Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Concerns about our Eco Lawn

So last fall I covered up our existing disaster of a lawn, added topsoil, and seeded the whole thing using Eco-Lawn, a supposedly environmentally-friendly blend of fescues that needs less water and grows longer and thicker than a traditional lawn.

Coverage of the whole project is here, or just type lawn in the search box up above.

Anyway, I was very excited about the whole endeavour, but then read this negative report from a local garden blogger whose eco-lawn never quite recovered from the winter. And then another comment on another site from a user who says "it has been a major ecological disappointment."

Well, when the snow first melted, I was excited to see that the eco-lawn half of our lawn was actually greener and nicer-looking than the other half. In these pictures, taken today, a few weeks now since the snow cover left, you can still see a clear colour distinction between the eco-lawn and the old lawn (though the old-lawn section was half-heartedly over-seeded with eco-lawn seed).

But the patchy parts of the eco-lawn are starting to worry me more and more as I stare at them day after day. I realize temperatures are still cool, and they could, as the eco-lawn web FAQ says, "green up quickly in spring." They say that it is perfectly normal for patches under snow to go dormant and turn brown.

So we'll see.

Suppers:

Last night (Tuesday):
Turkey Chili with cornbread on top - yum, yum, yum. Must start taking pictures again!

Tonight (Wednesday):
Superstore chicken! I just can't get enough of it!!!

Our city councillor is holding a meeting tonight to discuss and plan the city's first urban orchard. Should be fun, but I'm not sure how excited I am about going. Lazy, perhaps, but it's still too cold outside for going out in the evening to be the total pleasure I know it will be soon.

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