I love grassy paths but they don't like me

hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)July 5, 2010

A photo essay.

Rocks

Bricks

Iron

Sam

Renee

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eloise_ca

Well your doggy looks innocent enough, LOL!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2010 at 8:54AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Doesn't she? I really can't complain- she's rough on the grassy paths, but she never steps foot into the beds. And she doesn't chase the chickens, either.
Renee

    Bookmark   July 5, 2010 at 3:16PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Ah, she's so sweet.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 3:07AM
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gobluedjm

AWWW I love Sam. Is that a little nite lite for her...how sweet. She's like, if I lay here still no one will notice me.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 10:04AM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

aw... but sam likes you and i think that's worth any number of grassy paths. i bet she's a real sweetie. min

    Bookmark   July 6, 2010 at 3:57PM
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borderbarb

Renee .... have you thought about St. Augustine grass? It is used on footfall fields, so is pretty tough. Can be a chore to keep under control.

Re: keeping your darling Sam off of areas being reseeded or under new growth ... I've had excellent luck by laying pieces of plastic netting down flat over the surface. Grass grows through, but Kell-girl[boxer] and Joe-boy[rat terrier] don't like the feel under their feet and avoid the re-seeded patches.

BTW ... thanks for the pictures of your garden that you often post.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2010 at 12:06PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Ahem. Borderbarb, that is- or should I say was- St. Augustine in the second photo. It may stand up to football cleats, but it's no match for me and Sam. I'll try the netting; the iron grates work pretty well that way too, but the bricks have been a dismal failure. I even tried planting violets there. No one can kill violets, right?
I see photos in the Cottage Garden and Rose Forums of paths of lovely long bladed grasses- ryes, bluegrasses, fescues, and I DREAM ON. If it's not stoloniferous, it won't live here. In my next life, I'll live in a place where it rains.
I'm planning on learning how to use my new camera this week...
Renee

    Bookmark   July 7, 2010 at 10:40PM
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tropical_thought(San Francisco)

The word drainage comes to mind. The ground looks rock hard. I would dig it all up and add a lot of organics, then replant from seed. It's too much work,but when I have done it in the past, I get results. When the ground is hard the drainage is bad and the soil is dead (ie not living) the grass dies.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2010 at 8:11PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

We are fortunate, tropical thought, to live in a valley bottom with soil like butter. The soil becomes compacted on the paths, and the grass won't grow, because we walk on them. The grass would do just fine if we kept out of the garden, and if Sam would stop chasing squirrels!
Renee

    Bookmark   July 9, 2010 at 5:50PM
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