Down the back of my place with garden beds along the fence edges and intruding inwards towards a centre but never meeting, I grow an expanse of greenness in part of the centre. Typically this is labelled a lawn. On close inspection, that greenness is a spread of weeds such as sub clover, buckshorn plantain, cat’s ear, and oxalis with smatterings of grass like weeds and a few others – perhaps some of them are actually lawn grass. It should come as no surprise that I have not tended nor cared for my lawn, with the exception of running the lawn mower over it seldom.
I felt vindicated in this course of action when the gardening guru Peter Cundall I always railed against watering lawns and other care at the expense of useful plants. Nevertheless I, like many others, enjoy an expanse of green – and so it stays, although the size is gradually reducing. Earlier this year I won a pack of Seasol and other gardening care products which contained three different lawn care containers. In the spirit of waste not want not, I watered in a solution of Yates Weed and Feed and waited wondering which plants (weeds) it would kill and which it would nourish (most reviews of this type of product have reservations about combining two processes in one liquid).
New dying patches of chickweed and another that I am yet to identify pockmark the lawn with pale yellow. Since then, I showered Power Food Lawn Feed across my lawn.
Apparently the dry ‘bits’ in this packet contain microbe technology which are activated when spread across the lawn and watered. Will I have a lush picture perfect, magazine quality lawn after this effort? I think I may. There is a new lushness about the fine grass strands that are proliferating across the expanse.
Will I spend and buy more of these products? Despite the efficiency of the products, probably not because I would rather focus my efforts and dollars on plants that will sustain me.