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2020-09-23 4:35:40 PM  
About half the back yard in my new place is native prairie and wildflowers.  I have to cut it back in the fall (no fires, obvs), and maintain a path through it.  Otherwise there's no maintenance.
 
2020-09-23 4:36:56 PM  
Well, I do practice manscaping...
 
2020-09-23 4:42:47 PM  
Hell yeah.  Next house is 100% getting a xeriscape treatment.  Although I will say I was already using a low water grass that rarely needed water beyond normal precipitation and battery-electric yard tools, including mower.
 
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2020-09-23 4:50:14 PM  
Wouldn't really work here.  We're on four-tenths of an acre.  I've got some portions of the property done in grass, others with specific plants, and yet others that are merely hard-packed dirt.  the only part of the yard that I don't have to constantly tend at a micromanaging level to keep it nice is the grassy part.  The grass seems to do a good job of keeping most other plants from establishing themselves.  Anywhere that's not covered in grass is subject to invasion.
 
2020-09-23 4:51:05 PM  
My neighbor (Mr. Roundup pack on his back and OC landscaper) overheard my extra loud comment that gonads fall off from that stuff as I was fanning away the toxic drift. My acres, only green when it rains.
 
2020-09-23 4:56:40 PM  
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Be a good sheep and mow your lawn
 
2020-09-23 4:57:53 PM  
sold mine.
I grow clover now
 
2020-09-23 5:01:53 PM  
I think the whole idea of a front yard (on view from the street) is a really dumb idea, whether it's lawn or plants. It's like the old Victorian idea of a 'drawing room' which is never used unless someone impt comes to visit.

You spend all this time and effort primping a bit of land which is never used..

If you have to have a front yard (where I live, you usually have to have a 5 metre setback in residential zones), the least-worst solution is a high fence and a lot of greenery to give you a garden room that becomes living space when weather suits.

But many societies manage well with a porch right on the street where you can chat with passers by.
 
2020-09-23 5:05:07 PM  

dericwater: Well, I do practice manscaping...


I was relieved to find that TFA was not about pubes.
 
2020-09-23 5:09:31 PM  
I've been meaning to cut my lawn for like two weeks now, so yes.

It's all of like 50 square feet too, which makes it even more ridiculous.
 
2020-09-23 5:09:36 PM  
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2020-09-23 5:16:48 PM  
Your HOA isn't
 
2020-09-23 5:25:18 PM  
I don't need Augusta National, but I do need reasonably short...something growing that the ticks can't hang out on. Anything that's not crabgrass or creeping charlie, pretty much. Clover, moss, whatever. If the family can walk barefoot in it, that's all I care about. The rest is fenced off vegetable garden. 

Besides, if I can't mow, how's anybody going to tell me by the way I walk?

/there's always been ethel
 
2020-09-23 5:27:22 PM  
What lawnmower?
 
2020-09-23 6:07:13 PM  
Sure. Someone get my HOA to change our bylaws and I'll get right on it.

Narrator: Changing the bylaws in Dry Spell's neighborhood requires 90% of the houses in said neighborhood to vote yes in order to pass so this will never happen unless it is mandated by a higher authority (and maybe not even then).
 
2020-09-23 6:07:48 PM  

FrancoFile: About half the back yard in my new place is native prairie and wildflowers.  I have to cut it back in the fall (no fires, obvs), and maintain a path through it.  Otherwise there's no maintenance.


My neighbor is a city planner and native plant enthusiast, and he got three houses to all go in together in converting several years ago.  It was a big selling point when I bought the place a year ago.  And he's always available for advice and assistance.  Good neighbors are worth their weight in gold.
 
2020-09-23 6:18:53 PM  
I'm going to replace the grass in my front yard with a crop.  Maybe corn...or tobacco.
 
2020-09-23 6:20:27 PM  
Im in Arizona my yard is 95% dirt and rocks and up to 5% dog poop depending on the last time I cleaned it up. I have never owned a lawn mower or any other lawn tool beyond a shovel and rake.
 
2020-09-23 6:51:14 PM  
There's no way the yards pictured don't turn into overgrown, weed-choked nightmares without intensive gardening work.  The idea of trying to manage that over 1/3 acre (14000-ish sq ft, (of which only 3500 or so has either driveway, patio or foundation) sounds like a farkign nightmare.  Grass is so low maintenance - never water, just spend 45-50 minutes once a week pushing a mower across it, and toss some weed'n feed on it once a year.

The lady a few doors down has done the full native plant thing.  It does look good, but she's out working in it ALL THE TIME.

/might, however, do a monarch waystation in the front, around my pear tree.
 
2020-09-23 7:12:52 PM  

Izunbacol: There's no way the yards pictured don't turn into overgrown, weed-choked nightmares without intensive gardening work.  The idea of trying to manage that over 1/3 acre (14000-ish sq ft, (of which only 3500 or so has either driveway, patio or foundation) sounds like a farkign nightmare.  Grass is so low maintenance - never water, just spend 45-50 minutes once a week pushing a mower across it, and toss some weed'n feed on it once a year.

The lady a few doors down has done the full native plant thing.  It does look good, but she's out working in it ALL THE TIME.

/might, however, do a monarch waystation in the front, around my pear tree.


As mentioned above, I don't really do squat on mine.  It's mostly coneflowers, rose of sharon, and brown-eyed susans.  It's six feet tall, which I don't think I'd want for a front yard.

If I did a low-maintenance front, it would be a whole ton of vinca minor (aka flowering myrtle) with things like pampas grass and irises to break up the monotony.
 
2020-09-23 7:37:27 PM  
Back yard is pretty much grass-free. I converted a good part of it into a vegetable garden (anyone need zucchini? Okay I didn't think so) and a pond with a lovely gravel and rock apron. The dogs trampled the remaining lawn into dirt. Still don't know what to do about the dirt in the dog run half.
 
2020-09-23 7:57:10 PM  

revrendjim: Back yard is pretty much grass-free. I converted a good part of it into a vegetable garden (anyone need zucchini? Okay I didn't think so) and a pond with a lovely gravel and rock apron. The dogs trampled the remaining lawn into dirt. Still don't know what to do about the dirt in the dog run half.


Pea gravel works well in my dog run, especially in mud capital WA state.
 
2020-09-23 8:18:11 PM  
Great idea, by Circe!
 
2020-09-23 9:18:24 PM  
Clover is taking over my front yard, and I'm hoping in another couple of years there will be no grass left. It has all the perks of grass (soft to walk on, chokes out other plants) without any of the hassle (don't have to water or mow it). Plus it gets flowers, which is nicer to look at than plain green grass. I don't get why lawns are even made out of grass instead of clover.

I also have large sections which are landscaped with other plants, and they're a pain in the ass to maintain. I suspect native plants would grow completely out of control or need to be weeded constantly. Plus a lot of stuff which grows naturally around here is prickly, which I'm not a fan of.
 
2020-09-23 10:29:41 PM  
Kudzu and woods. I mow a path to the front door and around the house.
 
2020-09-23 11:17:32 PM  
Water company was offering $1 per square foot of grass removal. Went through a reimbursement process for $2000 and now have a rock garden in the front yard and bark in the back yard. House looks awesome, drink beer watching the neighbors mow.

/Slowly removing the bark and replacing with patio pavers in the backyard
//Also put in a raised garden
///F ton of squash
 
2020-09-24 12:09:31 AM  
They're called trees. How often do you see overgrown grass growing in a forest?
 
2020-09-24 2:51:27 AM  
Yeah, no. All that landscaping needs hours of intensive tending and weeding to stay looking good. If you don't put the time in in a few months you'll have an overgrown jungle for a back yard.

Lawn is easy to keep looking good. Run the mower over it every couple weeks, done.
 
2020-09-24 3:05:43 AM  
I gave my lawnmower away years ago.  I replaced it with a wheeled weed wacker - goes anywhere, eats anything, and safe enough that a kid can run it without constant supervision.
Mine's a Sears, but walmart sells em too for under $200.  Living here in Colorado, by July my lawn's ready to go dormant, so I only really need to mow for a couple of months.
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/ I don't water.  WHY would I waste good drinking water on my lawn?
 
2020-09-24 7:51:08 AM  
Maintaining a natural landscape isnt easy Always having to do something because the plants need attention at different times
Grass I can ride over it with one of my zero turns every week or so and be done lock stock and barrel in under an hour(about 3 or so acres)
 
2020-09-24 8:50:51 AM  
How dare you question the need for an immaculately groomed bit of land that produces nothing and drains the time, money, and energy of a bourgeoisie that might otherwise question the actions and motives of their betters?!

DO YOU WANT ANARCHY?!?!?!  BECAUSE THAT'S HOW YOU GET ANARCHY!!!!!!
 
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