Really? Get rid of it? But, I’m a big fan. I love the relaxing feeling I get when I mow the grass. Yes, there are many benefits of turfgrass, were outlined last week, but really, in the true spirit of the horticultural truism of “Right Plant, Right Place”, turf simply doesn’t belong in all parts of the landscape.
Ok, where does it belong, and where doesn’t it belong? Good question. Of course, there is a lot of legitimate personal preference involved, but in general:
It does not belong:
In the shade of a building. Grass requires at least 3-4 hours of sun each day.
Under a shade tree. Grass requires at least 3-4 hours of sun each day.
On a steep slope. It’s unsafe to mow on a steep slope.
In a hell strip. The area between the street are hard to keep moist without wasting water.
Next to a house. It’s hard to keep the turf moist here without getting a lot on the house.
It should be planted:
In full sun (or mostly sun). Turf is generally considered to be a sun plant.
In a place where kids want to play. Soccer is best played on healthy turf.
Next to a veggie garden. It’s easier to move equipment on turf than groundcovers or mulch.
On slight slopes or flat areas. Great for erosion control.
Next to a flower garden. Turfgrass is a great choice for the void in mass/void.