There has been a centipede grass lawn here for nearly 50 years. Yearly I plant more island beds and borders in the style of those present. We will continue to tend the shrinking centipede lawns and paths as we have done for decades; never fertilizing, never spraying for insects or weeds, reshaping as necesary. Centipede grass goes dormant during droughts and after frost. Some years I overseed in fall with annual ryegrass for winter green color. The ryegrass is not fertilized, so it needs no mowing before hot sun takes it out in March as the centipede sprouts again.
Oval Lawn in the Upper Garden
Close up of a new island bed below, where a live oak stump covered in Confederate jasmine(above background) was removed this year.
Broader view of the stump bed island going in.
Spring view of the tree line separating the Upper Garden and Front Garden with new island bed in foreground.
This post was inspired by the Lawn Reform blog contest on Blue Planet Garden.