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(Fark)   Living with the kids at the moment. Front yard of townhouse (small) is filled with wide leaf grass and clover. Neighbors have nice lawn. Should I just kill the clover and wide leaf and spread new seed? If so, the best approach?   (fark.com) divider line
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122 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 28 Aug 2020 at 1:45 AM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-08-27 9:37:53 PM  
In 2020, lawn worship is out.   Natural plantings are in.  And white dutch clover is part of a classic old-school mix that is a low growing crop that enriches the soil plus has flowers all season that feed the native bees.  Keep the clover.
 
2020-08-27 9:38:39 PM  
Simple fix....Shoot the farking neighbor. Problem solved!
 
2020-08-27 9:43:25 PM  
Your wide leaf grass and clover is green isn't it? Good enough.
 
2020-08-27 9:44:46 PM  

nanim: In 2020, lawn worship is out.   Natural plantings are in.  And white dutch clover is part of a classic old-school mix that is a low growing crop that enriches the soil plus has flowers all season that feed the native bees.  Keep the clover.


This.   I have a fantasy of having an all chamomile lawn (most of my "yard"  is filled with plantings, gardens, hardscapes, etc, so it wouldn't be huge.   But it's a lot of work to keep out the other plants.  But I really hate "grass"...or rather lawns.
 
2020-08-27 9:49:17 PM  
My yard is filled with wildflowers. You know, dandelions, and such. Let it go man. No watering necessary. The dandelions stay green in my yard throughout the summer months. They're blooming right now as a matter of fact. They're lovely. Your neighbors will love you for it.
 
2020-08-27 9:51:32 PM  

Dewey Fidalgo: nanim: In 2020, lawn worship is out.   Natural plantings are in.  And white dutch clover is part of a classic old-school mix that is a low growing crop that enriches the soil plus has flowers all season that feed the native bees.  Keep the clover.

This.   I have a fantasy of having an all chamomile lawn (most of my "yard"  is filled with plantings, gardens, hardscapes, etc, so it wouldn't be huge.   But it's a lot of work to keep out the other plants.  But I really hate "grass"...or rather lawns.


The golden poppies started taking over part of my yard. When I cut the dandelions I leave the poppies. I let them go to seed so they're multiplying rapidly. And they add a lot of vibrant color.
 
2020-08-27 9:54:18 PM  
And in the backyard there's this.

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2020-08-28 12:51:08 AM  
If you have children that you hate, plant dichondra. Dichondra makes a lovely lawn that feels good to your bare feet that needs constant weeding. They'll thank you for it when it's time to choose a nursing home.
 
2020-08-28 6:55:29 AM  
don't be a pretentious coont?
 
2020-08-28 7:04:44 AM  
What does the neighbor's lawn have to do with anything?  Spend the hours and days you'd have spent killing and replanting the yard... playing with the kid.

If you decide you really want to kill off the lawn, I'd use a method without chemicals.  Solarization (kills nutrients) Laying (takes longer)  Removal (if you're made of money.)

I hate lawns, I rent and I have to do a minimum of lawn care, such as mowing the grass.  So, whatever comes in is what I have for a lawn.  I've let one corner of the lawn grow into a full wildflower garden that I don't mow at all.  The rest of the lawn is about 50% dandelions, lilacs, clover.  I've got various bees, butterflies and other native pollinators around.  Frogs, crickets, grasshoppers, and who knows what else live in my yard.
 
2020-08-28 7:15:22 AM  
Living with your kids, or kids living with you?

If it's their house, get consent before plowing, even if there's some grass on the lawn. If it's your house, fark 'em. Do what you want.
 
2020-08-28 7:17:00 AM  
I mow what grows. Eventually, it's all grass.
 
2020-08-28 7:43:42 AM  
Trust me on this one.  You will never win the lawn war.  You will never regret the time you spend with family and friends, but you could easily regret wrenching your back, cutting off a toe, or getting herbicide poisoning while trying to battle the lawn.

Mow every day if you must, it will only take a few minutes probably and then play with a kid or a dog.  More joy in your life.
 
2020-08-28 8:07:50 AM  
Groundclear then add turf. Never have to mow or water it.
 
2020-08-28 8:30:17 AM  

nanim: In 2020, lawn worship is out.   Natural plantings are in.  And white dutch clover is part of a classic old-school mix that is a low growing crop that enriches the soil plus has flowers all season that feed the native bees.  Keep the clover.


came for this.
 
2020-08-28 8:32:21 AM  

Flincher: Groundclear then add turf. Never have to mow or water it.


My dad tells the story about growing up in a poor city, and a neighbor who painted a corner of his concrete driveway green for the kids to play on because "no one can get hurt if it's green."
 
2020-08-28 9:04:31 AM  
From a certain height, our lawn looks like a Hollywood version of an African village. Then, you get down to ground level and see that the "huts" are circles of crab grass and the tamped dirt is just the dead spots where yellow sedge sucked all the water away from the grass.  Green and brown. So, rainbow colored. Good enough for the movies.
 
2020-08-28 9:06:03 AM  
Sounds like you have a perfectly serviceable lawn as it is.
 
2020-08-28 9:23:53 AM  
Don't succumb to lawn worship. Leave it.
 
2020-08-28 9:39:52 AM  
I don't go nuts with the lawn.  I pull up crabgrass or big clover patches if they pop up, but I avoid herbicides.  I'll throw down some seed twice a year to keep it greenish but that's about it.
 
2020-08-28 10:06:29 AM  
Clover is starting to over-take our front yard, and other neighbors yards. As much as I'm OK with it, we have an HOA where clover is not an acceptable grass substitute. Our yard is just yellow now, except for the green weeds that are massive. Its so much of the back yard we've been considering digging the whole yard up (its not that big) and re-seeding with grass.

But then we think of how much work that is. Or money to pay someone, plus the hassle of getting it done. And it just doesn't seem worth it... The neighborhood cats have decided that our yard is the safe yard since we don't have a dog, so its really just more for them to explore and poop in, I guess.
 
2020-08-28 11:01:52 AM  
I have no problem with the broad blade and clover that grows in my lawn. Heck, when the clover comes up I stop mowing so that the bees can get fed. When the little white flowers turn brown I mow again.

What I have a problem with it the wild violets. They are my only concern for my lawn because I can't stop the spread and they choke everything else out.
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2020-08-28 11:22:09 AM  
Meh. Our yard is pretty shady and between that and the drier than normal summer, the grass is barely growing. The creeping charlie are fine with that and have taken over some areas. There's a section in back that's very soggy in the spring to the point that not much grass survives. A lot of it's moss instead. From a distance it looks grassy. Kind of.

Oh, subby wanted advice. Okay. It's your neighbor's fault for having a "nice lawn" and making you feel inferior. Buy clover and dandelion seeds in bulk and scatter them in the neighbor's yard. You can also use gasoline to spell out obscenities in their yard. Have fun!
 
2020-08-28 11:55:45 AM  
Clover was an essential part of lawns back in the "golden age" of the 1950s. Unfortunately clover is killed by herbicide so it's now out of fashion. This is dumb

I overseeded my lawn with clover and it's never looked healthier. Plus the bees and hornets are always checking for clover flowers
 
2020-08-28 11:57:21 AM  

madgonad: I have no problem with the broad blade and clover that grows in my lawn. Heck, when the clover comes up I stop mowing so that the bees can get fed. When the little white flowers turn brown I mow again.

What I have a problem with it the wild violets. They are my only concern for my lawn because I can't stop the spread and they choke everything else out.
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I see it as a problem as my grass intruding on my wild violets.  Granted they aren't a super durable plant to play volleyball on or such, but they're a nice low groundcover that looks pretty even without flowers.
 
2020-08-28 1:20:43 PM  

nanim: In 2020, lawn worship is out.   Natural plantings are in.


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The what, now?
 
2020-08-28 1:57:48 PM  
Prairie dog colony.

/Your kids will love you.
 
2020-08-28 3:59:14 PM  
Protip: Don't plant mint for your herb garden in the ground instead of in a pot.

3 years later and we're still trying to get it all out of the lawn. Does smell nice when I mow though.

/nuke it from orbit may the the final option
 
2020-08-28 4:57:34 PM  
We've got clover, dandelions, wild violets, creeping charlie, and while thyme.  The thyme smells *amazing* when it is cut.

Doesn't the whole idea of a single-grass lawn come out of the European aristocracy?  I thought that the idea was to show off to the peasants that you could devote land that could be used for raising livestock or planting crops for a frivolous, useless, plant that required a ton of money, time and effort for upkeep.
 
2020-08-28 9:41:05 PM  
The neighbor is probably pissed off because he thinks your yard is threatening his lawn. One of my neighbors complains about stuff like this. My yard doesn't look good enough, and my 'weeds' might spread.
 
2020-08-28 9:54:15 PM  
Weeds are just plants that you don't want.  So the best way to get rid of all of the weeds in your lawn?  Want them to be there!  Now they aren't weeds anymore.

/Ta-da!
 
2020-08-29 2:26:43 AM  
NO!

Spread more clover seed. Pull up grass to make way for the clover. Clover is softer under bare feet and it never gets tall enough to require mowing.
 
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