1) goatheads and tumble weeds are replaced with desert grass from the vacant lot, and whatever comes up.
2) OOPS, whatever comes up is pretty at first, but later has long black stickers—eliminate that new weed we didn't have at the old house.
3) Some of vacant lot grass isn't soft late in season. Pull those out when you learn to recognize them.
4) Some weeds grow pretty flowers and no stickers. Encourage those. Move some of their root-infested dirt to where the other weeds were growing.
This progresses at different rates in different parts of the yard. I also have mint from my friend Jeff's old yard, and onions from my sister's. Those all spread on their own. Vinca is here; it spreads itself too. In some places, those have replaced the native non-stickery flowery things.
I haven't documented all these things, but eventually I expect to. Some are on my 100 Species Blog, but not the middle species, just the evil level 1 and some of the gifty intentional kinds of plants people will actually buy. The names are in the URLS:
And in the corners and sunny spots, morningglories:
In gradual little increments here and there, we now have a nice yard around a house we moved into almost exactly eleven years ago. The yard was dead and full of rocks and nails. Some trees were dead and others were dying.
Last night Keith had a friend over, who is a water conservation something-or-other, and had spent the day doing water conservation workshops for science teachers. Keith took him to show him our hot tub, and he asked about chemicals. No, Keith said, no chemicals. We drain it every week or so, all 500 gallons, and that's why that part of the yard is so green. True. I could've said more, but I wasn't there.
This post burned my muffins. I got interested in finding photos and forgot all about the plan to go back up to the kitchen as soon as I finished eating my eggs and toast. Darn.