Frogfruit lawn for Foliage Follow-up – September 2013
My Texas frogfruit “lawn” is demonstrating our long hot summer. In areas where it gets a tiny bit of shade it is lush and lovely, and in full sun areas, it is crispy. Perhaps if I cared for it better…watered it more…planted it differently, it would have been more successful as a lawn for us. Bottom line, I am just not that into it, FOR THE DESIRED APPLICATION I had in mind. I’ll let you be the judge….In this area it gets a tiny bit of shade and is lush and quite thick. Mixed densely with horseherb it also looks wonderful.In areas that get baked, the frogfruit has held on with much neglect (I have not watered it :( ….and traffic, but it does not look good. I anticipate it will come back fuller this fall, but I have too many other weeds mixed in, and ultimately, I did not prep properly. If I could turn back time, I would have put compost and/or mulch around the plants, spread a pre-emergent like corn gluten on the entire planting area to suppress/prevent weeds from sprouting, and watered more. I have a decade old weed issue in this yard, and the other very important lesson I learned, is a weed lawn adjacent granite pathways, was not a good choice. DUH! ;) I think, although I HATE to say it, sod would have been a better choice, and is something I am currently thinking about as the hubby is still not budging on a green space to run around on. We are also considering putting the house on the market in the future, and a small grass area would be a good choice for that.
Frogfruit is an incredible plant, and I think this would have worked super well, had I done it right! But unfortunately, I am feeling overwhelmed, and over it. :(