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Finding peace with bermuda grass

Seems like I spend half my time in the garden cursing vile bermuda grass, but some people figure out how to live with it. For instance, this small wildflower meadow bordering the Moore-Hancock Farmstead in Austin has a bunch of native annuals and perennials and a few exotics looking quite happy among the bermuda.

The Moore-Hancock Farmstead is itself a pretty interesting place. In other parts of the world it wouldn't be unusual, but in Austin it's remarkable to walk down a street of postwar tract houses and find an 1849 farmhouse.

Hmm -- I see that the Judge John Hancock who gave his name to the homestead (and later to nearby Hancock Drive) used it to house slaves, who also happened to be his kin. After Emancipation one of his slaves and half-nephews, Rubin Hancock, founded another historic farmstead in Austin.

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Comments

That's good advice: cease vain striving against the inevitable. I'm always giving it to other people and not following it myself! I envy you your patch of green: my sundeck, to be constructed by the landlord after I signed this lease, was cancelled. Iggy, however, can leap from the window sill to smell things and roll in the dirt. There's some kind of vintage sewing machine in the back yard, too.

Colin [iggy ARROBA hairyeyeball PUNTO net] • 2002.06.15
It's now January, and this same small meadow has been mowed close to the ground, with the exception of some of the woody perennials which are trimmed back to about 4" tall. Things are already starting to show new green growth and I have no doubt that by June it will look like the above photos again.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle ARROBA io PUNTO com] • 2003.01.06
Grass is. I don't mow mine until someone harasses me. I have grown to love the huge variety of plants that have sprung up on my lawn. Too bad I bought an electric mower before I decided to let it be.

Bill Van Eimeren [upekshaman ARROBA hotmail PUNTO com] • 2003.01.12
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