I was watching Penn & Teller’s “Bullshit” last night and saw their episode on Lawns. It resonated with me, because my lawn sucks.
I’m frankly fed up with trying to grow grass. I am not committed enough to the thing to spend the time or money required to have the “nice lawn” that so many people idealize. I have seeded, fertilized and watered, but the stuff just won’t grow the way it’s supposed to. I probably don’t water it enough, but then I consider watering a lawn to be a uniquely wasteful exercise in futility.
In the region where I live, the weather is too inconsistent to get away with keeping a lush carpet of green outside, without being willing to pour at least 3000 gallons of water on it each week. The only thing I’m willing to water is my vegetable garden and flower beds, as they provide me with food and beauty, respectively. It’s not that 12,000 gallons of water a month is particularly costly; I can more than afford it. It’s that it’s just a waste of clean water and poured on non-native grass species it doesn’t represent a good value.
This is where the title of the post comes in. I’ve decided to turn the majority of my yard into a meadow. It will consist of native plants that grow well in this climate without significant maintenance. There will be wildflowers, grasses and other things. I haven’t decided what specifically to plant yet, but I will be visiting the Pinelands Preservation Alliance to get advice and maybe even some seeds.