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One of the blessings of home ownership, in Georgia, is trying to grow a lawn that was never meant to be there in the first place.
Someone decided a few choice varieties of grass would be "grass" and all other varieties of grass and other plants would be "weeds". The homeowner, therefore, is responsible to make one particular kind of grass grow, and no other, or her neighbors will be mad at her. If you don't fight the "weeds" with deadly chemicals, they will downright kill your "grass" and then you'll have to re-sod. Speaking from experience. We haven't yet tried the deadly chemicals, but we're tempted. What we have used is natural pre-emergent and hand-weeding. Even in our small yard, that takes a lot of time and feels like a losing battle on the shaded side of the house, where the bermuda isn't as hardy as the weeds. That's where we had to re-sod last year.
It would take me a whole other post to explain why we won't just re-landscape our yard into native shade-tolerant and xerophilic plants. Suffice it to say I'd rather either live in the country where I can just let the land grow naturally, or live in the city where I can enjoy public parks and community gardens without having to fight mother nature for a "lawn."
That is, unless we land in a part of the world that likes to grow grass...