I'm pretty sure I have a grub worm problem. I'm going to dig up some yard later today to make sure. Assuming that I have an infestation, all the reading I've done to date suggests that trying to get rid of them now is pointless. That the damage is already done, hibernation is setting in, and I should wait for the fall when they start laying eggs again to get rid of them. I'm hoping to confirm this is the case but if not, I would like to know the best way to get rid of them.
All I've ever heard that grass called is "nutgrass" (because it will drive you nuts). I don't know the real name for it. And yes, I do not care for it because it looks completely out of place and sprouts up taller than the rest of my grass the day after I mow.
The only way I know to get rid of it in my existing lawn is to pull them out bunch by bunch, at least that is what I've been told because trying to kill it will just kill all the grass. However, since I have a large body of it where i don't care what dies, it might be nice to just rid myself of it if I can, in that area.
I'll admit to not having done a ton of my own research on this topic so forgive me if there is a "duh, read this article" readily available.
The back part of my backyard is all landscaping that the previous owners had started. There is so much, we can't keep it up. So we want to take the middle section and turn it into yard, leaving the 2 corners landscaped with the trees and flowers, etc.
The middle section is all weeds right now because we just let it grow up and transplanted / removed all the good stuff. And we just keep it mowed. This fall, I'd really like to seed that section with matching grass but first, I need it de-weeded. What is the best way to go about that and is it something I can get started on now?
Also, before someone brings it up, I realize weeds aren't all bad. And single grass lawns aren't always a good thing (technically ours is 2 kinds of grass). But we live in a neighborhood with pretty strict lawn rules. So I'm forced into this a bit.
Hycel's a fun guy to be around. He's always full of life and good energy.
I just attempted a different approach than he did to composting. I didn't shoot any video but my wife took some post completion photos which I'll post here eventually. I couldn't find a compost bin that was under $100 where I live so I bought a 32gl plastic trash can, cut the bottom out, drilled some holes, and buried it halfway into the ground. We'll see if it does the job.
paul wheaton wrote: While I would be of the "leave it" camp (lazy pays), or, yes, take it out and plant something I want far more .... I do think that if a person really wanted to straighten it, it is possible, but has other problems.
You could put a deep stake in the ground and attach three cables to align it upright. By fall, let it go. It would be straighter - but it would actually have a curve at the base.
Thanks Paul. We've decided to let it be. It actually gives the yard some character. And it's pretty enough, as long as it doesn't completely tip over, it looks really nice this time of year. We have room for one more small/medium sized tree and we're trying to decide on the type. I think we want something fruit bearing like an Apple tree. We just need to determine if our yard will support it and if not, what we need to do to get it moving in that direction. Lots going on in the backyard right now.
Hank wrote: Kansas? Where even the buildings lean downwind? And I think you are right, the tree was blown over shortly after planting and never pushed back upright. Myself, I'd do some corrective trimming and take away the post and wire. If the tree continues to fall slowly over, or if you just cant stand the leaning tree look; well, that's an opportunity to harvest some nice plum firewood and go looking for another tree. After all, it's easier to dig a small hole for a new tree then dig around the one you've got now!
Oh, and yes, if you plant a new tree, stake it untill it puts down roots. Ummm, I'm thinking fresh apple pie with apples from your own apple tree!
Thanks Hank. I live in Wichita, KS. The wind here is crazy which is why I figured I should stake it. Otherwise, I fear the wind would just blow it over again. My guess is it wasn't staked when planted and the wind had a lot to do with it's leaning.
I guess I was concerned more with aesthetics than property lines. I figured I would have to trim to keep it from going over the fence but wasn't sure how much. Glad to know it won't get too big.
Knowing now where I live and the wind situation (it's not uncommon to have 40+ MPH gusts), you still think it would stand without staking? Although, I may do as you said, and just let it be. What if it begins to lean even more? Should I go ahead and remove the stake that is bracing it now?
I have a leaning tree that I'd like to fix. I've read lots of different advice on the internet, most are for large trees. This one is not so big. The previous home owners tied it to a metal rod. I'm not sure this is going to work. I'm thinking it would be better if I dug around the base about 2 feet and about 2 feet deep and straightened it, then use 3 stakes tied to the tree until the root re-establish.
Thanks for the tips. I had to order my worms online because no one here in town is going to have any until March (I live in KS). We have a basement and I am going to keep the bins down by the washer and dryer. It stays a fairly constant temp all year round.
My real concern right now is that the worms will crawl out of the drainage holes in the bottom of the bin and run all over the basement floor. Does this not happen?
I can't find that discussion again, so here I'll say thanks to the person that linked it in the first place. So last night I went and got all my supplies except for the worms. I had to do some research on where to buy some in my home town. I found a place and later today I'll be getting some nice juicy redworms.
So I'm all set on my very first attempt at a worm bin. We live in a duplex that we rent and can't do anything with the yard so this is a perfect solution for us, I believe. Wish me luck.
paul wheaton wrote: How do you live in an apartment and get a 6x6 patch? Wacky!
Well, does it get lots of sun?
What's there now?
Grass is there now. Each building has 6 apartments. 2 on each floor. We are on the first floor and our back patio has an area between the patio and the steps leading up into the building. It gets a lot of morning sun but gets shaded quickly, by noon time.
paul wheaton wrote: Gregg, what does your gardening space look like?
Very small, like a 6 foot x 6 foot area. I realize my possibilities are quite limited but I figure it can't hurt to start small and then in a couple of years when/if we buy a home I'll be at least that much more prepared to take it to the next level.
I'm not really much of a gardener, I live in an apartment but have a bit of space to plant some things. I've only recently began looking into permaculture. Will your book help me or should I maybe start with a "greener" book?