time to shovel mud again… [day 318]

I’m really tired of fighting with my yard.  When I moved into this house over 4 years ago, I had very little grass.  I have so many trees shading the grass, that type of grass just couldn’t grow.  I had to shovel mud off the sidewalks after any rainfall.  This photo was taken after my yard guy slapped a few pieces of sod down to help with the mud problem.

The next summer, I had St. Augustine put in.  It looked great and I was so happy to not be the ‘ugly neighbor’ anymore.

Unfortunately that grass didn’t last.  I’m back to mostly mud puddles.  I’m doing some research with my new yard guy about what type of grass will work in my yard.  I would really like to get this fixed once and for all.  My yard is a good example of what happens when you don’t do your homework.  I’m learning about my options so I can take care of this once and for all.  Not only is it a cosmetic eyesore right now, but continued soil loss can lead to foundation problems.  I’ll keep you posted.  :)

6 Responses to “time to shovel mud again… [day 318]”

  • Ozz Says:

    Artificial turf! That way you can paint it colors and stuff.


  • Practical Parsimony Says:

    Try vinca. I finally got it to grow without a yard guy. It does not need mowing.It’s pretty and green and loves to live under trees. It’s about a foot high. Single women need a yard that does not need mowing weekly. The neighbors will love it.

    That first picture is awful. Poor trees, losing all the soil to erosion. Have you had your soil tested by county extension office?

    Really, I have been told that I need lime put on my soil in the fall. The grass cannot compete with the trees, so the grass dies. I got the lime and was hurting too much to put it down in the fall or winter. I may just do it now. If the grass is stressed, the trees may be too.

  • Practical Parsimony Says:

    Your house is beautiful. I would just settle for a bit of paint on mine!

  • Practical Parsimony Says:

    Sorry to keep posting. But, maybe the St. Augustine can be saved. Shovel a load of sand over it so that the grass barely shows. The St A will love it.

    Or, that little hill on the right side of the last picture could be funneling water to your yard. Maybe a French swale would keep the puddles from forming.

    I wonder if a neighbor’s work on their yard has caused the water problem. ???

    • jody wissing Says:

      Are you in Texas? I’m looking at all the shade grasses that are supposed to work well in North Texas. The St. Augustine has mostly died, but worse than that, washed away. As far as the soil, we have the crappiest soil around here. I’m one of the few houses in my neighborhood without foundation issues. Thanks for the help! I’ll look into the vinca. :)