after the morning walk

The completed path. All that’s left is to “puddle in” some of the soil around the flagstones so that they don’t wobble.

This is the first phase of a multi-phase operation that will involve replacing what’s left of the green lawn with native grasses.
The dog runs out to the back, this way, to see what’s going on, and all the grass was dead after this last winter, so I figured I’d use some of the flagstone left over from an endless project in back (behind the shed) instead of just having bare earth.
The lawn was originally put in for the dogs to play on, but now that there’s only one dog, and only me, I’d rather see blue grama and buffalo grass than this lurid green stuff. I find the green color to be visually upsetting in a garden not overly given to greenery; the ‘609’ buffalo grass which was here back in the 90s (until most of it died, winter of 1999-2000) was a whole lot easier on the eyes.
Now that there are better varieties of buffalo grass for my climate, like ‘Cody’, I know what to do.
I know what not to do, too. Kill the lawn and then seed over it (or plug it), for one thing. The bluegrass in the present lawn (it’s a mix of ryegrass, fescue, and bluegrass) will just come back in a few years, and I don’t feel like fighting that any more than I feel like spraying in the first place.
You scrape off the sod, and find a good place in the garden to dump it. (The lawn isn’t big enough to require a sod-cutter.) The sod is chemical-free so that’s no problem.
Here’s a shot of, I think, ‘Sharp’s Improved’ buffalo grass growing in the side yard, taken this morning, too. If you ask me, this is the right color for turf in Colorado.

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