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Tired of mowing and want to naturalize our lawns

 
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We are REALLY tired of mowing. We want to establish a mountain meadow type lawn. What would be your choices for seeding it? Flowers and such. There is already the normal type grass mix growing plus whatever the wind has blown in from the desert. Morning Glory: PRESENT. Dandelion: PRESENT. White Clover: PRESENT. I am sure there are a couple of other local things out there too. We also have 4 grape vines growing out in the front.

What other short flowers and bulbs could we plant out there to add color and variety through the year. We are in Zone 5/6 (-2 F is the lowest we have seen since moving here).

Saw a thread on an herb lawn and that intrigues us since we are in to medicinal herbs as well.

Would prefer to no have to do a bunch of prep work either. Dirt is crappy fill as far as I can tell. Would a picture of the area help?
 
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thyme, mint, plantain, lawn violet,
 
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We are zone 6/7 but I think most of these are cold hardy...some of these are medicinals some not and all either naturalized or growing wild here....curly (yellow) dock, self heal, dead nettle, plantains, oregano, feverfew, sundrops, purslane, iris, daylilies, jonquils, crocus, st. Johns wort, scull cap, vincas, strawberries, violets, star of bethlehem, sedums, thymes...these are all growing in various areas in our 'yard' without much attention from us. If you could have taller things...echinaceas (I think there are some shorter cultivars), black eyed susans, evening primrose, golden rods, new england aster, shruby st John's wort......so much more fun than a lawn:)

...spring beauties, bluets, little goats beard,....hop clovers.....

edit to add...daisys, dianthus, buttercups, love in a mist, rose campion, comfrey...
 
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Read Paul Wheaton's article on Lawn Care for the Cheap and Lazy. He offers some good alternatives to a monoculture lawn.
 
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Mother natures lawn.
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You said, "blowing in from the desert" - are you in the desert? Are you going to water/irrigate the lawn? If you'd rather not, then look to see what is growing wild with no care that you like the looks of. If you can't find someone to let you gather plants or seeds from their land, maybe you could look up the plants and order seeds online for them (ie. from Dave's Garden swaps?)
 
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