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We have an outside lawn. Last year, when we moved in, it was in terrible condition. It was power seeded and watered. Now it is in good condition. In Northern Virginia we are blessed with enough rain water.
No chemicals. No electric mower. I do it with a non electric push mower. It takes me about 45 minutes.
Would like to make a part of this lawn a vegetable garden but the Association does not allow that. I am this year growing herbs and vegetables in pots on our balcony and patio. It is fun.
We are both retired and in the late, late seventy's. Keeps us moving.
Good luck everybody
Actually, now is a great time to consider replacing part or all of your lawn with beddings of plants that require less water, as weel as adding areas covered by mulch, decorative stones, etc.
Grass lawns consume huge amounts of water, and a "well-maintained" lawn is marketing code for the use of fertilizers and weed killers that eventually become runoff in your local waterways. It's a major reaon that lakes and canals experience more algal blooms each year and the fish are unsafe to eat.
A little effort today will mean a healthier Earth for generations to come.
I live in Texas and we under some tough draught times here. I decided to just let my lawn go last year because water was rationed here and the price was not one my pocket book could afford. I didn't mow, it burned up, but went to seed mind you. I figured I would lose my rose bushes and other plants in my yard. Well, our winter was so mild, the rain was sparse, but it seemed to come at exactly the times the plants needed it the most. I have 13 trees, figured would loose some of those, But they are all leafing out and the grass has come up and I have had to drag out the weed eater and Lawn mower. My plants have all went lush with leaves and blossoms. Now I do my best to stay away from chemicals on my lawn and plants. I have 9 dogs, all but 4 of them are rescues. Yes, I have trails in my yard since we got the big footed American Bulldog, but that's okay. The neighbors are always coming by and wanting starters, I tell them to go ahead get a cutting and how to start them and my statement is....stay away from the chemicals, let Mother Nature take care of them.
Or you can do it using permaculture and stop working so hard. Here is a link to an article written by Paul Wheaton, "the Duke of permaculture". at rich soil . com You all should really be interviewing him !
Amen deccles03 .. ..
Lawns are the least sustainable part of any landscape. Their maintenance consumes radical amounts of water, requires production and use of chemicals that leach into waterways, and cause significant contributions to the carbon footprint through operation of small engine powered mowers/trimmers/blowers. It is way past the time to invest in other alternatives - and synthetic lawns are not part of the solution! - - -
From a 'sage' landscape architect.
Instead of throwing your money away on this terrible investment, try converting large portions of your lawn into organic fruit and vegetable gardens. The average family will save between $2000 and $4000 a year on groceries (a nearly $5000 reversal in home expenses), you'll eat better, use fewer toxins and waste less water on the ground and it's something the whole famly can take pride in maintaining. Try getting that kind of ROI anywhere else around your home.