Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nature's Course

Fundamental changes in both the landscape and solar exposure of the lot provoked a rethink about lawn management, such as it was. Cheerful volunteers have allowed me to concentrate on interior chores, so the other day I ventured onto the autumn turf for the first time in several years. I was toting organic lime to tilt the forces of growth favor of grass rather than buttercup.

The naturally acid soils of Puget Sound produce bountiful crops of moss, and that's fine by me. I decided to lime areas that are sunny even in the depths of the cool season. By depths, I mean shaded all day by new five-story apartment buildings. Conditions now resemble the bitter winter I spent living on a north-facing beach at the foot of a steep bluff to the south, when I didn't see the sun from October to March. 

We made a first pass with lime last year, and the turf formerly under an orchard of dwarf apple trees is recovering bit by bit. My goal is to give overlooking neighbors a small and flawless green carpet of fine-bladed old-fashioned grass to contemplate, although a traditional European garden might substitute an elaborate knot-shaped bed of ornamental plants for overhead viewing. I'll pester buttercup by any organic means necessary and leave the grass and moss to contest deep shade-30-

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