Though my wife is certain to disagree, it is clear to me that my excellent behavior over the past year has been rewarded by the disappearance of nutgrass that had widely invaded the small area of lawn at the damp, lower end of the rear garden (below).  No doubt, weeds in the garden will now be eliminated without any effort due to my continued congeniality. There is no better explanation, at least none that occurs to me, and finally I am assured that wishes do come true.

Of course, I hardly give a hoot about the lawn which is comprised of equal parts clover, mazus, and multiple unidentified weeds with enough sprinklings of fescue so that this green space can marginally be termed a lawn. There have been times when nutgrass was the only green in this area of lawn by late summer, but it grew too fast and too often seeded into the surrounding planting beds. But now it’s gone, completely, and I did nothing.

Areas of Mazus reptans invade the rear lawn.

Doing nothing is good, I think, though rarely are results positive from doing so. This garden is successful despite my willingness to test its limits by doing as little as is possible. But, I am easily fooled, so as I wander through the garden every evening a weed is plucked here and there. Undoubtedly, this adds up, so the garden is not a weedy mess, but if there is a moderate degree of weed control it is mostly a result of planting every square inch possible. If there are few voids, there are few gaps to be filled by weeds.

Still, this does not explain the absence of nutgrass, so clearly there are forces at work beyond my comprehension. This is not surprising, though I expect I’m at least as inquisitive as the next gardener. It is possible that good results are not questioned, while gardeners obsess over the negative, so it’s unlikely I’ll delve too deeply into this issue. But, I am thankful. And waiting for other weeds to disappear.

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  1. Julie says:

    I have grass envy. Your lawn is so nice! We had a tree that needed to be cut down and it took 3 tries to successfully grow grass in the big circle of soil left behind. The second planting produced more weeds than grass. This last year we experienced an overgrowth of weeds, so we hired a service to fertilize and etc…all spring and summer. How often do you recommend fertilizing a lawn?

    1. Dave says:

      The photos are deceptive. The lawn is a combination of weeds that remain green, but ones that remain low growing rather than the tall nutgrass. I have not fertilized the lawn areas for years because clover fixes its own nitrogen, but autumn fertilizing is most critical to grow good roots. The lawn will grow vigorously in spring with or without fertilizer.

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