I had my doubts…I really, really did. A good seed mix was crafted, with the planting and irrigation design, for establishment and during drought.
I expected more variety, not just some rye. Sure it was hot, it was the 2nd seeding application, but there is irrigation. Then came July – harsh, worse than the summer of 2011.
On the 225 mile drive back to my former home that afternoon, then the unforgettable summer in many ways, always that last view in my mind. A year passed, and I was afraid to see this again on our meeting, given the first summer.
This isn’t my first landscape design in the high desert, nor one using native seeding. I wonder why I was so deterred the first season?
I asked the developer and the golf course superintendent when they saw the change to the diversity of the mix, including if the contractor reseeded it again? No reseeding done; both agreed the change was in mid-summer (i.e. mild, wet July), then in early fall (i.e. Sept rain). When I added, “it sounds like lighter, spotty rains are more like 50% head-to-head irrigation cover, which couldn’t keep up with young seeding needs. Those heavier, consistent rains tell me 100% head-to-head irrigation coverage is still needed, even though not a lawn.” John the developer nodded in the affirmative.
All parties played a role, not to mention the weather and time.
Do you ever think what grows with us? In spite of us?