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Old 08-26-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: burbs
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i decided to not fight the moss in my lawn this year. additionally, i left one area almost completely alone all summer, only cutting it early spring and pulling weeds by hand thereafter. that became filled with a yellow wildflower bed that has inhibited not only tall grass but even dandelions. so, next year i will do this as a border around the entire property.

the rest of the lawn i mowed less & less as the season went by, & now at summer's end, while everyone else is ugly brown from chemicals, dethatching, and overmowing, my lawn is soft and emerald green. pulling dandelions is a manual chore replacing mowing. it looks beautiful, with very short wildflowers here and there.

i talked to neighbors before deciding to allow the moss. there was resistance because it is not the norm, moss seems to be universally hated here. but why fight mother nature? --the moss even makes pulling dandelions easier than grass does, because there are no tangled roots below.

spending time in my yard without a loud mower has encouraged converstations with neighbors, & i value their input. we don't all agree, but i was pleasantly surprised when the mayor stopped by and said he might try it next year at his house.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Reston
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i decided to not fight the moss in my lawn this year. additionally, i left one area almost completely alone all summer, only cutting it early spring and pulling weeds by hand thereafter. that became filled with a yellow wildflower bed that has inhibited not only tall grass but even dandelions. so, next year i will do this as a border around the entire property.

the rest of the lawn i mowed less & less as the season went by, & now at summer's end, while everyone else is ugly brown from chemicals, dethatching, and overmowing, my lawn is soft and emerald green. pulling dandelions is a manual chore replacing mowing. it looks beautiful, with very short wildflowers here and there.

i talked to neighbors before deciding to allow the moss. there was resistance because it is not the norm, moss seems to be universally hated here. but why fight mother nature? --the moss even makes pulling dandelions easier than grass does, because there are no tangled roots below.

spending time in my yard without a loud mower has encouraged converstations with neighbors, & i value their input. we don't all agree, but i was pleasantly surprised when the mayor stopped by and said he might try it next year at his house.
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:55 AM
 
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We have a spot in the backyard that is prone to having moss. Its in a poor drainage area under two trees so grass doesn't grow too well there. We've tried shade grass, not much luck. It can be a pain. If you walk across it while mowing and its at all wet, it clumps out and you slip in the muddy ground underneath. A mottled green brown patch of lawn doesn't look very appealing but it is better than tall spiky weeds.
I don't mind dandelion in the yard although it looks better when the yellow flowers are cut off. We have a guinea pig and its a free treat for her. Clover is also a weed I like having around, the wild rabbits eat it, honeybees like it and the guinea pig especially likes it.
Moss has its purpose, I guess. I see robins and other birds collecting mud for their nests and when we clean out the birdhouses I often see a soft layer of moss in there.
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