Southeast Gardening forum: Mow vs. show dilemma?

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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Mar 18, 2016 12:05 PM CST
Who else has the mow vs. show conundrum about the "lawn?" DH says it's time to mow. I can't stand the thought of it yet, so many pretty spiderwort (Tradescantia) blooms! And others!

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Name: Danita
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Mar 18, 2016 6:29 PM CST


I understand your dilemma! I have a huge patch of Salvia lyrata in the backyard that I like the see bloom. The bees like it, too! I look at the patch and choose the most floriferous and weed-free spots and leaved those un-mowed. I mow around them, sacrificing many, until I have a nicely shaped "flower bed" of Salvia. After the blooms fade and they go into cleistogamous mode, then they all get mowed down. I sometimes do this with other plants, too.

Perhaps you can convince hubby to leave you some similar "flower beds" in the lawn. Green Grin!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Aug 31, 2016 10:06 AM CST
I have that sort of dilemma every spring before my first mow. The lawn is usually full of violets, with wild cinquefoil growing down by the creek, and wild strawberries here and there. Magic for a day or two, then all gone with the first swipe of the mower. Thumbs down The grasses get so unruly though that it really does have to be cut before they seed.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Sep 3, 2016 7:57 AM CST
There are yards in historic parts of Macon where the turf person mows around the flowers... The only thing that makes better sense... Is to try to smother the turf some kinda way... Help DH to get over wasting precious resources on something that is so ecologically harmful.

I actually have spotty patches of turf here and there among the wildflowers... Gets mowed once a year... Whether it needs it or not.

Bahaia grass is considered to be an invasive here in the Sandhills... Ima keep my eye on it.
Name: Becky
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I decide to remove as much lawn from my yard as possible. More raised garden beds & garden areas, more flowering plants and trees and bushes, etc. My dh stopped complaining about my garden areas expanding when he realized he had a LOT less to mow! Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! If I have my way, there will be only small strips of lawn left when I am completely finished with all my yard plans ! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Thumbs up
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