However, weeds also love this 'in between' weather. Despite my best efforts in spring and summer, they're back . . . and I really, really don't want to share my space with these greedy little mongrels:
three cornered jack
creeping spurge (caustic weed)
So I have been mulching, mulching, mulching, to smother them and make it easier to pull them out (preferably before they flower and spread their seed).
Another big bonus of my present mulching strategy is that I am also reducing my 'grassed area' (it is too neglected to be called 'lawn') and hopefully slowing down the flow of water when it rains.
In general I find grass pretty low maintenance so long as the area is not too large. It has also been my experience that grass is far cooler in summer from a microclimate perspective than, say, cement and paving. However too much grass can be too much of a good thing.
When I first moved here in 2000, almost the entire block was grassed and it took me a couple of hours (usually in the hot sun) to mow. Once I finish this bout of mulching, only about one quarter of the block will be grassed - some out the front and some out the back - far more manageable!
So, onward ho with the mulching and weeding!