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Lawn Variety is Not a Curse

If I mow my lawn every week and spray and weed, everything looks short and green and the same. Call it a choice or call it lazy, but I think that if something is growing in my lawn and it isn’t a thistle, it belongs there. One of the benefits of waiting and being patient is an occasional surprise like this, as pretty as a wildflower.


8 comments to Lawn Variety is Not a Curse

  • F.G. Fitzer

    Does poison ivy belong there?

  • briny

    I’d give a yes to poison ivy, myself. Sure keep those rotten kids offa my lawn!
    Now that is one beautiful pair of mushrooms. I try to leave those alone myself as they have a role in your little ecosystem there.

    • Jim Cook

      Sure wouldn’t want to eat those mushrooms — they’d give me some tummy trouble for sure. But they are something to look at.

  • Tom

    I’ve had long, almost foot tall mushrooms at times and others that look downright evil (weird color and you sense not to touch ‘em).

    What about dandelions and those weird spindly weeds that spit seeds at you (actually everywhere) as you brush against them? Are they okay in your lawn? My lawn has a lot of weeds and crab grass, some tall Johnson grass (another weed) and creeper runnin’ all through it. Mowing is right up there with car racing as one of the biggest wastes of fossil fuels. (I digress)

    • Jim Cook

      Dandelions are ok. What are those weird spindly seed-spitters? Thinking about evil mushrooms makes me feel like a rock star.

      • J Clifford

        I have weird spindly seed-spitters, but I don’t know their name either. They’re about 6 inches tall at full height, and have a beautiful radial symmetry of leaves at the base.

  • Bill

    Although our pastures are not lawns…rather, they are systems for turning sunbeams and tempests into horses…still they’re the closest thing I have to a lawn. And, like you, I take pride in their biodiversity. I took a census last summer and identified 11 different species of grasses. Some favor cool weather, others warm, some dry, some wet, which means that whatever the weather my horses find nutritious forage. We also have three different species of Lespedeza (members of the pea family; colorful, nutritious forage, and nitrogen-fixing), two species of clover, chickweed, plus the usual hangers-on (curly dock, dandelions, plantains, and mushrooms and mosses around the bordering woods). Occasional sorghum volunteers do get shot on sight (toxic to horses), as do buttercups (toxic to anyone) and inedible, invasive Japanese stilt grass. The pastures receive tons of well-composted horse poop yearly, which seems to agree with the local flora just fine.

    Whenever I drive through Kentucky and see the pastures that look like putting greens I can’t help but laugh.

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