Crew-cut or mop-top? In the early 1960s, the Beatles stirred up a generational divide and instigated plenty of push-back from parents when their sons let their hair grow. Then the guardians of convention moved on, and men’s hairstyles have never been the same. Will it be the same for low-mow lawns, the mop-tops of the landscape world? I've met plenty of people who are planning to switch.
If you are a lawn owner, perhaps you’ve wondered if there’s a way reduce the commitment and still have healthy grass. According to some in the turf industry, there is—and it starts with the seeds.
We’re not talking here about a conventional lawn gone feral, nor the patchy grass that some call “freedom lawns” or “organic by neglect.” These seed mixes bear labels such as “low-mow,” “low-work-and-water,” or “drought-tolerant.” What do we need to know in order to shop wisely for these low-input lawn seeds?
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Meadows, lawns ... How are they different? Where are meadows appropriate?
Podcaster Dave Ledoux asks me this question and many more in this 37-minute discussion on BacktoMyGarden.com. Other topics: What's my favorite garlic to grow? What are Chester thornless blackberries? We chat about groundcovers, herbs, books and more.
For every time I hear the question, "Why is there moss in my lawn?", I would like to turn it around. Why is there lawn growing in the moss? For many spaces, moss is an excellent natural ground cover.
In this week's article from New London's Day newspaper, we discuss "Much to Love About Moss." If you have trouble with the link, please download the PDF below.
If you want to learn how to let moss replace parts of the lawn, see "Create a Moss Lawn for Year-Round Green."
Think you're going to get some quiet time sitting out on the front lawn in the last weeks of summer? Maybe. If you're like a lot of people, you may hear the bare spots and brown spots and crab grass incite some noisy conversation instead. Why won't anything grow over there? And why is there so much crab grass? And what was that I read about making lawn repairs in September?