I’ve mentioned before that the “grass” in our yard is just a mess of weeds. I don’t know if anything in the lawn could be considered grass. In fact, according to the Midwestern Turfgrass Weed ID site at the University of Illinois , I’ve determined, at the very minimum, that we have the following:
- Broadleaf plantain
- Common purslane
- Common chickweed
- Curled dock
- Ground ivy, aka Creeping Charlie
- Wild Garlic
- White Clover
And those are just the non-grass weeds! The various weedy grasses we have are:
- Creeping bentgrass
- Yellow foxtail
Holy smokes! (I’d link to the pages, but the site still uses frames, so you’ll have to go through it on your own.)
In addition to that mess, because there were various trees on the property in the past and the yard was basically neglected, the ground is extremely uneven. One could easily twist an ankle just walking on the lawn.
We began to even it out a little by taking the soil we dug up for the patio and raking it over the lawn to fill in low spots.
I’m not sure how we’ll remedy the areas that we want to remain lawn. We will very likely have to start from scratch, which won’t necessarily be a big deal, because we won’t have much of it.
For the other parts of the lawn, we’re starting to convert it to prairie garden. There are several different ways to get rid of lawn: using herbicide, cutting/tilling and smothering. They all have their pros and cons. And they all sound so evil.
I’ll go over the methods in the next post.