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The frogfruit report: well…maybe I will keep it…

Here are pictures of my native lawn consisting of Texas frogfruit  (Phyla nodiflora) and horseherb (Calyptocarpus vialis)  today, October 5th.  Temperatures are more reasonable here in South Texas and we have had some rain.   It is looking pretty good after a haircut and clean-up.   Hmmmmmmmmmmm … maybe I will keep it after all.  Maybe I was unrealistic wanting it to look good even in the hottest Texas months.  Maybe?!  Ha!  yes, bigtime I was. frogfruit lawn 1 frogfruit lawn 3 frogfruit lawn 2I am pretty happy with the way it is looking today.  I still have the issue of essentially a weed lawn adjacent granite patios and walkways….but for now….I like it.

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14 Comments

  1. Maybe you could weed small sections at a time, and fill with more of the Phyla that must be growing quite fast for you now, once you have the ground covered their should be less weeds, even in summer.

    • That’s a great idea, I will give it a go. Thanks Christina! :) -xericstyle

  2. It’s looking good, we had an especially hot and dry late August. Most of my neighbor’s lawns are burned out too.

    Try a “Hula hoe” for those weeds in the granite. Makes quick work of it and the kids might even think it’s fun.

    • A “Hula hoe”, eh? With a name like that, how could it not be fun?!?! ha! I have never heard of that…gonna google now! Thanks Shirley! -xericstyle

  3. Looks pretty good from here. It covered very well in the few months since it was planted.

    • Thanks Michael! I need to start just calling it a weed lawn, or a frogfruit and horseherb lawn though – it is NOT all frogfruit….not even close. It was my intention…but I did not execute well. -xericstyle

  4. It looks good! My lawn always looks awful during the dog-days of late summer too.

    • Thank you Kris! I hear ya….I was being unrealistic. -xericstyle

  5. Told you so! I need to look up if your Frogfruit is a cool or warm season plant, but I bet it is cool season (explains some thinness in warmer weather)…and I wonder if it might or should be top+dressed slightly with soil, after more weeding is done?

    • You usually do, mentor, you usually do. :) HMMMMmmmmmmmm let me know what you come up with. I will research that too! Thanks D! -xericstyle

  6. A little rain works wonders, doesn’t it? I’m glad you’re feeling good about it again. It looks quite nice in these pics — evenly green and close-cropped.

    • TOTALLY! I am feeling okay about it….still so many weeds ‘n seeds close to my granite. Applied pre-emergent….we will see how this plays out…. – xericstyle

  7. I think it looks great! Looks like it filled in nicely.
    I was thinking of trying to organize a SAGB (San Antonio Garden Bloggers) meet-up. Would you be interested? I was thinking we could meet at Shades of Green this month. I thought it might be nice if we meet once a quarter at a different nursery. SAGB unite!

    • Hell yeeeees! Count me in Steph! Good idea…can’t wait! -xericstyle

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