The Grass Is Always Greener?

I know some people spend a great deal of time and energy to have lush, park-like lawns. I can appreciate that.

I, however, am not one of those people. At our place, we would prefer to not have to mow, to not have to wage war against dandelions and clover and the multitude of unidentified weeds working hard to take over our lawn. We also appreciate native perennials, edibles, and other pretties that will make a better habitat for bees, butterflies, and birds.

With that in mind, yesterday we took our first steps in turning our front lawn into… not lawn. Soon we will be digging up more of our front lawn to plant goldenrod, purple prairie clover, lavender, strawberries, and a few different kinds of aster (good for late season forage for the bees). And that’s just the beginning!

A little timeline of the front yard: May 2011.
20110513. happy homeowner.

First plans:
20120308. Front yard plan.

More sod removal, more herbs:
20130714. Less grass + more herbs = happy house.

And some inspiration (click on an image to jump to the source):

Basically, everything this woman, Rosalind Creasy, has going on is just fine by me:

And here’s what a garden “plan” looks like around these parts:
Front yard garden planning.

Next step: the backbreaking work of breaking sod. Oh, joy.

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3 thoughts on “The Grass Is Always Greener?

  1. You have the perfect front yard for a turfless front yard. I’m working on it in my yard too. I keep picking away at it just one square foot at time since the idea is kind of a hard sell around here. Loved the link to the garden plans, and can’t wait to see yours when your done!

    • Removing sod is terribly hard work. Even if you rent a machine to remove a large section, you still have to haul it away, and it is damn heavy!

      It’s definitely worth it, however. We see various pollinators on the perennials all summer long 🙂

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