Bryant RedHawk wrote:I like your idea both from a lawn perspective and from a soil building perspective.
The mix you have listed will do quite well and if you were to use a "mulching mower" you could build the soil even faster.
Since you have a reel mower and you plan to cut high, you will want to rake the trimmings and compost them.
That will remove the material for a nice appearance of "Lawn" but it will slow the soil building, not a bad tradeoff actually since the compost can be used for food plants.
If you are going to do berries for a border for such a space I would go with thornless varieties just for safety of the child and guests.
I like the idea of using hugels as a border for a patio but keep in mind what the goal of entertaining means for the space as well as the borders, that way you will end up with the best fit.
As you grow the lawn, the clay should begin to turn into more of a loamy type consistency a little more each year.
Good luck and best wishes with this project.
Hester Winterbourne wrote:Round my neighbourhod the overriding lawn culture is to cut hard and frequently. There are some gloriously weedy lawns which still manage to flower as soon as the pressure is off for a week or two. My favourites are selfheal, white clover, hawkbits and catsear (I would favour these over dandelion as they continue later into the season and don't have the milky sap), mouse eared hawkweed, creeping buttercup, daisy, lesser trefoil, yarrow, field woodrush and even wild pansy. Oh and the wonderful deep orange fox-and-cubs, Pilosella aurantiaca.