For two days I’ve been pulling quite a lot of spring weed grass in several areas of the back yard. I haven’t identified this grass (trolled the Internet for 20 minutes looking at images)…but it’s tall, ugly and has lots of seed heads. Sound familiar? The grass pulls up easily and if I start pulling in the morning, I don’t get overheated.
Black bag is filled with weed grass. The grass-less area to the left of the bag is where I’ve weeded. Looks a little ho-hum. (Crocosmia is planted in front of the waterlily pots and black iron fence piece in the back.)
I now have a plan for the area above to remove all of the weed grass, which is most of the grass you see in the photo above and below. The complete plan is to replace the grass with lots of flowering perennials and ornamental grasses.
Another photo of the area looking left.
Just one box of my many chil’n. (Sluggo pellets for slugs and cayenne pepper for dogs inside the pots.)
Some variety of native Texas sedge above.
I have lovely Texas sedges growing all over this back yard, including some in the veggie patch, so I will move a few to this area as well.
I’m also going to the Stephen F. Austin University plant sale on Saturday with my neighbor (yippee!) and may purchase a few more plants such as Schizachyrium Scoparium (Prairie Blues).
Because of cost constraints, a mulched path will be installed through the plants, but this may change to a different material as time and finances allow. (I will also mulch around the plants, themselves.)
I am not a credentialed garden designer, but I think I can make this work. I want the area, which gets sun, to look like a cottage garden. I may arrange the plants in drifts and/or in layers and will look at their height, spread, and color to make certain they look good together.
Because of its intense color, the orange butterfly weed worries me, but I’ll see if I can’t work it in.
This area will be fenced off temporarily so the wild, romping, squirrel-chasing dogs can romp somewhere else!
I’d love to end up with something like what you see in this link. One can dream, right? It’s exciting and scary at the same time! But if I don’t get it right the first time, I hope to have more years to tinker with it.