Why no lawn – in 200 words

IMG_1939My garden is smallish and with my plant addiction I need to prioritise plant space so good-bye lawn.  Who needs a lawn anyway?

Some would argue that a lawn is a counterfoil to borders and sets them off; it’s somewhere to rest your eyes.  This is true and I totally agree  – if you have the space to create vistas and if you have so much planting that you need to rest your eyes.

I don’t have space for vistas, you can see all my garden from the house. It was more important for me to create some depth, to obscure some of the views, to give some mystery.  A lawn was stopping me achieving this.  But more importantly it takes up valuable space that I could use for plants and plants are my passion, my obsession, my reason to garden.

Removing the lawn was liberating and the best  decision I have made for this garden.  There have been no regrets at all.  There is still some grass on the path between borders but instead of a place to rest the eyes my lawn defines the journey through the garden.  There is little mowing or edging which makes me very happy.

Today’s Writing 101 assignment is to write something in a set word count

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie says:

    I always love the photographs of your grass paths as they are full of happy looking daises, plus mowing is one of the most boring activities I can think of.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Julie
      My father would be appalled at my happy daisies

  2. ghostmmnc says:

    Your garden is lovely! I always wondered why people have large lawns, then gripe about mowing them. I’d love to have ours done in all flowers, or even vegetables!

  3. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Hi Helen – We don’t have lawn we have ‘grass’!. Fast growing kaikuia a semi tropical Sth African grass. Always green but with runners that are always trying to get into gardens. I noticed some got frosted this year along the motorway – brown clumps – but will come back green and rampant again. I was thankful that in my last garden didn’t have any lawn as was so small. Certainly not a neat lawn!
    I like your grass paths.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi TEG
      Thanks

  4. rosemawrites says:

    Interesting post. I am not a gardener but you have written it so well that I was remained glued until I’m done. 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi rose
      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it

    2. rosemawrites says:

      You’re welcome, Helen! It’s my pleasure. 🙂

  5. Noelle says:

    Compared to my garden, your grass path is a lawn! Are you thinking of replacing your grass in your paths?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Noelle
      I did think about getting rid of the grass in the path but I decided I like the greeness and my cat doesnt like walking on gravel, well she pretends that she doesnt!

  6. I agree with you. I pulled out my lawn about 6 years ago; that was the best thing I ever did as a gardener.

  7. I would have thought that now you have grass paths, it would be all edging!

  8. Tina says:

    Like Charlie, I rid my garden of grass and never regretted it! Well done and gorgeous garden!

  9. Nadine says:

    Well written=)
    I envy you, I live in an apartment so no garden for me

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