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(Architectural Digest)   Ditch your high maintenance lawn and get a mini meadow instead   (architecturaldigest.com) divider line
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1197 clicks; posted to STEM » on 18 May 2022 at 12:17 AM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-05-17 9:05:26 PM  
Difficulty getting rid of your existing grass is harder than it seems
 
2022-05-17 9:39:11 PM  
Depending on where you live, you might be able plant a variety of clover than looks pretty much like a typical grass lawn year round and basically never needs to be fertilized or mowed.
 
2022-05-17 10:08:53 PM  
I've lived in this house 20 years. It had a lawn when I moved in, but since then, I've never put grass seed, fertilizer, herbicide, or insecticides on my lawn. I mow sporadically and never bag the clippings (mulching mower). I don't water, either, but I live in the temperate East where it regularly rains.

I've got what I consider a healthy mix of the original grass, wild clover, various wild flowers, dandelions, and all kinds of weeds that have blown in. It's not pure native, but it's as close to being a natural meadow as you could get without intentionally planting stuff, except for the mowing keeping out tall stuff, of course.
 
2022-05-17 10:10:15 PM  
Nice! I'll bet it attracts more honeybees and butterflies, too
 
2022-05-17 10:25:42 PM  
In our area we might go up to 6 weeks with no real rain during high summer so I'm working on something that doesn't require watering.

Right now if you don't water your grass the bad weeds that make barefoot impossible take over
 
2022-05-17 10:28:30 PM  
Dine that all my life.
I'm a bird and butterfly watcher who Keeps bees
 
2022-05-18 12:55:15 AM  
Our lawn is around 40% clover; I'm trying some mini-clover seed this year to get a little lower profile.
 
2022-05-18 12:55:29 AM  
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2022-05-18 1:03:06 AM  

AlgaeRancher: Difficulty getting rid of your existing grass is harder than it seems


Meh, dump truck full of mulch will deal with much of it.  Several layers of newspaper over the difficult weedy bastard areas.
 
2022-05-18 1:11:46 AM  
If vast swaths of creeping charlie qualify as "meadow" then I'm all set.
 
2022-05-18 1:25:03 AM  
I am so over trying to keep my lawn "healthy". It's one thing after another and I've been fighting it for 13 years. I'm ready to rip it all out and replace with artificial turf at this point. Would probably be better for the planet, too.
 
2022-05-18 1:26:20 AM  
You best make sure the whole neighborhood wants that. Because plants are not great at recognizing property lines.
 
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2022-05-18 1:27:42 AM  
Between my city and the hoa, my only option for a low maintenance lawn is artificial turf.
Once the glaciers dry up maybe the rules will change
 
2022-05-18 1:40:02 AM  
Three weeks later and it's 90% dandelions.
 
2022-05-18 1:53:45 AM  

whatisaidwas: AlgaeRancher: Difficulty getting rid of your existing grass is harder than it seems

Meh, dump truck full of mulch will deal with much of it.  Several layers of newspaper over the difficult weedy bastard areas.


Crab grass and dandelions. Maybe some creeping wort so add to the mix.

The U.S. is so full of invasive species at this point, your lawn recommendations really ahould be region specific.

There is always a case for clover or moss, but thatt requires enough shade and water to promote it's growth. The best cases I have seen in person require 5+ acres of prairie seeding and a very VERY aggressive management of Canadian thistle. Apparently those grow everywhere they should exist
 
2022-05-18 2:27:55 AM  
I mow using a push mower about 6 times a year and leave the clippings lie where they fall, and water about monthly or every three weeks.  Maybe once a year I do fertilizer.  Whatever survives gets to stay in the front yard.  Backyard gets dog piss and poops, fertilized every other year, and weed whacked 3 times a year.  Whatever the dogs don't murder in the backyard can live how ever it manages.

I now have a righteous cheeseweed and nasturtium grow in the backyard, and dandelions and some weird carrot-looking thing in the front yard.

Putting in grass seed is for chumps.  If it can't survive my low water/low care routine it doesn't deserve to live at my house.  I'm often tempted to stop watering the front completely, but that would kill my sycamore tree. The back mainly gets water because I want to keep my fruit trees alive and producing. (and to entertain my dogs, one really loves to race through the sprinklers)
 
2022-05-18 2:44:29 AM  
Don't like mowing your lawn?

Protip: Don't mow your lawn!


Thanks, Lifehacker!
 
2022-05-18 2:51:41 AM  
And then everyone with seasonal allergies will look upon your yard with scorn, even though it's probably the trees causing most of their woes.

/Also HOAs, because of course.
 
2022-05-18 4:33:50 AM  
Meadow patterns do not repeat, they thyme
 
2022-05-18 4:57:38 AM  

weddingsinger: In our area we might go up to 6 weeks with no real rain during high summer so I'm working on something that doesn't require watering.

Right now if you don't water your grass the bad weeds that make barefoot impossible take over


I live in a dryish area, my lawn is kikuyu - drought resistant African grass that forms a thick mat -  and clover. Water it if it hasn't rained for eight weeks and it'll be right. Not frost tolerant but bee friendly.
 
2022-05-18 6:15:41 AM  
The town adopted the No Mow May practice this year to help the bees and butterflies.

We had been doing it for years (more laziness then anything else).

Nice to see most people in the town agreed to go along with it.

Though it's very clear there are a few who would rather be living next to a golf course now.
 
2022-05-18 6:38:27 AM  
When I was growing up, the care of your lawn was looked upon almost as a religion.
Good ol' suburban dads would use the mower every weekend, then dutifully rake the lawn afterwards, bag the clippings and put them out with the trash. Using a bagging lawnmower was the mark of laziness; REAL MEN raked their lawns. They also would NEVER use an electric mower, making the racket was part of being a MANLY MAN.

These days, not so much. The city here just don't bother enforcing lawn order. Effective herbicides are considered hazardous substances and aren't sold anymore. 80% of the households around here grow a fine crop of dandelions and crabgrass.

Good riddance to the lawn perfectionists.
 
2022-05-18 7:31:32 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: When I was growing up, the care of your lawn was looked upon almost as a religion.
Good ol' suburban dads would use the mower every weekend, then dutifully rake the lawn afterwards, bag the clippings and put them out with the trash. Using a bagging lawnmower was the mark of laziness; REAL MEN raked their lawns. They also would NEVER use an electric mower, making the racket was part of being a MANLY MAN.

These days, not so much. The city here just don't bother enforcing lawn order. Effective herbicides are considered hazardous substances and aren't sold anymore. 80% of the households around here grow a fine crop of dandelions and crabgrass.

Good riddance to the lawn perfectionists.


Amen to that
Never understood why such a thing became popular with my grandfathers generation.
If it wasn't for the septic tank in the backyard I'd convert it to a giant vegetable garden.
 
2022-05-18 7:32:51 AM  
I  been doing this for the last few years. I live in Chicago and never water shiat, just mow the crap down.
 
2022-05-18 8:02:20 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: I  been doing this for the last few years. I live in Chicago and never water shiat, just mow the crap down.


Same. I did drop a couple pounds of clover seed this year, hoping they'll compete with the dandelions. But if not, whatever.
 
2022-05-18 8:12:16 AM  

AlgaeRancher: Difficulty getting rid of your existing grass is harder than it seems


I've tried doing this for years by seeding clover, thyme, etc. Nothing takes unless you dig the  grass out.
 
2022-05-18 8:19:50 AM  
Way ahead of you. Half my lawn is clover and dandelions already
 
2022-05-18 8:29:55 AM  

AquaTatanka: EvilEgg: You best make sure the whole neighborhood wants that. Because plants are not great at recognizing property lines.

fark 'em


Do I have to?  They're really kind of ugly.
 
2022-05-18 10:13:26 AM  
Buffalo grass?
 
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