Beautiful Permaculture Yards in 30 minutes or less per week
July 1, 2012 6:57 PM Subscribe
My suburban yard began as a permaculture project but is overrun with invasive grass. What can I do?
posted by diode to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, the long story. We bought a house in a somewhat rural but still basically suburban neighborhood. We had a permaculture plan drawn up by some locals and planted quite a few fruit trees, raspberries, peach, apple, cherry, and so on and so forth.
In the meantime, the lawn continues to creep, grow and extend its feelers into everything. We don't use weed n feed so it's full of weeds.
As I look around our neighborhood, I see variations on a few themes. There's the weed n feed lawn with tree, shrubs and planting areas with barrier to prevent grass getting into them. That's the majority of homes. There are a few homes that do some cultivation in raised or regular planting beds, some fruit tree cultivations and so forth. Then there are a few very cool homes where they've totally eliminated the grass and have landscaped with all plantings, bare earth or stonework defining paths.
So, our house is the poster child for permaculture run amok.
I've started to install that awful weed barrier stuff to make a firewall around planting areas and then clean them out, a defensible barrier as it were.
Given that I don't want to spend 8-10 hours of every weekend working in my yard all summer, where can I find good common sense solutions for running this scenario? Forums, sites, books?
Hipster's Guide to the Care and Maintenance of the Organic Permaculture Surburban Yard?
- what can I use instead of this cheap weed barrier stuff?
- how do I effectively reduce, remove or reuse the trimming and plant material we are piling up over time?
- how can I manage grass and over time eliminate it or reduce it?
Really I need lots of solutions for doing this artfully. Anyone encountered this and found ways to do it right without becoming a yard serf? I'm not willing to pay people to do this, I enjoy the beauty, the food and the greenery, it's just we need some common sense solutions for managing mom nature in our front and back yards.