side of our property between the tree line and the road. I'm good with letting the natural grasses and wildflowers grow wild, but the property developer likes to come around every few weeks and mow it as short as possible. I understand that he is trying to keep the area "attractive" so he can sell the rest of the lots in the area, so I guess I'm going to have to educate him about different kinds of attractive.
Gray Henon wrote:I cut up 40 sq ft of Myers Zoyzia sod and planted it around our small lawn 10 years ago. I has just about filled in and it is amazing grass. Looks like turf type fescue, but holds up much better to summer heat. I sprinkle the grill ashes on it and that is it for fertilizer/lime. It grows slower than fescue and requires less mowing. It does brown out in the winter, but stays thick and doesn't turn to mud.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I have been maintaining my dad's Augustine grass lawn in town for a couple years now using his "almost complete neglect" philosophy. I think I only watered it a couple times this year, and only in spots that get too much sun. I always mow on the highest setting. A couple parts of the lawn get too much sun to survive without irrigation, so this Fall I plan to install a native and xeriscape plants garden in those spots, using plants from my own garden that should do well there. I'm excited about this project. I think it will add a lot of interest to his rather dull yard.
Daron Williams wrote:Here is what I posted in response to your comment on the blog post:
Hello Diane! Good catch–what I meant was that if you already had clover and other “weeds” growing then you don’t need to add more. I will adjust that part to be more clear.