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By Alan Crowe (Sun Aug 27, 2023 at 06:50:35 PM EST) gardening (all tags)
I try to maintain a patch of grass that never gets direct sunlight. More failure inside

My Scottish tenement has a drying green on the North side. I used to mow it. And rake the moss. Eventually I decided that mowing was for grass that could recover with direct sunshine. I was harming the grass and the moss was winning.

I've taken to letting the grass grow longer and cutting it two or three times a year with a sickle. That helped. What if I left it even more alone? Let it grow tall, set seed, and then cut it once late in August?

Yesterday I cut a patch of long grass with my sickle. The grass had indulged in fratricidal competition, growing tall stalks and shading slower growing grass, killing it. The tangled damp mess provided excellent conditions for moss. Now that I've raked up the grass cuttings that patch of lawn is the worst it has ever been

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lawns by Merekat (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Aug 29, 2023 at 03:58:24 AM EST
Last year I threw a pile of wildflower seeds onto the anthill and bindweed-wriddled lawn and said fuckit. Mow twice a year. It looks like absolute shit but there are loads of bees now and the cats love being able to lurk.

daisies and buttercups by Alan Crowe (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Aug 29, 2023 at 02:37:45 PM EST
I had lots of daisies and buttercups in May and June. I count that a success of leaving the grass to grow. They've mostly gone and I'm not enough of a botanist to know why. Natural life cycle? Defeated by long grass? I expect that they will be back next year.

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Violets by ana (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Aug 29, 2023 at 01:57:30 PM EST
 I had a spot like that. Violets love shade, and if you wanter them when they  wilt, they  do fine.

Time is too strange now for a real plot. --clock

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