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Tour Easy + BOB YAK Trailer = Cargo Hauling

Friends of ours planted a few dozen Liriope spicata as a border around their nicely trimmed flower garden. This did not work out well, as the stuff spreads like a weed and duplicated beyond their wildest imagination. However, this part of the description caught our attention:

No serious diseases or pests occur for creeping lilyturf. […]¬†Lilyturf is reported to have little wildlife value.

Translation: nothing kills the stuff¬†and deer don’t eat it. Sounds like exactly what we need for the section of the front yard that slopes down to the road, where mowing poses a threat to life & limb.

We said we’d take it, they dug it out and bagged it, I hitched up the bike trailer, and we paid them a visit:

YAK Bike Trailer - 55 lb of grass

YAK Bike Trailer – 55 lb of grass

They’re a few miles off the south end of the Dutchess Rail Trail, which is (by definition) pretty much dead flat and made the trip a lot easier: that load of grass added up to 55 pounds! They dropped off a few bags on their next trip past our house, which tells you how much they wanted to get rid of it.

I wielded the post-hole digger to prepare about 100 sites, shook the dirt off the existing grass roots to backfill the holes, we divided the new clumps by chopping them with a shovel, and a day later we had everything installed and watered down:

Liriope spicata planting

Liriope spicata planting

I’m liking it already…

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  1. #1 by Erik on 2012-09-29 - 20:07

    Uhhh… want some kudzu? ‘Cause it’s disease proof, inedible, and laughs at any herbicide you throw at it. Just sayin’.

    No problem – lilyturf isn’t that bad. I have some, and it’s slowly spreading, but I keep hoping it will eventually choke out the wisteria. Yeah, I know – I’m deluding myself. :-)

    • #2 by Ed on 2012-09-30 - 20:24

      want some kudzu?

      Doesn’t grow this far north… yet, anyway. Otherwise, it’d be on that patch like static cling!

      Friend of mine down NC way says he wants to start a rumor that kudzu has aphrodisiac properties; that’s the only way to make any headway against it…

  2. #3 by Frans on 2012-10-06 - 16:22

    The strangest things can grow like wildfire. When I was young my parents planted some lupin seeds and they came up nicely. The next year they’d increased their numbers tenfold. The year following that they were in the entire garden. Strangely they seem to have died out since; perhaps they couldn’t stand a particularly harsh winter or something.