September 14, 2007

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Thanks for Cubilus. Having just finished the interesting but kinda easy Bloxorz, I needed a new movin'-blocks-around puzzle.

Posted by: Julie at September 14, 2007 9:37 AM

Extra special thanks for the clown picture. If all clowns looked like that, I'd understand why they gave kids nightmares.

Posted by: Julie at September 14, 2007 9:38 AM

Thanks for Speed Dial. It's one of the things I liked about my brief Opera trial. Good to have it on the Fox.

As to Eco-lawn, I'm outside of its growing zone. Too bad. I'd have loved it.

I may have to get a faux lawn.

Posted by: briwei at September 14, 2007 5:54 PM

Brian, have you tried zoysia? It's a little tricky to get it established, but it's pretty hardy once it digs in.

Posted by: Julie at September 14, 2007 9:34 PM

Julie,
Does that stuff make your gardens weedy? One thing I've noticed about the fescue and other varieties (I'm not sure exactly what we have)is that it doesn't do that underground runner thing. We have some grass that does that, I consider it weed grass, and it's awful near the gardens. It's the only thing that grows near the road, and it does stay green even with no water. A lot of grasses that they sell as lawn are considered weeds if they're in a different lawn. I'm just wondering if the zoysia is a pest if you have gardens. I would like any kind of lawn that doesn't need watering and much mowing. That's not my favorite summer time-waster. :-P
Thanks.

Posted by: Maggie at September 14, 2007 11:28 PM

It might be a pest - I don't know. I never had a garden. Most of the grass in my old neighborhood was St. Augustine, which also grows on runners - people are constantly edging their lawns because of the way it creeps. But if you keep a good barrier around the garden, that should still keep the grass out.

Most of my lawn was St. Augustine and weeds. I had zoysia on the side. It wasn't as nice as the St. Augustine, but it wasn't as aggressive, either. So it might not pester your garden as much. You'd have to ask around some more, though.

Anyway, as weeds go... better grass than dandelions.

You'd still have to mow and water it, but once established zoysia prefers infrequent drenchings to constant sprinkling. And it mows nicely. When you roll over it, it springs back up right away, so you don't have flattened strips of grass that won't stand up for the blades.

The main complaints I have about it was that it was hard to get it started, and it wasn't the same green as the rest of my lawn. Or the adjoining neighbor's. But if that was such a problem for him, he shoulda have given me a patch of St. Augustine and shut up about it. :)

Posted by: Julie at September 15, 2007 10:34 AM

I have landscaping bricks planted around my gardens, but that doesn't keep the grass with the runners out. It's a problem for me. I hate it when the grass flattens down when I run the mower over it. There are always some patches that I end up going over three times to get all the grass mowed. And our yard is already several different colors. We need to have a strong, consistent grass throughout. Right now it's really pathetic. K's cello teacher has a gorgeous lawn, but I understand her father (she lives at home) fertilizes once a month, does a special winterizer in the fall, and I can see that he waters it frequently. The grass itself is very pretty, though. I don't like thick blades.

Posted by: Maggie at September 16, 2007 10:51 AM

Brian, maybe you would like to investigate a xeriscape: http://www.eartheasy.com/grow_xeriscape.htm

Posted by: Patti M. at September 17, 2007 8:45 AM

Patti, I had heard of that, but always thought they were saying "Zeroscaping" as the example in our neighborhood is no plants, all rocks. I'll have to look.

I like our back grass because the kids play on it. There is also an area they sometimes use in the front. But the side of the driveway would look better and use less water is we Xeriscaped it.

Out here, a lot of places market faux grass in those mailers that clog your mailbox.

I do have a creeping variety of grass. I think it is called Bermuda grass. I was told it was not a weed and there was nothing I could do about it. The problem is that is creeps EVERYWHERE. We have retaining wall made out of pavers and it grows in between the pavers where it then becomes too thick to be pulled out. :(

Posted by: briwei at September 17, 2007 11:58 AM

Ugh, I had the same problem with a stone wall. I had to take it apart to weed and then reassemble. When I put in my most recent edgers, I put down black plastic and surrounded the stones with stone dust, hoping this would discourage the creeping crud. You might need to just spray round-up on those weeds, since you probably don't want to take your retaining wall down!

Posted by: Maggie at September 17, 2007 12:46 PM

The link I posted recommends keeping some grass:

3. Create Limited Turf Areas
Reduce the size of turf areas as much as possible, while retaining some turf for open space, functionality and visual appeal. When planting new turf, or reseeding existing lawns, ask at your garden center for water-saving species adapted to your area.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 17, 2007 2:02 PM

I strongly suggest finding an alternative to Roundup as it is very unfriendly to the environment.

I hand weed a lot, but that might be tedious for a lot of you.

I know you can use vinegar on your weeds, but you'll have to find the proporitons of the solution. We bought a weed burner (which you need to keep up with, but it's fun to burn your enemies).

Posted by: Patti M. at September 17, 2007 2:22 PM

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