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Re: OT: Seeking advice for new lawn
Posted by Brandt-San Diego on 6/9/2017, 1:27 pm, in reply to "Re: OT: Seeking advice for new lawn"
Yep--in seasonally hot deserts (long hot season!) like Phoenix, grass takes a tremendous amount of water--there are so many better alternatives. Even here, where the marine layer and sea breezes keep us mild most of the year, it takes a lot of water to keep a green lawn--I'm glad I go with "more interesting" plants that use less water (though when I grow garden veggies, they can get rather demanding at times). If one wants grass, letting it go dormant during dry periods is really the way to grow grass without the water supply issue.
I see Cherokee County is in far eastern Oklahoma, so definitely the heavily wooded part of the state (interesting area botanically being at the west edge of the ranges of a lot of the southeastern forest trees). I'm a big fan of forests, so I'd probably grow as much of that as possible, but of course keeping the necessary clearance from the house as you mentioned, since trees can be a liability in strong winds, ice storms, etc.
And the weeds--some of them are edible (though just like with mushrooms, one needs to positively ID it to eat it!) and delicious (even stinging nettle if it's cooked!), so I certainly wouldn't have a problem with that.
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