I thought at least a few members of the group would get a kick out
of this. The three attached photos were taken after mowing the front
yard on Wednesday. I have a very natural lawn.
What you see (look carefully) are very old seedlings of Eastern Red
Cedar, Juniperus virginiana. Picture 00785 shows one, and the other
two pictures show two each. Whenever I mow the grass, the trees get
cut down, and they just keep growing back (just a couple of
inches). We've lived here since 1985 and I'm not sure if these trees
have been in the yard all that time or not. I'm sure they've been
there at least 10 years, possibly even 15, 20 or more. I really
don't know. But they sure are tenacious. They get cut but keep
coming back for more.
Of course I'm not one of those lawn fanatics. I mow the grass and do
nothing else to it. No fertilizing, no aerating, no de-thatching, no
use of weedkillers, no watering except for rainfall, etc.
The plant species include many species of grass, at least two
species of hawkweed, thistle, narrow-leaf plantain, broad-leaf
plantain, white clover, some kind of cinquefoil, dwarf dandelion (Krigia
virginica), regular dandelion, sweet everlasting, multiflora rose,
common field daisy, evening primrose, at least one species of
fleabane, horseweed (another fleabane), various species of moss,
reindeer lichen, and a very rare orchid (I can't go into detail on
that). Near the edges there can be found a few species of boneset, a
couple species of goldenrod, etc. In some areas along the woods
there can be found Stiff-leaved Aster, yellow star grass, and hairy
blazing-star. And there's more. But you get the idea. I like a
natural lawn, and have no interest in a pure grass lawn. Lawns like
that are a waste of time, money and resources.