Now I am a strong believer in lawn alternatives for your yard. Lawn is a really rediculous idea when it comes to the environment. It's a monoculture that requires lots of herbicides to keep it weed and moss free, tons of water to keep it green in the summer months, and it provides absolutely no benefits to our natural environment. One of my readings in grad school said that "the American lawn is an ecological disaster." When I read this, I thought YES!
But I digress. Logically, I shouldn't really care if my chickens destroy my lawn. The problem is, it's not my lawn. It my landlord's lawn, and I doubt she shares my viewpoints of it's presence being en ecological disaster. Since there is chance that we will be moving out of this house in the next year or so, repairing the backyard needs to start now.
This leads to the title of this post. No more complete control of the backyard for the ladies. Clever rigging of random fences has restricted them to a small portion of the backyard that includes their favorite foraging area, the compost pile. We've also let them have the garden area since that's pretty much finished.
|Naked kale to the left.|
Once sequestered, Shawn and I had a chance to survey the real damage. And there's a lot of it. Any and all areas that had a nice layer of moss are now completely bald, (I really like moss as an alternative to grass. Less water requirements, and it naturally suppresses weeds.) and the whole area under the fruit tress are pretty much cleared. Those bitches...
|Spot #1 of at least 4 areas to be restored.|
This whole lawn thing had really caused me some stress and sleepless nights. I know, it's silly, but our landlord is really opinionated about her lawn and likes to see a nice one. Hopefully this reseeding works and I'll be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
Moral of the story: Chickens are tiny bulldozers. They will destroy all.
P.S. Sorry for the lack of posts as of recently, I got a mini job that has kept me busy. But now that I'm getting into the swing of my new schedule, I should be back again.