The Q&A Archives: Grass And Wildflowers

Question: The home we purchased last year had a backyard (2 acres) that contained several topped trees, weeds, blackberries etc. We had the trees removed and recently had the area bulldozed to level it. We live on high bank waterfront (150 feet) and luckily have a strip of established madrona trees at the end of the property to help with erosion. The slope of the land is moderate. We do not have any form of irrigation system in the back yard. We would like to plant a combination of grass near the front of the property and wildflowers on for the last 1/3. Could you advise us on type of grass and wildflowers? We plan on installing an irrigation system for the grass area but would like a type of grass that requires mininal watering. Any advice you could give us would be appreciated.

Answer: There are a number of turfgrass substitutes that will grow in the area you describe, and most need little supplemental water during the summer months. Eco-Lawn is a first choice. It's a combination of native grasses and low-growing wildflowers. It can be mowed or not, depending upon your own tastes. Seeds are available through Nichol's Garden Nursery, 1190 North Pacific Hwy, Albany, OR 97321-4580. They also carry Crusader Turf Grass Mixture, a special for the Pacific Northwest, which establishes quickly and grows without needing lots of attention. Give them a call for specifics (541) 928-9280.

Good luck with your new landscape!

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