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Rip it all out and plant native flowers and mixed grasses. Maybe a fruit tree or two.
No.

i’ve already decreased overall lawn with an extensive patio, fire pit area, vegetable garden, and drought tolerant plants (mostly lavendar)… but having some lawn to run around on is nice, especially with kids.

if I didnt have kids i would think about an all clover lawn but they just arent durable.
 

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Rip it all out and plant native flowers and mixed grasses. Maybe a fruit tree or two.
this is more or less what we did , i'd guess 45/50 containers we put in are natives , the rest fruit and a couple of simpatico ornamentals besides . quite a lot of wildflower seeds too ! the lawn is prob less than half of what it was and grass is more or less the alpha organism here .

is a bit funny to think of this as xeriscape (as we get prob 50"+ of rain annually) but that is the idea
 

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Am I the only one with warm season grass? It’s my first year with a reel mower and been maintaining my 5k sqft side yard of common Bermuda at 1.25”.

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Last month I scalped all 18k sqft down to 0.4”, aerated, and spread 19 yards (23 tons) of sand to help smooth out all the low spots. Hoping to keep the side yard at 0.75-1.0” next year. Produced at least 30 lawn bags of clippings.

This was two weeks after the sand. Maintaining at 1.5” rotary until it goes dormant because I don’t want to dull my reel mower with all the loose sand.
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I have St. Augustine. It's super low maintenance. I've never watered it. Just pre-m & Milorganite.
 

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I have St. Augustine. It's super low maintenance. I've never watered it. Just pre-m & Milorganite.
No St Augustine in my neck of the woods but I hear mow it high and pray you don’t get any fungus because it’s slow to repair itself. The dense canopy plus pre-e should do a great job preventing weeds.
 

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i had all KBG until i overseeded and mixed in some PRG and TTTF (along with more KBG). KBG does a good job filling itself in but is a pain to overseed, which technically you dont need unless you are as inpatient as me.
 
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Ok, I just went out and checked my seed - its mostly TTTF with PRG and KBG filling in. That's fine by me.
 

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Sigh. Toilet is whistling after it flushes. (It's only 6 years old!) Guess I'm learning how to replace a fill valve today. Yay home ownership.
 

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Maybe it's just happy.
 

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Ok this is turning into a shitshow.

The new valve is leaking from the top, no matter what I try. Checked my water pressure, thinking it might be high, but it is inexplicably 20 psi lower than when I last checked a week ago. (maybe my gauge is clogged?)

Then I checked my water heater expansion tank. It's failed. Full of water. Water comes out the air valve when I push the pin.

Off to Home Depot for the 3rd time today.

Yay home ownership.
 

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gonna say that needed to be replaced…

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Doesn’t give me much hope for my water heater
 

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