We’re building a house in the woods. In the process of tearing down an old house, and erecting a new one, the lawn that was there has been utterly destroyed. I loved that lawn! I had crawled on it as a baby, run on it as a child, helped push a lawnmower around it during my youth and have spent hours lying on it looking up at the clouds or stars. It wasn’t a conventional lush, green lawn either, it was filled with what most would consider weeds – thyme, strawberry plants, small native flowers, mosses, funky little sedges and all kinds of woodland plants. It was amazing. Now I’m faced with the task of replanting a lawn that I don’t really want to be ‘planted’, I want a wild lawn.
My Mother and Father put in the original lawn about 50 years ago using seed, but with only a few cuttings a year (if that), no fertilizer, herbicides or supplemental water, the native plants started to creep into the open areas and then did an outright take-over. Would this lawn work in a suburban setting? Probably not, but it’s so perfect in this woodland setting that I’m going to do my best to recreate it’s wild beauty.
I know I’ll have to remove rocks, repair the soil that’s been washed away and then put down a base layer of standard seed, but I’m planning on transplanting plant material in from other parts of the property and tucking them in with that seed. Hopefully they will establish themselves quickly and return the lawn to it’s naturally wild state that I love so much.
And here is a link to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on planting a native grass lawn if you have lots of energy…
Dream of Spring everyone!