Between Two Driveways - Dry and Troublesome Spot - September 2021
Revisiting what I wrote back in late February about this area, I mentioned doing more:
Later on (after I published my list), I wrote a post expounding on this area and even had some thinking about the area and converting it from turf grass. But, I never got around to doing that very thing.
Why post about it now? Because, after a hard Summer of sun beating down on it, I am reminded why this area is so problematic. See below for what it looks like right now: Hard, dry, brittle and brown.
I've watered this area from time-to-time, but it always (season-after-season) returns to looking like this: dormant grass that is surrounded by a concrete driveway on one side. A concrete sidewalk on the other. Not great.
But, could this Fall be a chance to bite off a small part of this larger project?
Back in that initial post in March, I included this draft schematic of one way to approach this area. See below - where I called for converting MUCH of this area into a linear border or bed.
I mentioned in the post that perhaps I could put down some of the Lemon Coral Sedum in this area as a ground cover of sorts. Welp, I have a lot of it right now - and it has overwintered for me in spots. I'm thinking I can carve out a much smaller section - the hardest hit by the sidewalk - and start with a small bed there. See below - I'm thinking of cutting just the red portion out and planting it this Fall.
What else gets planted in the Fall? Bulbs. I'm thinking I can put down a set of tulip bulbs (first), then transplant the Lemon Coral Sedum on top. If it survives the Winter, we'll have a nice mat there in the Spring.
In that red area above, part of it is ALREADY a bed. There's a large tree in that corner, so it wouldn't be a lot of turf removal. I'm also pretty sure that this area needs some help in terms of amended soil. When I remove the turf, I'll want to add in a layer of compost, then top it with mulch.
I'm thinking the Sedum would fare FAR better than grass.
I mean....why fight nature, right? If this is a hard-to-grow area for grass, let's convert it.