As the garden has started coming back to life this spring, it has pained me to see that the weeds have been coming back much quicker than the actual lawn.
A few years ago, I would have been quick to treat the whole yard with a good dose of some sort of weed and feed, but since I'm attempting to be a chemical free gardener, I have resisted the urge.
It pleases me then, to look out in to the
backyard and see birds pecking around and eating the
seeds off the myriad weeds out there in the lawn. It reminds me of why I'm doing what I'm doing :-)
Interestingly, the front lawn is more or less weed free, apart from some patches of clover (which the bees LOVE), which makes me wonder if most of the weeds I'm seeing in the lawn in the back are actually sprouting from birdseed which has fallen from the fence and wall where I put it out for the birds.
Still, I suppose as long as the weeds are green, and we keep them mowed, I can live with them. And the Home Owner's Association will be happy because the front yard is mostly St. Augustine turfgrass.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.