Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Lawns, Ground Cover, & Wildflowers
by Charlie Nardozzi
It's midsummer and many gardeners are getting tired of mowing the lawn. There's no getting around mowing a manicured Bermuda grass or Kentucky bluegrass lawn, but if you have an orchard, vacation home lawn, horse pasture, river bank, or steep area that where you want to grow grass but don't want to mow very often or at all, try No-Mow-Grass or No-Mow Lawn Mix.
There are both Northern and Southern versions of No-Mow-Grass. Northern No-Mow-Grass is a type of creeping bentgrass (Agrostis) that grows just 3 to 6 inches tall, tolerates shade, and has a soft, velvety feel. Southern No-Mow-Grass is a blend of fine fescue and buffalo grass. When left unmowed it will gently fold over for a natural meadow look. It is drought tolerant and stays green all summer.
Another lawn grass option is the "No-Mow" Lawn Mix. This blend of six low-growing varieties of fine fescue grows well in sun or part shade. It's best grown on sandy, loamy, and well-drained clay soils with at least four inches of good, loose topsoil. "No-Mow" Lawn mix is adapted to the cooler regions of the country such as the Upper Midwest and Northeast.