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I have another thread going about my oxalis yellow wood sorrel, which is quite an attractive little guy, bet SEEMS to choke out the lawn and leave dirt come summer. In this thread I'm wondering what combos of ground covers live together well. In the spirit of if ya cant beat 'em join 'em,  I shall even see if this guy is a candidate. I'm no anal retentive yard guy. But, my small front yard looks good as a green yard in front of a 100 year old white house so dont want anything too hippie up front.Hippies use the back door here, anyway.
    I have always believed laziness to be the father of invention.
I typed a search for killing oxalis and eradicating said sorrel. Well, that would be the best thing, e-radic-ate de-root-ing the root word meaning root. Came up with nasty toxic drastic hard work suggestions, unlike here. I am going with deep infrequent h20/tall tall, etc program
But, since I dont know shite, in this thread , I'm wondering what ground covers folks have found go together well, maybe plants that work though winter, then something else come spring/summer. I'm on the cali central coast and its pretty mild rarely frosts we do have droughts and all, And I'm pretty sure my soil is of the best. Interested in what combos work well here or other places. Have read pauls suggestions on bulbs, and possibly rye grass in my spotty front yard sitch. Others reccommend true clovers. it would be nice to find some little green guys guys who add nitrogen/goodness to the soil.In southern Cali I remember us having some little delicate one leaf thing that is not called mitochandria, but something like that. I should indeed probably plant corn in front or bamboo to hide the peeling paint!
 
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The best thing in the world is crocuses!  They pop up long before the lawn gets started and are all done before the first mow.  After a long winter, it is a great sight to behold.

Next, I like yarrow.  People with acidic soil are fighting the yarrow, but I really like the way it feels under my feet.  Spongy and soft.

There used to be a seed catalog where they had put together a bunch of seeds for stuff to grow in your lawn.  Lots of low growing flowers and things that would make for something you could mow, would live well with grass, and be loaded throughout the year with little flowers.  I remember it had a special short yarrow and a short chamomile and some other flowers ... plus some low growing clovers. 

I never did try it.

 
                              
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did a search for such a seed mix and might have found it, but check this out.
http://www.pfaf.org/leaflets/ediblawn.php
not sure i want to promulgate too many dandelions, though.
 
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