Friday, May 30, 2014

Greener on the other side (I hope)

Tomorrow begins our experiment with some new grass in our yard. It's called African Dogtooth and it's being sold here and here. I've taken to calling it "African Dog Too-good-to-be-true" grass, because the list of all the things it will supposedly BE pretty much makes it sound like the perfect grass: cushiony and dense enough to be weed resistant (after 3 seasons), doesn't go to seed, only grows 2-4" (no mowing), very little watering needed, bright green from June through October. We have about 400 plugs of grass that need to be planted by Sunday night.

My aunt decided to partially subsidize this experiment, after seeing us struggle to keep this patch of grass weed-free and green for the last 4 summers. I have really mixed feelings about grass. We have a lot of xeriscape planting areas and they are so brown and crunchy for so much of the year. It's really nice to have green. It's nice to have cushion-y green grass. But the sprinklers and chemicals and aeration that seem to be required to keep regular Kentucky bluegrass green in this part of the country? Not so cool.

So, now it's up to African Dog Too-good-to-be-true Grass. Can it keep this patch of lawn in better shape? Let's see. Ready? Set. Go!

Planting the dogtooth grass plugs
Why we planted the grass (a dialog)
The African dogtooth grass at 4 months in August
The additional bulb flower experiment
Where the bulbs get eaten by the rabbits
Fifteen months after planting
Two year in when the grubs/Japanese Beetle attack

1 comment:

Pregnantly Plump said...

Mow-free grass? It does sound too good to be true. I hope it's not!