The Baby Lawn   Leave a comment

Well the grass seed we planted a couple of weeks ago has sprouted and we’ve now got a lush green yard. Or at least that’s how it looks from a distance.

Up close it looks like a crazy green and brown patchwork. In some places the existing clump grasses and clovers went gang-busters with the daily watering required to sprout the grass seeds, resulting in dark green lumps. In the places where the tall fescues were already established the grass itself didn’t grow too much, but there are seed stalks a couple feet long waving in the breeze. In some places the fine blades of the newly-sprouted grass seed mix look soft and welcoming, if a bit sparse. In most places the weed seeds that were already in the soil took advantage of the moisture to create a carpet of lacy seedlings. And in some places my hand scattering was uneven and the dirt prevails. I suppose it is beautiful in it’s own way, but I’m still having a difficult time looking positively on the whole lawn-making experience.

Hopefully that lacy weed seedling carpet isn’t crowding out the grass. I’m not bothered by the seedlings themselves as much as the thought that if the grass doesn’t take, next summer we’ll be back at square one. There is some extra seed, so I’m thinking of just scattering it in the bare and sparse areas now that the rains have apparently started. The other thing that has been bugging me is that these are all cool season grasses. Maybe it comes from growing up in Albuquerque, but I prefer the look of warm season grasses. Unfortunately we were only able to find cool season grasses in the big box stores and the nursery we visited. There is a small patch of bermudagrass in the lawn, and I might try to propagate that around. I prefer buffalograss, but beggars can’t be choosers. Since the temps here in Sacramento can reach the 100’s for long stretches I find it crazy that warm season grasses are so hard to find. Then again, with 20 inches of rain a year that mostly fall during the winter, maybe the cool season grasses are better in this climate.

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Posted October 30, 2010 by mayakey in gardening, home

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