Asked January 21, 2022, 4:17 PM EST
Dear U of M Extension,
I have volunteered to serve as "Director of Grounds Maintenance" for the HOA board for the townhome development where I live. Here is a Street View of the location: https://goo.gl/maps/rgdKm5sKM4cdu4mt8
We have two interrelated lawn care needs and I am curious if it might be feasible to use one to solve the other. At the center of our property is a grass courtyard with a mature hackberry tree in the middle. The grass here has become patchy and lumpy. Meanwhile, as you can see in the Street View link, our sidewalks are bordered by narrow strips of grass that are an inconvenience to mow, but don't really serve any functional purpose. We are interested in removing the grass from these narrow strips and converting it to pollinator friendly clover and/or wildflowers. Here is my question for you: might it be feasible to dig up the grass from the boulevards and narrow strips at the back of the sidewalks in such a way as to allow us to transplant it to our courtyard area? If so, what advice would you have to allow the result in the courtyard to end up reasonably even and level and survive the transplanting process?
Hennepin County Minnesota