Show Notes

Today, we talk about how to save time mowing the lawn.  From how often should you mow your lawn to how to save time mowing.

Mowing time saving hacks

  • Mowing – #1 time drain for maintenance
    • Inflexible
    • Takes away from what’s important
    • Weather dependent
    • #1 issue with neighbors
  • Main piece to “keep up with the joneses”
  • First – How to save 27hrs on yard work
    • Really get ninja time savings through habit changes
  • Three approaches to save time
    • Change physical mowing setup
    • Habit & mindset changes
    • Design changes
  • Change physical mowing process
    • Mower width and speed
      • Riding mower
      • Faster, wider, lighter push mower
        • $$
        • Saves time
        • Width
        • Speed
    • Hire out
      • Make sure they can maintain how you want
        • 27hrs guide
      • Look for a team that is adaptable, caring, specific
  • Changing habits, practices, perception
    • Reduce frequency of mowing
    • Raise mower height
    • Reduce synthetic fertilizer use
    • Reduce irrigation
    • Increase natural feeding
      • Compost, other organic options
  • Design changes
    • Reduce lawn
    • Replace lawn with low maintenance garden designs
    • Replace grass with low maintenance grasses
      • Prairie nursery no mow – northern us states
    • Organic lawn care manual – low maintenance options

Links for today’s episode:

this is the aesthetic ecosystems podcast

I’m Ben Hale your virtual design guide

to help you and your family have a

healthy beautiful landscape with less

work what’s up and welcome to episode 18

of the aesthetic ecosystems podcast as

usual we are broadcasting not so alive

from the north side of Cincinnati in my

mobile podcasting studio if you guys

didn’t hear in previous episode I am

recording these in my vehicle that’s

right you can’t fake this stuff and I’m

sitting stationary in a parking lot

don’t worry with the windows down

because it is June that’s right if

you’re listening to this

soon after recording I can tell you with

confidence that it is now June and is so

so exciting to have the you know the

beautiful vibrance of summer starting to

pop into play here and lots of plants

growing going crazy and with that of

course you got weeds you got mowing you

got a lot of work in the garden and

that’s what we’re gonna be talking about

today of course is is the work and

saving time of course on our landscapes

before we get into that though I just

want to share my excitement of you guys

you my listeners that’s right we are a

multinational podcast officially looking

at all the podcasts analytics and

everything it’s pretty cool to see where

where some of you folks are listening in

from so especially you know me north

side of Cincinnati Ohio USA right in the

right smack-dab in the Midwest and

looking at the the geographies across

the United States that where we’re

listening in we get we’ve got 32 states

that have dialed into the aesthetic

ecosystem podcast within the first 17

episodes that’s pretty exciting and

looking forward to see all 50 you know

fill up that map of course and so thank

you all from your interest across the

United States and as well we’ve got some

multinational focus here as well that

people thought tuning in from around the

world so for you multinational

thank you for your relative geographies

where you’re coming from and that’s so

exciting to me so we’ve got quite a few

folks in the UK shout out to those folks

in the UK we got some people from from

Chile listening in from Trinidad I mean

you guys this is awesome and for all the

other I think we saw I saw Sweden on the

map too so that’s pretty cool so for all

you folks across the globe listening in

I hope you can get some really good

value from this podcast and while I talk

mostly about United States relevant

stuff I mean we’re talking about plants

right we’re talking about landscapes

we’re talking about our yards and so

really this stuff applies across the

globe and so while I may be talking

about specific examples especially you

know when we’re talking natives stuff

that’s native to the United States is

not necessarily native to Trinidad and

vice-versa so of course some things

don’t directly apply but a lot of this

stuff about just general maintenance

practices and how we design stuff it

applies across the globe so this is

super exciting guys thank you to all you

listeners out there if you’re new to the

show I’m super excited that you’re here

today and what we’re going to be talking

about today as usual is it really comes

down it’s not about the landscape it’s

about time and we’re gonna be talking

about time today and how we can save

time in our landscape and specifically

today what we’re talking about is time

saving hacks for mowing so when it comes

to mowing this is almost like the

actually I would wager to say this is

the number one time drain in our

landscapes if you don’t have a huge lawn

that you’re mowing first of all congrats

to you and and hopefully you have a

relatively low maintenance landscape if

you’re not mowing your lawn all the time

and you know of course just because you

don’t have a lawn doesn’t mean you have

a low maintenance landscape but mowing

in the American law and especially is is

such a prevalent piece of our landscape

and and it requires a lot of work it was

you know it’s originally thought that

okay if you want something

low-maintenance you put in

and it takes a lot less work but the

reality is there’s a lot of time

dependent work into maintaining and

growing and and keeping a lawn looking

attractive and so that’s what we’re

gonna be talking about today is how can

we still have a lawn that is attractive

is something that we’re not ashamed of

it’s something that our neighbors won’t

be complaining about and it’s also

something that we’re just not tied to

all the time so how do we reduce the

amount of work we spend on our lawn the

amount of time we spend on our lawn and

still have a beautiful landscape in our

front yard or backyard so let’s get into

it today we’re going to be breaking this

up into a few areas and so I’m just

going to give you a kind of a general

background here and then we’ll get into

some time-saving hacks so first a little

bit of background here or a little bit

of reason as to why we’re talking about

the lawn and if you guys hear a little

bit of wind or background noise that’s

not my fake soundtrack you know to make

it sound all cool on my podcast that’s

actually the wind blowing through my

recording studio here and the birds

outside so it’s actually really

enjoyable to be you know just to be out

outside while I’m recording this it’s

kind of cool so yeah hopefully the audio

comes through good and and and you guys

get a lot out of this and hopefully to

maybe you can be you’re enjoying this

with me as I’m enjoying the weather okay

so so once the number one time drain for

maintenance right well wager to say that

and the really interesting thing about

lawns is that they’re fairly inflexible

with how you can maintain them if you

want them to actually look you know how

people perceive a lawn right so evenly

cut grass blades not too tall relatively

weed free in order to maintain that it’s

pretty inflexible with the schedule in

the regime at which you have to do your

maintenance and so it we’re gonna try

and bend that rule a little bit today

but but in general when you’re typically

thinking about lawn it’s not very

flexible with how you maintain it it

also it takes away from what’s important

so think about if I think about me with

my typical weekend you know if I have

going on for the weekend it’s really

difficult if I also have to schedule in

a while I need to mow the grass this

weekend because otherwise it’s gonna be

too tall and it’s gonna look ratty and

so sometimes that ends up being I hate

for it to be a priority in the schedule

where we have to mow the grass as well

and maybe we can’t do this because we

have to cut the grass that’s really to

me that’s very annoying and also it

really takes away from what’s important

in our lives so that’s why we’re here

right we’re here to save time on the

things that aren’t so important like the

maintenance in our landscape so we can

spend it on something more important

it’s also very weather dependent if you

want to actually not hurt the health of

your your lawn you have to do it you

know when the grass is relatively dry so

sometimes for me for sure I end up

rushing out there right before it’s

supposed to rain to get the grass mowed

so we can not have a jungle out there

and and this can be really stressful

point as well and of course the lawn is

the main piece in order for us to keep

up with the Joneses so for us to look

you know not like the sore thumbs

sticking out across the street from

everybody or down the road we don’t want

to be that house right nobody wants to

be that house where oh those are the

people that don’t really take care of

their yard right and unfortunately the

lawn it’s the biggest piece of that so

when you your grass is too tall or not

properly maintained it really sticks out

and stands out and and unfortunately it

causes a lot of neighborly perceptions

because of it so before we get into the

specific tactics today I want to share

an existing resource that I already have

upon the aesthetic ecosystems website to

help you save time just through simple

habit changes and you may have heard me

talk about this before but really the

reason why I keep talking about this is

such an important mindset piece and so I

have this guide it’s how to save 27

hours on yard work just in one season

you can save 27 hours that’s over a full

day of of your life back just by making

simple habit changes in how you you

maintain and perceive your yard and so

go on check it out a big chunk of it of

course is mowing which will talk about

some of the

today but if you really want to get

ninja about it about these savings

through habit changes go on and check it

out again the resource is in the show

notes it’s aesthetic ecosystems calm / –

seven hours – 7 hrs and that’ll get you

to the free resource ok so when it comes

to saving time with mowing there are

three main approaches the first is

changing your physical mowing setup

secondly making habit and mindset

changes and third making design changes

with your yard so these three elements

in tandem can really go a long way in

toward saving you a ton of time in your

landscape when it comes to mowing and

maintaining your lawn so let’s dive in

and check them out so one of the first

things we can change is changing our

physical mowing process so how do we

actually mow our lawn what do we do as

we’re mowing our lawn and and how can we

change that so the the two primary

things I think about here are are with

your physical equipment itself so your

mower width and your mower speed are

both important factors into how quickly

and effectively you can mow your lawn

right so the wider your mower the faster

your mower the more effectively and

quickly you can mow your lawn right so

this is all we’re talking about here

with changing the physical process there

are other things as well like engine

power or whether you’re using a hand

push mower versus a gas powered mower

and of course to your your riding mower

versus your push mowers so those are all

factors as well but let’s just talk

about in general so with a riding mower

of course you have it generally speaking

you have a wider cut so you have more

investment upfront wider cut and faster

mowing so you’re talking about much less

mowing time for this chore and so if

you’re willing to make the investment if

you really want to save some time

sometimes it’s worth making an

investment and so so investing in a

riding mower can can really make a big

difference especially with some of these

newer ones out there the the zero turn

mowers that

a pretty wide mowing deck can really

make a big difference in how you

maintain your landscape now the

trade-off here of course is the

increased maintenance with a riding


so again if time is really important

sometimes it’s worth the investment to

to get more time back and so you can

actually you know invest in a routine

maintenance of your mower with with a

local provider to really keep your mower

in top-notch condition and so it’s

sometimes you know just think about the

the cost to time ratio and watch which

part is more important with each of your

your decisions you’re making so if it’s

really important to save some time

sometimes it’s worth investing in the

little extra cost to get back that extra

time that might be spent instead of you

know spending a whole Saturday afternoon

tuning up your mower or fixing some

issue with it so just consider that so

digress a little bit here but it’s just

a point I want to make so let’s step

back okay so mower width and speed so of

course with a with a push mower the

wider you can go the the the wider path

you can cut the fewer cuts you have to

make across your landscape right and in

addition the faster it goes the faster

you walk with it the the faster you get

it done as well right and so a lot of

these self-propelled ones are a pretty

fixed speed but you know you might be

able to find one that that’s a faster

propelling speed some of them are

adjustable right so the faster you’re

comfortably able to walk with it the

faster you won’t get done that’s just

the reality of it right so when it comes

to a push mower you might invest a

little money again but you’re saving

time and so I guess let me step back so

just a personal story we have a mower

that I just upgraded our mower from an

old pretty old one actually I think I

bought this thing I don’t know it’s

probably already like 15-20 years old

when I purchased it but I bought it used

I think was 40 bucks off Craigslist

every night this thing was a steal but

of course it being so cheap it man this

thing ran awesome up until the end of

last season so it lasted me through most


last year season but then it finally

finally bogged out on me and I didn’t

again I didn’t want to invest the time

or the money to to repair it and I knew

I could most likely repair it and get it

working again but I just said it was

time to upgrade and so I I I think I

sold it on Craigslist for 40 bucks to to

get somebody else to do it so I actually

didn’t really lose any money I just put

age in it and I did maintain it pretty

well but apparently at the in the ended

it something happened to it so anyway

when I was getting at here is this mower

I think it was a 19 inch mower so it cut

a 19 inch path across my yard well the

new one it’s a 22 inch so it cuts for

three more I’m not a math major here


it cuts three inches wider which doesn’t

seem like a lot but when you’re going

back and forth across your yard maybe

maybe 50 times that adds up you know it

makes a big difference

so consider maybe going with a little

bit of a wider cutting path and it can

help you out with saving some time okay

I think we’re we we’ve really spoken

enough on mower width and motor speed

and I think you can figure out the rest

so the other piece with the physical

mowing process I want to point out here

of course the riders I touched on as

well so you get it right a mower you’re

investing more potentially more

maintenance but at the same time you’re

you’re cutting more with fewer passes

and and that can really help out ok

another funny story here actually about

the riding mower so my neighbor down the

street I think he shares the perception

that mowing is is less important than

his family and he tries to do as little

as possible without you know their yard

looking like crazy but he also tries to

do it as quickly as possible

so he has a John Deere riding lawn

tractor and so it’s not where those

fancy zero turns but he also happens to

be mechanic in and somehow he has he

also races cars in the summertime so

you know gives you a little perspective

as to what he’s done here so he somehow

rigged his John Deere lawn tractor to

drive it approximately twice its top

speed and man this thing just chugs

along I mean he he flies across the yard

with this thing and and believe it or

not it cuts it does a great job cutting

his yard

but I certainly wouldn’t recommend you

modify your your lawn tractor to do this

of course but um I guess he’s got the

capabilities and the skillset to do so

as well as the capability and skill set

to drive this thing because I don’t I

don’t I feel like if I had that mower I

would probably end up flying off at some

point during the mowing process with how

fast he’s moving but it it’s pretty

entertaining to watch actually so ok not

recommended aside there but but just

kind of a funny story ok so the last

thing you can do with changing your

physical mowing process is to hire it

out a lot of people make this choice I

don’t we I personally mow our lawn

I have very specific tastes and how I

like to mow our lawn so that’s part of

it but with that said you know you can

specify how how your lawn contractor

your lawn manager lawn specialist

whatever you want to call them how they

take care of your lawn so remember

you’re the client their job is to please

you to get your repeat business in order

to get your repeat business they should

do what you want and so if they’re not

willing to do it find a different

contractor and so you can make sure they

maintain your lawn the way you want to

when you want them to do it and if

that’s too difficult for them you just

find a new lawn care specialist there’s

you know this is the lawn care market is

pretty highly commoditized market so

people are looking to do it for as

quickly as possible with the lowest

price possible while still making money

and and so it’s pretty competitive

market too so if you’re not getting what

you want out of one provider just move

on to another one that fits your tastes

a little bit better and so with that

said you know again this kind of goes

back to the whole idea of this saves you

a lot of time it saves you a lot of

stress or at

or you know it outlays the cost of

having to own and maintain your own

mower as well so just by you know hiring

this out to somebody who is an expert in

this space can really go a long way in

tour into freeing up your your time for

more important things in your life so

again while this is something I don’t do

personally right now this isn’t

something I’d recommend against instead

I recommend you do this if this is

something where it takes away from your

time and ability to do more important

things so with that said again just make

sure they can maintain the lawn how you

want and if you want some stipulations

the the guide I referenced earlier in

the Pat podcast the 27 hours taught

excuse me these 27 hours guide can

really be helpful if you want to go

there check out what I recommend there

so again that’s that aesthetic

ecosystems calm / 27 hours to seven

hours it’s also got a link in the show

notes here so you can just check out the

show notes and click on the link and use

those recommendations to talk with your

lawn care provider as you’re hiring them

to make sure they can maintain your lawn

the way you like to also I would just

again clarify that you want to look for

a team that is adaptable caring and

specific so you know you want to feel

like they actually care about your space

and there are a lot of really good lawn

care providers out there that go the

extra mile to to make sure they’re

taking care of your lawn the way you

want to they’re highly trained but there

are also ones out there that are just

looking to get things done as quickly as

possible and you’re just another

property to help them meet their bottom

line you don’t know if they want one of

those providers so make sure upfront

you’re looking to make sure they are

adaptable caring and specific okay so

that’s enough about changing your

practices your your physical mowing

process those are things that can really

go a long way now let’s talk about

habits and practices and perception so

this gets back into

out of mindset stuff so this is way back

in episode 1 we talked about the right

mindset for your landscape and your life

right so if you haven’t checked that out

already I’d like I’d recommend you go to

aesthetic ecosystems calm episode 1 and

there we talked about how really what it

comes what the whole episode boils down

to is of course I set up way more

eloquently there right but is that your

your life is more important than your

landscape and so it’s it’s really

important to first prioritize your life

and what’s important than your life and

then secondly figure out how to take

care of your landscape and so a lot of

what I’m talking about here follows

under that mindset that perception piece

and so we can change some of our habits

to reflect that new mindset so the first

thing is to simply these these are gonna

sound a little crazy guys I know because

we all love our lawns even when we hate

them and what I mean by that is is we’re

so caught into a specific habit and a

specific routine it’s very hard or very

difficult to change that routine so

here’s what I’m talking about is is to

change that routine so the first is to

reduce your frequency of mowing gasp

right alright that’s a better way to do

it I forget sometimes I’m on an audio

podcast here okay so with reducing our

frequency of mowing we’re we’re delaying

the timeframe for when we have to take

care of the lawn right so that’s the

simple piece of it but it also affects

your lawn and when we do it in tandem

with the next piece it can actually help

increase the resilience and potentially

health of your lawn as well so let’s

segue into the next piece and then I’ll

say more so the next piece is to raise

your mower height alright so what I mean

here is is raising the height of your

mower increases the health of your grass

and this is kind of a process to get

through because both decreasing the

frequency and raising the height of your

mower and mowing is

it seems counterintuitive at first you

would think that you well a lot of what

we hear is to to cut more often and to

only cut the top third of your grass

blades off that’s kind of the

conventional wisdom and I’m I’m turning

that a little bit away from that in

order to adapt to our lifestyle better

as well as to help increase the

resilience and health of your grass at

the same time so when you have a higher

grass blade or grass plant so when

you’re cutting at a higher height what

you have is a healthier plant because it

develops healthier roots and then

because it’s a healthier plant you get

slower growth period or slower growth

rate because the plant is not in a

stress mode when it’s trying to grow as

quickly as possible to help offset the

damage that’s been done to it so the

next piece of reducing the frequency can

play in hand with that because your

grass isn’t growing as quickly relative

to a shorter blade of grass that’s been

maintained at a shorter height it’s

growing more slowly and so you don’t

need to cut it as often and when you do

you’re cutting a smaller ratio of the

grass blade because it’s already at a

taller height if that makes sense so

basically you’re you’re traumatizing the

grass less in between cuttings and

you’re also traumatizing it less

frequently so the grass is a little bit

happier it’s a little bit greener than

the same grass at a lower height and the

roots are a bit healthier so what this

all does it actually helps the whole

process because because it’s happier and

healthier the roots are stronger it’s

more drought tolerant it’s more disease

resistant and you’re also at the same

time you’re shading out the soil with

taller grass blades so it reduces the

weed pressure on your landscape as well

so all these things go together and to

help your lawn out and at the same time

you’re saving time and you’re saving

effort by stretching out that the amount

of times you need to mow there’s an

additional caveat I want to say he

and I’m living this right now – is

sometimes your grass is just growing

like gangbusters right and during those

time periods you still have to mow more

frequently than slower growth periods so

there are and we’re round where I live

we have generally speaking we have what

are called cool season grasses so they

put on most of their growth during the

cooler seasons of the year

so for around the Midwest

that’s generally speaking that’s your

late April through early June phase and

during that phase with a lot of rain and

that’s when your grasses are putting a

lot of growth they’re also going to seed

and so unfortunately they require a lot

of cutting at the same time so it’s

during certain times you do have to cut

rather frequently whereas at other times

you can drastically reduce your mowing

frequency as your your grass starts to

slow down its growth phase so again for

the Midwest that’s kind of all through

mid summer so your June through say

August early September phase and then

it’ll go again into another growth cycle

as it prepares the roots it builds

resilience for the plant throughout the

winter months and so your September

through October and even sometimes

really November phase you’ll get another

burst of growth and you’ll have to

increase your mowing frequency again and

so that’s kind of you you have to be

adaptable to what your grass does at

this certain times of year but in

general here what I’m talking about is

just stretching out that period as much

as you comfortably can without damaging

your grass by cutting too much of it at

the same time okay so another couple

things you can do here with your habits

the next is reducing your synthetic

fertilizer use or what I would prefer is

– this is my own preference is to

completely eliminate it

synthetic fertilizers are these what

they even the slow what so-called slow

release ones they’re concentrated

synthetic chemicals that are designed to

deliver specifically usually nitrogen

phosphorus and potassium to your plants

these are the three main nutrients

that are used for plant growth and and

so because they’re synthetic they

they’re usually a high dose like a

strong medicine right they’re a high

dose of vitamins I guess for your grass

and they should put out this this rapid

bursts of or this rapid dose of

nutrients and so what it does is it puts

your plant into an unnatural growth

phase but what it also does is it causes

a dependency on it because it’s it’s now

used to this like burst of I guess a

better analogy is like sugar right so

you you give this big dose of sugar and

then it’s hyped up on sugar but

inevitably the sugar runs out and then

it crashes right so the same thing

happens with plants and specifically

here with your lawn on synthetic

fertilizers as well as it gives in this

this burst and so you get that big lush

green growth that everybody loves right

and so there is a there is a noticeable

effect of it but what it does to is it

causes a dependency on this synthetic

fertilizer that you have to keep using

and and it in itself requires work to

continually put this stuff on okay so

next piece is reducing irrigation so as

we build the health of our grass plants

with their better roots they’re more

resilient to drought you can reduce your

irrigation on your lawn as well and of

course some places especially arid

regions if you have a lawn there’s

almost no way to completely avoid having

to irrigate somewhat but all in all if

you’re increasing the health of your

grass plants you can reduce the amount

of irrigation need to do here in Ohio we

get 42 inches of rain a year yes we do

go through what we call droughts here

there’s nothing like droughts in

Southern California or Nevada but they

are periods of dry and during those

times it does put these these lawns

through a lot of stress but I must say

that I do not irrigate our lawn after

initial establishment and so there are

areas where you can even through periods

drought you can have a healthy lawn okay

the the last piece I want to say is is

while I’m recommending we reduce our

synthetic fertilizer use increasing

natural feedings can help boost the

health of your lawn and specifically

through boosting the health of your soil

underneath your lawn a lot of our lawns

are built on pretty poor soils and so

adding some natural fertilizers or

natural feedings you can really boost

the health so here I’m talking about my

favorite of course is compost if you

haven’t heard about it already check out

some previous episodes but but compost

can go a long way to helping boost the

health of your lawn and there are a lot

of other so-called organic options so

I’m not talking about necessarily USDA

Organic here but but natural naturally

derived options that can really be used

as amendments to help boost the health

of your lawn and those can do a lot to

just overall increase the resilience and

health of your grass plants the last

piece I want to talk about as far as how

we can change our mowing habits is

changes in design so this is if we’re

coming up on a project if we’re just so

tired of maintaining our lawn first of

all I totally get you there if you’re if

you’re ready to get to this step there’s

more work involved with the upfront

piece but it can really go a long way

into how you have to treat your lawn

so some design changes here I’m just

gonna go over kind of top level stuff

first and this is gonna sound obviously

obvious reduce your lawn right so you

don’t need so much long if you look at

the typical landscape I’m looking at a

landscape right now and about 50% of it

is lawn and it’s not ever used and but

it’s still mowed they have the they have

to mow it almost every week or sometimes

a couple times a week so could you put

something else in that space to get rid

of the lawn could it be like a meadow

planting could it be a guard

could it be a tree garden lots of

different options of what you can do

with your space

that’s not lawn so a lot of times the

default is to put in a lawn where you’re

not thinking about other stuff but the

reality is that that while it’s maybe a

little bit lower cost upfront the costs

of time and investment to mow that is

very significant and that’s the part

we’re trying to get rid of here so so

think about how you can reduce the

amount of lawn you have so the next

piece it goes in tandem with this is to

replace your lawn with some

low-maintenance garden designs of course

it would be horrible if you replace your

lawn with some sort of high-maintenance

garden and so make sure you reference

previous episodes to figure out how do

you put in a low-maintenance landscape

right and that’s what we’ve been talking

about here on this show from episode to

episode is what are the significant and

most important pieces of designing a

low-maintenance landscape and so replace

your lawn with something that doesn’t

need tons of work so on the flip side of

what I’m looking at right now out my

front window of my recording studio is

while half of it is lawn the other half

of it is this beautiful Prairie meadow

planting so it’s full of native grasses

and perennial flowers and it’s host to a

ton of birds and pollinating insects and

it’s just kind of buzzing with life the

wind blows through it is beautiful and

so while 50% of the landscape I’m

looking at right now is is mone lawn the

other 50% is this very low maintenance

space that is only really needs

maintenance once a year that’s it it

gets one cutting each year and that’s it

so can you design your landscape it

doesn’t have to necessarily be a prairie

meadow but can you put something into

your landscape that doesn’t require tons

of work and is really gonna pay off in

the long term so the next piece is where

you do have lawn

consider replacing your grass with

low-maintenance options

so there are a lot of alternate

so-called alternative lawns that are

quickly becoming more and more popular

especially in low traffic areas but you

can also find low maintenance grasses so

part of our lawn is what’s called a no

mow lawn and I only have to mow this

area about two to three times a season

and it looks beautiful

it’s kind of this longer very thin grass

that grows into like a shaggy carpet

kind of appearance and let me tell you

is the most wonderful lawn to walk

barefoot on because it’s just this this

is the softest grass you’ve ever felt

and so the no mow lawn that we have is a

type of seed mix that comes from the

Prairie nursery in Wisconsin and so they

have a branded no mow lawn seed mix it’s

a brand of or a blend of several

different types of finer bladed fescues

and it’s can we go grown both in full

Sun and it has some full shade or heavy

shade varieties as well mixed in there

so it the seed mix has quite a bit of

adaptability to various lawn styles and

so it’s definitely worth checking out

now the one caveat to this mix is that

it’s primarily for cooler climates so

this is the northern half of the United

States for example that this is best

adapted to there are also low

maintenance lawn mixes that are

available for the warmer climate areas

as well some of the new up-and-coming

varieties include buffalo grass I think

is one of them and I I think another one

of the varieties is blue grama grass and

so for wherever you live there are

varieties of these lawns that are

considered much lower maintenance and

and much more resilient and adaptable to

your space so consider replacing your

typical lawn seed with something that

requires a lot less work

and the last piece I want to say here

too is I really recommend you check out

the organic lawn care manual by Paul

Tookie he’s put together a great

resource on taking care of lawns whether

it’s a high maintenance lawn or low mean

and salon but doing it in a way that’s

safe and healthy for your family so I

strongly recommend you check out this

book and like I said he’s got tons of

low maintenance options in there as well

as well as a lot of ways to deal with

pests and disease issues for your lawn

that may pop up as well so check it out

and likewise if there’s any more

specific help you’re interested in for

your landscape whether it’s about your

lawn or designing a low-maintenance lawn

or lower maintenance lawn or just your

landscape in general how to save time

and effort on it still have a beautiful

landscape I offer consultation so you

can check out my consultation services

available at aesthetic ecosystems comm

slash consulting and at the time of this

recording I’m still offering

consultation this is not something that

will be available long term in this way

so if this is something you want to take

advantage of i’m recommend you check it

out now so again you can check out

aesthetic ecosystems calm slash

consulting and of course i’ll have a

link in the show notes to to the consult

consultation page as well as to the

resources i mentioned so some of the

previous episodes the 27 hours resource

guide that you can access as well as

paul two keys a link to paul two keys

organic lawn care man you so with that

guys if you want to ask you a question

on the show head on over to aesthetic

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can submit a question to be featured on

the show in the future

as always thanks for tuning in and make

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