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Green Yards #4658564
02/06/18 11:50 PM
02/06/18 11:50 PM
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Texas
BalticBob Offline OP
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Texas
The last few years, I have gone green with my yard, not green like a golf course, green like "environmental green".

Advantages of going green.....
The time I used to spend doing yard work, I now spend doing things I really enjoy.
I use no water, herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers so no pollution and soil contamination.
I use no fossil fuel outdoor power equipment, so no air and noise pollution.
(I use a electric weed whacker to hit the high spots)
More wildlife than ever before around my house, but I have seen no snakes or mice.
(the raccoons, feral dogs, fox, coyotes, and chupacabras keep those in check)
Each spring my yard is full of wildflowers, and that helps the honey bees.
My yard is like a state or national park, as nature intended.
My yard really aggravates the neighbors.

Disadvantages of going green......
Neighbors think I have moved and abandoned my house.
Hate mail from the city about not meeting "community standards".
(if I met "community standards", my yard would be full of old rusty cars, boats, trailers)
Yard equipment manufacturers wanting to use my yard as a "before-after" photo op.
Google maps identifying my yard as a mulch business.
Strangers wanting to camp out in my yard.

So, what say you, is it time we all go green with our yards?

Re: Green Yards [Re: BalticBob] #4658566
02/06/18 11:57 PM
02/06/18 11:57 PM
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Oklahoma
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Oklahoma
I would like to see pictures if you could. I’m doing this to the backyard and would love to do it in the front also.

Thanks


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Re: Green Yards [Re: BalticBob] #4658601
02/07/18 12:48 AM
02/07/18 12:48 AM
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USA
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You could at least do Xeriscape which has a lot of the same benefits without being an eyesore if your neighbors are trying to sell their home.


Re: Green Yards [Re: BalticBob] #4658624
02/07/18 01:42 AM
02/07/18 01:42 AM
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5600 feet elevation, Arizona
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That’s what I have now - zero scape yard. No mowers or weedwhackers, just the blower is left. Little water used, I spend 1/10th of the time I used spend on my yard in Houston.


And I love it.


Sabine Schmitz is the Queen of the 'Ring; Svetlana Kapanina is the Queen of the SKIES...
Re: Green Yards [Re: BalticBob] #4658632
02/07/18 01:55 AM
02/07/18 01:55 AM
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Garak Offline
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Originally Posted By: BalticBob
The time I used to spend doing yard work, I now spend doing things I really enjoy.

I understand how good a lawn can look. I certainly see the value in some flowers and so forth, for people who are into that. I've never seen the wisdom of spending a bunch of money and time laying down fertilizer with the sole purpose of making you have to cut the grass more frequently, spending more money and time. wink


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: Green Yards [Re: Garak] #4658640
02/07/18 02:28 AM
02/07/18 02:28 AM
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Texas
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True for so many …
But my brother from another climate zone (I’ve seen them all) … I have a choice of feed and water within moderation/studying our scholars … or “plant rocks” that radiate heat and still support growth of weeds … (chemicals B us)

Re: Green Yards [Re: 4WD] #4658642
02/07/18 02:38 AM
02/07/18 02:38 AM
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Garak Offline
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Quite true. Actually, last year was dry enough that I was beginning to consider doing something about it. wink


Plain, simple Garak.

2008 Infiniti G37 - Shell ROTELLA T6 Multi-Vehicle 5w-30, NAPA Gold 7356
1984 F-150 4.9L - Quaker State GB 10w-30, Wix 51515
Re: Green Yards [Re: BalticBob] #4658646
02/07/18 02:53 AM
02/07/18 02:53 AM
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'Stralia
Shannow Online content
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The lawn grass in the front yard of the new place, I poked some sweet corn, okrah, cucumber, green bean and pea seeds in a while ago, just for S and G.

Hoping to get something, using the Aztec farming method...will weedwhack it if it doesn't work.

Re: Green Yards [Re: Garak] #4658648
02/07/18 02:59 AM
02/07/18 02:59 AM
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Texas
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Texas
Originally Posted By: Garak
Quite true. Actually, last year was dry enough that I was beginning to consider doing something about it. wink


Funny a guy covered our septic tank with a small square of genuine Astroturf at the camp about 15 years ago —- still looks pristine in the hard coastal environment … but what (sports?) have kept the price elevated? Amazing space-age stuff !

Re: Green Yards [Re: BalticBob] #4658687
02/07/18 06:44 AM
02/07/18 06:44 AM
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Indiana
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Indiana
Yeah, but....

35 years of fertilizing my lawn 3x/yr has resulted in mutant 100’ trees which shade my house and reduce my a/c load. And I especially love mowing all that lush, green grass with my 1976 2-stroke Lawn Boy thereby saving all the energy and materials it would take to build me a new mower.

Last edited by Indydriver; 02/07/18 06:49 AM.

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Re: Green Yards [Re: Indydriver] #4658713
02/07/18 07:50 AM
02/07/18 07:50 AM
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Dallas,Tx USA
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Dallas,Tx USA
Originally Posted By: Indydriver
Yeah, but....

35 years of fertilizing my lawn 3x/yr has resulted in mutant 100’ trees which shade my house and reduce my a/c load. And I especially love mowing all that lush, green grass with my 1976 2-stroke Lawn Boy thereby saving all the energy and materials it would take to build me a new mower.


I too love getting out and maintaining my yard. I've always enjoyed doing yard work.


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Re: Green Yards [Re: BalticBob] #4658810
02/07/18 09:26 AM
02/07/18 09:26 AM
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Posts: 12,515
The Motor City
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The Motor City
I moved into my 2 acre, semi-rural home three years ago. It has an expanse of lawn that is less than manicured. When moving in, I delayed contracting a mower service until July. By then I saw many beautiful wildflowers growing on my lawn. It pained me to have it mowed, but I didn't want to stick out from my immediate neighbors, so I keep it mowed. Nobody says I have to keep it mowed, but common sense tells me to do it.

I'll be getting a riding mower this spring. Instead of having it mowed every week, I'll be mowing it maybe once a month.

There are no chemicals involved. In fact it is discouraged because of the lakefront.

Re: Green Yards [Re: Kestas] #4658884
02/07/18 10:38 AM
02/07/18 10:38 AM
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Posts: 9,188
Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Kestas
I moved into my 2 acre, semi-rural home three years ago. It has an expanse of lawn that is less than manicured. When moving in, I delayed contracting a mower service until July. By then I saw many beautiful wildflowers growing on my lawn. It pained me to have it mowed, but I didn't want to stick out from my immediate neighbors, so I keep it mowed. Nobody says I have to keep it mowed, but common sense tells me to do it.

I'll be getting a riding mower this spring. Instead of having it mowed every week, I'll be mowing it maybe once a month.

There are no chemicals involved. In fact it is discouraged because of the lakefront.

I suppose you could manage it like a hay field. Cutting it a few times a year will keep it looking even, overseed some clover to get some nitrogen and flowers going.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 210km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 10km 0W20 "bulk subaru" whatever that is
Re: Green Yards [Re: BalticBob] #4658950
02/07/18 11:51 AM
02/07/18 11:51 AM
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 9,318
1/2 hr N.E. of Detroit
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1/2 hr N.E. of Detroit
Originally Posted By: BalticBob
The last few years, I have gone green with my yard, not green like a golf course, green like "environmental green".

Advantages of going green.....
The time I used to spend doing yard work, I now spend doing things I really enjoy.
I use no water, herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers so no pollution and soil contamination.
I use no fossil fuel outdoor power equipment, so no air and noise pollution.
(I use a electric weed whacker to hit the high spots)
More wildlife than ever before around my house, but I have seen no snakes or mice.
(the raccoons, feral dogs, fox, coyotes, and chupacabras keep those in check)
Each spring my yard is full of wildflowers, and that helps the honey bees.
My yard is like a state or national park, as nature intended.
My yard really aggravates the neighbors.

Disadvantages of going green......
Neighbors think I have moved and abandoned my house.
Hate mail from the city about not meeting "community standards".
(if I met "community standards", my yard would be full of old rusty cars, boats, trailers)
Yard equipment manufacturers wanting to use my yard as a "before-after" photo op.
Google maps identifying my yard as a mulch business.
Strangers wanting to camp out in my yard.

So, what say you, is it time we all go green with our yards?


Since your neighbors are complaining, I'm sure it's a real eyesore.
Eyesores lowers the value of the homes on our block.


She's the only sister-in-law I have. But she's not my favorite.
Re: Green Yards [Re: BalticBob] #4658958
02/07/18 12:04 PM
02/07/18 12:04 PM
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Central Maryland
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Central Maryland
The thought has crossed my mind more than once, but the kids like playing sports on grass more than stones or dirt.

I have made some changes. The original owners had little kidney shaped gardenettes everywhere, a decorative fence across the middle of the yard (????) and randomly placed bushes. After the first year of mowing, most of that was gone, gone, gone. Now I can mow in straight lines, mostly anyway.


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