|The dead-looking conventional lawn last August|
If I didn't have two young kids who love to run around barefoot on the lawn I would have shrunk it even more. But, since I am now committed to the lawn, we still have about 1400 square feet of it and it needs help.
This spring, just before a forecasted four days of rain, I spread pure compost from the Ipswich Curbside Compost program on the deadest-looking areas. The compost will hold on to water longer than plain top soil both slowing the flow of rain runoff as well as feeding the grass in a phosphate-free way. Then I added a drought tolerant (mostly fescue) grass seed and let Mother Nature do her watering job:
The day I added compost and seed:
Four days later after a few days of rain, the new seed hadn't sprouted yet but the grass that was still alive took off:
Two weeks later (I did do a light hand watering twice just to hold it over until the next heavy rains). The drought tolerant seed sprouted and is now dominating over the old non-drought tolerant grass:
And looking at it from the other side, the day of adding compost and seed:
Four days later after rains:
Two weeks later:
Now this area of the lawn is pretty lush, I've even added some more compost in a few spots that were still thin. And these results were achieved with NO chemicals or a sprinkler. It's 100% organic and should be mostly drought tolerant now. I think next spring I'll get a few yards of compost delivered and do the whole thing.
|The lush organic and drought tolerant lawn|
And the best part: an organic and drought tolerant lawn is a lot less work and cheaper over time than a conventional one. You don't have to be constantly spraying with harmful endocrine-disrupting chemicals like Round-up, feeding it with high phosphate fertilizers which end up in lakes and rivers, and wasting money watering it with your sprinkler. It's a win/win for you, your children (who run barefoot on it and probably eat it), your pets (who probably eat the grass too) and the environment!