Bought a new house and the lawn is a mess. Mostly a mix of random fescue, creeping charlie, plantain, and other weeds.
I want to make a lawn that looks decent, but is as maintenance free as possible without going completely no mow.
I considered a K31 lawn with clover because I've heard it's the toughest and most drought resistant. But all the boomers have a stroke when I mention K31 and recommend TTTF that costs triple.
Any recommendations? Yard is 1/2 acre in cool season area. Pic related is my back yard.
Looks like good grazing, could put out 2TDM per year easy. enough for 2 sheep
I considered goats or chickens, but I live in a zone that doesn't allow them. Instead, I'm converting almost all of the backyard into a garden, but it will take a few years to get into full swing.
I plan on keeping the front yard more manicured to keep the neighbors happy, but I don't want to go full Boomer and spend $1000/year fertilizing and spray-painting my brown grass spots.
rabbits or guinea pigs?
I guess it depends on if they're considered "livestock" or not. I might have a hard time convincing the city that my army of 30+ rabbits are "pets".
Farm them for angora hair? All you havve to doo is brush them and collect the hair.
Convert grass into protein.
THIS IS BASED.
People grow GRASS because it is LOW MAINTENANCE and DECENT LOOKING.
It is literally your best option for the parameters here. Everything else is wild as fuck, stupid looking as fuck, muddy, buggy, filled with snakes, wasps, and other shitty wildlife.
Turfgrass didn't win because it was decorative, it won because it doesn't take over your fucking house in a couple years.
Let's review turfgrass:
> Establishes dominance with 9 months of care
> Deal with it once a week (or hire this out for $100 a month)
> Can run, jump, play on it
> Kids love it, flat and doesn't obstruct view
> Doesn't invite deer, insect pests, or any wildlife really (except goats)
> You don't even have to water it, establish grass native to the area
> Practically a food desert for anything home invasive, why do you think shit comes into your house? Surround yourself with a moat of grass.
> But muh wAtEr.
Bitch please, residential watering of lawns accounts for 5% or less of water usage in any county. It's good because it works OP, don't fall for the clover meme. I have one 2yd patch of clover, you know how many fucking rabbits I get? Jesus fuck.
have a nice day boomer
Mulch, manure, rototill them together and then native grasses or a clover mix. You could also go the wildflower route and say it can't be mowed as it is feeding pollinators.
>You could also go the wildflower route and say it can't be mowed as it is feeding pollinators
How to piss off your neighborhood and lower your property value. No lawn assholes are always the laziest contrarian pieces of shit.
Buy a robot mower, grass always does best if it's cut daily. It's less traumatic on the stem and the ultra fine clippings mulch down really quickly.
Lawns are pure boomer idiocy. You can still landscape without falling for that useless wasteful trap
Go to your local university extension office with a soil sample and ask their advice.
Generally, the cheapest and easiest method is to mow it, adjust the pH, occasionally herbicide the broadleafs, and give it a little fertilizer. In a couple of years the local grass will take over. Native volunteer grass is my favorite. I can't be more specific, I live in a different region, but quick research on TTTF sounds like it might be the best. Maybe use some in the front in bare spots and be patient.
White Dutch clover, assuming it grows in your area is the answer
i don't know why you americans care so much about your lawn. shure your front yard shouldn't look like trash but your backyard? what you have there looks kinda nice just mow it once a week and it will be fine. don't genocide your garden. also forget what i just wrote if you live in a HOA. i wouldn't wish that to my biggest enemy
You need to start checking the tree lines.
Your back yard looks fucking great, leave it alone and spend money on something else. Throw some micro clover in it if you want.
Seed with clover
It'll strangle out weeds and help the grass grow