beej1543
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Meadow instead of lawn?

I recently moved into a house whose back yard has a lot of sand and scraggly grass. The previous owners had two great danes they kept in a pen back there. Since I live alone and am trying to cut down on maintenance, I was thinking of putting some compost or soil down and planting wildflowers that I won't have to mow. Has anyone done this?

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Can you tell us a little more about your area - sunny or shady, dry/average/moist, size, city/rural setting, etc. Are you thinking of starting with seeds or plants?

Here's one thread to ponder about when starting a wildflower garden:
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8627

I think your idea will work very well, but it is more work than most people think to get it going. After the first year though, it really will cut down on the maintenance and will be a very pleasant view.
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meadow instead of lawn

Thanks for responding to my post. I live in coastal North Carolina. It is sunny, hot, humid and so much sand in between the grass (such as it is) that my cats think it's their outdoor litter box! I live in a neighborhood and the yard is inside a privacy fence.

I will check out the thread you sent.

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