tough area, will this work
we have started two very tiny "prairies", one in the front of our house, along a long strip that runs alongside our house in half sun and behind our house bordering the alley.
Both of them are doing very well. We mowed on June 15 and again on July 15. We are getting ready to do our final one on Sept 15.
We'd like to take the same idea to solve a problem we are having with a neighbor. He is an "absentee" neighbor, never home (usually in Poland most of the year). He doesn't give a hoot about his yard, as a matter of fact, we have gone over there and bush hogged it a few times and he just says "thanks".
last year we built a wood fence. he aleady had a chain link fence on his property but we didn't want to use it as one side of our fence. now there's an 18" space between our wood privacy fence and his chain link fence. all manner of weeds and nasties grow in there.
our idea is to take a high-quality "savanna" mix and just sprinkle it in this 18" space between the houses and hope for the best.
what might be the result of this? we wonder whether the vigorous prairie plants will have a chance to dominate the weeds, or would we need to get in there and weed whack it like we have done with the two we already have on our property. that could be a challenge...
even if only 10% of the desirable plants make it, it would still be better than the stuff that's growing there now.