Lawn

It Aint Easy Being Green.

This is not the Worx electric push mower. It's just a retro looking rider, that I like the styling of.

I am moving in to the second summer of mowing my ginormous lot here at Modular 4. And for the last two years I have tried really hard to be environmentally conscious with my Worx electric mower, but the time has come for me to throw in the towel. Mowing a 97 by 297 tract of land with a heavy battery-powered mower is killing me.

It’s not that the Worx is a bad mower, in fact it’s great. It’s just too much for me to push around this huge lot, so I have decided to get a riding mower. This weekend the Worx gets cleaned up, the blade gets sharpened, and it goes on Craig’s list. And no, I won’t be buying an electric riding mower. I’ll be getting a small lawn tractor that is capable of mowing a lawn as big as mine, and hopefully with a snow blade attachment clear my drive in the winter.

I hate to see the Worx go. After 100 or so lawn mowing sessions over the last two years I have formed a bond with it. I like how quiet it is. I like how it does such a great job mulching the grass. I just hate pushing it over 28,000 square feet of grass every five days. I’m older now, I deserve a break. I want a mower with a cup holder, and a matching hat. Yes I am gonna be that guy in the neighborhood, and I’m OK with it. Now I just have to decide on a brand and a price range. I don’t need a big John Deere, and I don’t want the tiny Weed Eater brand. Just a nice middle of the road rider, that runs on gas and gets the job done. Maybe I should look for a vintage 1960’s John Deere lawn tractor, now that would be pretty kick ass.

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Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Could Roam.

My lawn is a disaster. I’m the first to admit it. In the year and a half that we have lived here, the lawn is slowly being taken over by Bermuda grass which is encroaching front he field to the South. The Bermuda grass is drought resistant, and high sun exposure tolerant which is fine. The problem is that it looks like hell after winter, takes forever to green up, spreads like a weed, and chokes out all the other grass in the lawn.

All those brown patches are Bermuda Grass that died off this winter. It looks awful, and it's time to get serious with the lawn.

Slowly we have been planning landscaping for the house that will begin later this month and run all summer long. One of the things that I am going to try to do this year is get the lawn under control, or at least back to some level looking good. One of the things that I have been looking into is using native grasses that are indigenous to the area, and have evolved here over thousands of years to become a hardy weather tolerant grass that looks good. My current pick, and the one I will probably go with is “Buffalo Grass”. To be more specific, “Cody Buffalo Grass”.

Cody Buffalo Grass test field at the University of Nebraska. If my lawn looks half this good I'll be in yard heaven.

The reasons for doing this is pretty simple. Buffalo grass require less water, it is a native grass so it has positive environmental impacts, it is weed and pest resistant so it require little fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide, and it looks pretty damn good for what was a grazing grass that grew wild on the prairie for ions.

Cody Buffalo Grass is a short height grass with low growth habit, which means longer periods between mowing, or no mowing at all. (Plus and double plus) It forms a dense blue-green turf, keeping weed competition low. This allows for a chemical free, low maintenance lawn.Cody Buffalo Grass  has successful growth from Arizona to North Dakota and has been bred for dense first year cover, winter hardiness, heat tolerance, and drought resistance. Cody Buffalo Grass is hardy  and excels at rapid lawn establishment making it useful in high traffic common areas, and residential lawns.Because of this, it has caught on with golf courses and is now being used extensively in landscapes as a low maintenance lawn, which suits me just fine.

Close up of Cody Buffalo Grass in a lawn application.

This hybrid Buffalo Grass was developed by the Native Turf Group in cooperation with the University of Nebraska. Because of this Cody has established itself as a premier warm-season turfgrass. Faster establishment, higher density, lower growth rate, excellent winter hardiness, low water requirement, darker color, fine texture make Cody Buffalo Grass my choice for a better lawn. I just hope to hell it works.