Due to all these lawnophobic tendencies I'm slowly engaging in getting rid of my lawn, either turning it into garden space, fruit tree orchard, or annual/perennial shrubs and flowers. I have to do this slowly so as not to alarm the locals (any more than they're already alarmed by my very odd ways). A few dozen square feet every couple of months (during the warm planting months that is) get reclaimed from boring green crew cut grass into something more interesting.
So when Alycia wanted to plant some flowers in the corner of the yard I was enthusiastic to help. OK, maybe not super enthusiastic since the project would involve me doing all the heavy lifting. shoveling, moving dirt, etc. while she got to plant pretty flowers. It's an acceptable bargain, I know my role in life and that's to move heavy things and provide the manual labor. I actually stalled her for a bit by convincing her that we couldn't dig the ground around the power pole because the power pole might fall down. I convinced her that the poles are actually not very well supported (why else do they always fall down in windy weather or tornadoes???) and we'd be flirting with disaster if we dug around it. This only worked for a few minutes, but was a fun exercise in messing with Alycia.
The area in question is right on the corner, outside the sidewalks, against the street and has the electric power pole right in the middle of it. It's never a good looking space, and in order to even make it decent looking, you need to weed whack all the tall grass down, and even then I still think it looks unsightly. Here's what it looks like on a good day.
It looks so much better like this, and it's that much less lawn for me to mow every time.
It looks a lot better huh? It'll look even better in a few weeks once the marigolds really get to blooming. I really enjoy projects like this, taking one small space at a time and changing it, rather than being immobilized at the overwhelming task of the big picture. I can't get rid of all my lawn at once, and the task of transforming large swaths of grass is a lot easier to envision if you carve it up into small chunks.
Do you have any lawnophobic tendencies? What would your ideal yard/landscape look like? Would it have lots of lawn?