Here, there, and everywhere—as I go on my weekly garden blog rounds, it seems many of us are on a mission. Objective: wipe out grass. Methodology: by any non-chemical means necessary. Not that the folks over at Scott’s, Chemlawn, and all the other yardcare mega-businesses need worry. I know lawns are the rule, not the exception. FOR NOW.
First, I must mention the back-breaking work of my fellow ranter Susan. She’s been starting at 6 a.m. daily, out there with a sharp-edged spade and a trowel—nope, no rototiller for her—removing half her lawn, one piece of sod at a time. As many of you may know, she originally planned to use the smothering method, but realized this would take months. I agree with her; at this rate, she’ll get the sod out in a week or so, and feel really good about it. Physical exhaustion can be satisfying.
And I see that Pam over at Digging is interested in xeric front gardens in Texas, while fellow Austin blogger Annie continues a conversion of a front lawn to a front garden. Firefly in Maine is also transforming half of her front yard into a perennial garden, using a fork and a “Toolstep.” You may have already taken note of the 79-comment post Take This Lawn and Kill It over at Talking Plants.
Closer to home, as his garden coach, I am enabling my friend and colleague Ron to plant tall, prairie-like perennials along an L-shaped piece of former “lawn” (beetle-eaten scrub is more like it).
Grass is not the enemy, as we all know; it is what we need to do to keep it presentable. This is an interesting and—to me—encouraging trend. I look forward to follwing it and seeing exactly how widespread it will become.
Elsewhere, some bloggers have been debating the importance of keeping accurate track of stats—turns out the “Top 100 Sites” is just as bogus as its cheesy graphics would seem to indicate. We signed on for a while—who knows which of these blog accoutrements are legit and which aren’t? You have to make a study of these things, and I don’t know how anyone who’s not a fulltime blogosphere geek finds the time. In terms of stats, I do like to know who’s visiting, how many, and where they’re from. Who wouldn’t? In terms of becoming the greatest of all, we gardeners will always be smalltime players and I’m fine with that. I’m in it for the basil mojitos. And the good mojo.