Here's my problem - a big lot, 5 different sections - as you know I've been doing a lot on it - little gardening beds in shapes, etc. A lot of weed
transplanting goes on with me, 'cause I don't see buying good plants
as an option, especially in light of the drought we just went through.
I prefer to follow the natural course of this land - acidic with pines, some austrian - some maple on the north part, some scrub maple (a lotta' scrub trees
, I could live without), and a lotta' weeds
A lot of clay in the soil.
Rain and any other nutrients are (I suspect) sucked up by the trees
. The only things that really do well are the weeds
I've been cleaning - I have ended up with some big bald patches.
For instance? The middle lot . . . some grass, that I'm sure is mostly scrub growth - that lumpy stuff.
This is what I think I should do:
1) Keep weeding, transplanting what are truly wild plants
and grow into nice ground cover;
2) In the fall get some topsoil and rake it over - tilling is out of the question - there's too many roots sticking up out of the ground;
3) Get some seed
and spread it over the topsoil;
4) Water it well, then let the gawd-fearin' leaves fall on it;
5) Hold off raking the leaves till November when it's all fallen.
I think this will bring grass for next spring
- but . . . but, but, but . . . I would truly like to forget about grass. I'll tell you why . . .
I don't really consider this as being 'grasslands'. I don't really think this land should be lawn. I think of this lot as a 'woodland'. And a woodland doesn't look like 'grounds' on an estate - it looks like a place with trees
and natural wild growth.
But I need something - something other than big patches of dust.
I'd like to plant
clover! Why? 'Cause I like clover - it's green, it's lush and it's just so pretty.
Am I right in thinking this?
Any other ideas? Like some kind of seed
that will bring me good ground cover - bugleweed, something like that?
Or should I just keep following my gut instinct, keep right on collecting flat stones from the lakeshore and making the places where I have to get green going, smaller and smaller.
Should I make a proposal to the landlord (who is Jeff's employer, he being the Superintendent/Manager). Should I start getting quotes from landscapers and let somebody else do it?
You know how I'll be if I do that - I'll be at the front window jealously looking on as the work progresses.
We might not even be here by next spring
- we're hoping for a chance to move on somewhere - a place where we can have more freedom to get away together.
But still - I care about this lot - it's fallen into my hands and it's mine.
Oh, I'm so torn. If I came into a boodle of money I'd hold the old lady who owns it hostage till she sold it to me.
Jeff would want an immediate divorce, but I could console myself by looking at all my clover.