A messy permaculture garden is much more preferable to a barren swath of cut lawn in my eyes. Good observations, Nimue. Long ago, I observed that Nature grows in layers, even in meadows. Grasses share space with wildflowers and sprawling berries and everyone flourishes.
We’ve had very little rain for weeks now. Places where there was just grass, and no shade, are dead-looking, dry and brown. However, a lot of plants are not dead and this reveals some interesting things. Grass that hasn’t been cut has held out for longer. Grass in any kind of shade is doing better. Grass protected by tree cover is doing best of all. Where there’s a mix of plants, those other plants are often surviving better than the grass. Grass in the company of non-grass seems to be doing better. Combinations of the above are also doing better.
Grass is pretty resilient and can make a comeback once there’s rain. In the meantime, it is easy to set on fire, and unable to support anything else much.
I honestly don’t get the British obsession with the lawn. The playing field at least has some obvious use to it…
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