I will be exiling the chooks from the center of our yard, and growing a lawn where they once ruled.
I was thinking about everything from chufa to alfalfa, but I'm probably a poor judge of what qualifies as "lawn".
My wife is down with clover, dandelions and violets and simply wants something pretty,low maintenance and walkable.
Since I dominate the rest of the yard, I really want to give her what she wants.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
J davis nailed it. And, bonus, I first encountered this mix in northern kentucky. I love how my folks in louisville have lawns that are nothing but clover, violet, dandelions and plantain. It's awesome and makes a great lawn
If they grow where you are - I'm from the UK - I'd recomend daisies (bellis perennis), self-heal, wild yarrow, clovers, black medic and buttercup. My lawn has those with a bunch of other things, but those are the ones I'd recommend!
This is a great topic. As already mentioned, it is amazing how clover, dandelion, and plantain are sort of a natural vegetation for lawn-like areas. I encourage them and get them for free.
A plant community could also include grasses. I have had good results from low-height fescues, which are deep rooted, tolerate moderate shade and tree roots, keep an armor coating on the ground year round (even when dormant), and are vigorous but not aggressive, so as to fill in nicely between the other plants. These are cool season grasses and become active fairly early in the spring when rains are heavy to aid in water management.
In general grasses grow well with clovers and take advantage of the nitrogen, and fescues don't require any additional inputs due to the deep root system.
Ideally the plant community would have both warm and cool season varieties of broadleaf and grass. For warm a season grass, I been considering adding buffalo grass to the mix.