Welcome to my landscape dilemma in the garden. As you can see from the photo, I have a big patch of dirt, where the grass refuses to grow. There are a few factors contributing to the bald patch. First, the apple tree above shades the area for most of the day. Secondly, it’s a high traffic area and the grass endures a great deal of abuse from pedestrian traffic, as well as being a main thruway for the wheelbarrow and green bin. And thirdly, when my dog, Gimli goes out for his morning and evening pee, he always chooses the closest patch of grass (or dirt) from the door.
We’ve tried seeding grass and for the first few weeks during the spring, the grass become lush and thick, but as soon as the apple tree is in leaf, it’s game over. So three strikes and you’re out! The plan is to extend the flower beds from either side of the space and edge them with 4x4s to match the other flower beds. Then we’ll build a path between the two beds. Problem solved? Hopefully. We still need to figure out what kind of path we want, but I think it’s the best solution to my landscape dilemma.
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