My second attempt involved planting sheep's fescue grass seed. Sheep's fescue grass is a fantastic choice for lawns for several reasons:
- deeper root system that traditional kentucky bluegrass lawns therefore less watering required
- does not spread by underground roots so does not invade nearby flower beds
- grows to 6-8" high so does not require mowing if you don't mind a taller lawn
- slow growing so can be mowed monthly instead of weekly
- stays green all season long. Traditional lawns can turn brown later in the season with hot weather and lack of water.
- dense growth outcompetes weeds
- apparently grows in sun or shade
My third attempt was to add Dutch White Clover (Trifolium repens) seeds to the existing lawn. I sprinkled it all around the grass and watered daily for about two weeks. Look at the results! A deep green lawn with flowers that have overgrown the existing grass and is absolutely low maintenance. It can be mowed but I choose not to mow it. I leave the flowers for the pollinators to enjoy. I do provide water when required and that's really it.
Dutch White Clover is a legume which is a group of plants that have the ability to utilize atmospheric nitrogen and convert it into a usable form through a process called nitrogen fixation. Therefore, the addition of nitrogen fertilizer is not required as the plant produces it's own. It has a build in food factory.
It's always interesting to experiment with your garden as some ideas don't always work out, and some are better than expected. I consider my white clover lawn a success and encourage others to consider this groundcover as a lawn alternative, especially in areas too shady to support the growth of other plants.