Here’s the blue grama I sowed a few days ago, coming up. This is “native” blue grama sold by Plants of the Southwest and, in my opinion, it’s just as good as the named varieties.
Then I took a stroll next door (about as far as I could walk after this morning’s exercise with the dog), lay down in the grass, and took a picture of it. I am very good at lying down.
This is ‘Cody’ buffalo grass. It’s been green since March. It has not been watered. It’s been mowed once, to get rid of the old dead grass from last year. No chemicals or fertilizers have been applied.
Weeds are visible in the background. Dandelions. (I could have cropped the top of the picture if I knew how, and felt like it.) I’m going to hire one of the neighbor kids to weed out the dandelions. This seems to me to be a better way of coexisting with other people than to spray some chemical which will make the lawn stink. (I have a very sensitive nose….oh, I’m way too sensitive everywhere, but I’m working on that…. and let me tell you, there’s nothing I dislike more than visiting a garden that reeks of chemicals.)
I installed this lawn. I had some extra plugs left over from a project in the garden here, and when my neighbor said she would like a buffalo grass lawn, I started, uh, plugging away. I got plug flats at Timberline and plugged all during July, until the plugs were gone. That was two summers ago. Last summer no plug flats were available, so I sowed seed. (I tried making my own plugs, sowing in flats, but greenhouses do exist for a reason. I did get little feeble plugs, which survived, but barely.)
Yes, there were weed problems. More weeds than anywhere else on the planet. I weeded. Weeding is said to build character, and while I managed to get most of the weeds under control, there is still the character issue. I read up a lot on all the chemicals now available for both buffalo grass and blue grama, some of which can only be used with a license.
I don’t really do the chemical thing, and, anyway, doesn’t hiring some kid to pull weeds sound like something directed toward a more positive outcome? (That is, if the kid does a better job than I did when I was hired to pull weeds.)
Well, it does. The weeds are pretty much under control now anyway; a healthy lawn will outcompete weeds every time. It’s in the nature of grass to be ultracompetitive.
As I know from my constant struggles with smooth brome, cheatgrass, etc., the grass always wins.