I live in the boonies and have never had a "lawn". Some green stuff
covers the areas around the house, barn, and garden area and I keep
the two to three acres generally mowed back. The rest of the clear
area (maybe 5 or 6 acres), I am in the process of transforming into
reclaimed prarie and quail habitat. However, in recent years, the
weeds seem to have communicated with each other and have descended on
me with malice a' forethought. The more insidious low creeping ones I
have pulled and deposited on the clay banks on the far side of the
pond. We shall see how that works.
I have heard rumors, here and there, that there are some types of
grass(es) that agressively retard some weed growth. I know there is
no magic bullet and that weeding is in my long-term future, no matter
what, but can anyone here substantiate the rumor of prick the bubble?
Is there, indeed, grass that competes favorably with some of the
weeds? (I know fescue grows year 'round, but it spreads like the
plague and is hell on quail chicks)
Appearance (other than three feet tall weeds) is not a factor. I
don't care what grows, as long as it doesn't grow high.
The question doesn't apply to the garden(s). Weed control there is a
mater of hands and knees, hoes and weedwhakers.
What is especially galling is that, in the fall, some of the most
nasty guys that have come up in the cracks of the stone steps, under
the deck, between siding and flower beds, etc. wind up with lovely
small flowers on them. I found this out by going on vacation and,
upon return, weeds hiding the windows had little indigo, yellow, and
red flowers on them.
Sorry for the rambling.
cheers, and thanx for any guidance
oz, who has slept with the windows open and the temp in the 50's for
the last few nights