There is a lot of advice on the internet about getting rid of dandelions and clover from a lawn: chemical herbicides, manual digging, organic weed remedies. I live in Denver, Colorado, USDA zone 5. I'm curious about the end-state of my strategy:
- The lawn is mature and has a mix of grasses, but mostly it's kentucky blue grass.
- I don't use any herbicides on the lawn.
- I don't try to manually remove the dandelions or clover by digging them out.
- I mow the lawn once a week at about 3 inches, the tallest setting on my mower, and mulch the cut grass back onto the lawn (I don't bag it).
- I aerate the soil and top-dress with a well-screened compost once a year.
- I water using a Rachio, which I love.
I've been managing this way for about 2 years now and am curious what the end state will be?
Aside from getting the periodic side-glance from neighbors who prefer a world without dandelions, what will happen? Will the lawn remain a mix of grasses, clover and dandelions or will one weed become more dominant? Are there any weeds that are so bad that if they appear I should work hard to remove them?