Each month on the 15th garden bloggers around the world post what’s blooming in their gardens. Here’s what’s blooming in mine. Thanks to the May Dreams Garden Blog for the idea.Continue reading
As mentioned in this previous post, we moved in to a new house last fall, which means we get to install a new yard. And while I am very much a proponent of everyone including more trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, and even annuals in their gardens, I cannot deny that I am also a fan of grass. There’s just something about walking barefoot on the cool grass in the summer.
There are a lot of reasons to reduce the amount of grass in your yard: it can be terribly water inefficient, it requires a lot of maintenance, you can’t eat it or make a bouquet out of it, etc. But, there are some reasons to still include at least some grass in your plans: it doesn’t have to be water inefficient or require a lot of maintenance, and while you still can’t eat it or make a bouquet out of it, you can play tag or Frisbee or red-rover or football or (insert favorite activity here) on it and it will withstand the traffic and stress much better than, say, a bed of pansies. And it will be a lot more comfortable than doing said activities on gravel or amongst the roses.
So, while I’m not advocating endless expanses of emerald green turf, I do believe there is a place for at least some lawn in the home garden. If you’re building a garden from scratch, like we are, your next question then is probably something like this, “Ok, so we want a lawn. Should we plant seed or sod?”
Here are some points to consider:
I also really like the idea that with sod I’m getting an “instant” lawn. I know I’ll have to be a little patient and not walk on it for a few days, but the waiting period will be much shorter than if I was planting seed. And with an active toddler, keeping her off the germinating grass seed just sounds more exhausting than necessary.
The following two photos show the difference between starting a lawn from seed and starting a lawn from sod. Both seed and sod were applied last fall. The seeded lawn is patchy and fighting a lot of weeds. The sodded lawn, while still coming out of winter dormancy, is looking lush and full.
Which have you done? Seed or sod? Would you do it again?
Tulips often evoke images of the dikes and windmills of Holland; generally not the semi-arid Utah desert or the rugged Turkish or Persian steppe. Yet every year in mid- to late-April, these three places – Utah, Turkey, and Holland – become intertwined in the annual tradition of Tulip Festival.