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Now I don't mean no work - grass needs to be cut now and then.
In the absence of structural/design defects a lawn should thrive with
By defects I mean poor soil, poor siting (example at the top
of a slope in full sun or adjacent to a heat sink such as paving).
thoughts and notes:
a lawn that is just a controlled mix of grasses, no broadleaf plants
tapestry: I use the
word to mean rich, varied, complex, multicolored,
shout: when one aspect
overpowers the rest - can be either negative or
frame, lead the eye: lawn can
set off or focus on other objects/views
playing field, project space, open space, sunlight spot
co-exist, compliment existing
structures and plants
For me a grassy area (lawn) should compliment existing structures and
plantings. It shouldn't over state it's presence (by being to long, too
short or too bright (monoculture/over-feeding). The presence of other
types of plants (sometimes referred to as weeds) doesn't have to
detract if they are not overaggressive - that means calling attention
themselves if the arrest to eye movement.
(here's where I fell asleep)
Here's what I use to "restrain" some exuberant plants:
to control broadleaf plants in
to control crab grass
have had some success with corn gluten - seems to take a few
seasons if infestation is heavy also have had success with
a heavy fall fertilizing (grass competes better)
dandelions and the dandelion
as a general rule I like dandelions, when sparse they arrest the eye
but when spread out I think yellow is a nice color. the dandelion test
is taken in mid-summer, if the turf is healthy the grass will crowed
out the dandelion leaves and they will be hard to find (pass the test).
If the grass is weak the dandelion leaves will stand out and look like
a Scott's-herbicide advertisement (fail the test - lawn needs help).
fertilize - early fall only - that extends the growing season and helps
in early spring. Have found spring fertilizing over stimulates the
grass (too much mowing).
Steps for a healthy lawn (what I do for organic lawn care in Newton,
mow high and often
adjust the pH to near neutral
fertilize in September
take periodic soil test to look for unbalance/deficiencies in nutrients
Boston area averages 42 inches of rain why water?
What is a perfect lawn? What is the purpose of a open grassy