Cheap and Lazy". I have been interested in feeding my
lawn with organic products when I came across your
site. Is this the Ringer product you are referring to?
It seems your method would suit me. I live on a 1.5
acre lot (3rd summer-new home-new grass) in what used
to be a farm field. It is rural and open. Any other
tips and suggestions?
Green Bay, WI
1.5 acres is a lot. Are you sure you want it to be all lawn?
How about some fruit trees? There are varieties of apples that will stay on the tree all winter until you pick them. So whenever you want some apples, just go on out and pick a dozen or so and bring them into the house!
Rather than feeding your grass nitrogen (the primary food that the grass finds in that fertilizer), you might want to plant (or encourage) legumes like clover. The clover will feed nitrogen to the grass. And most clovers don't mind being mowed.
Clover is an interesting idea. We experimented with wild flowers a couple summers ago but that didn't turn out so well. Is there any specific type of clover to look into?
I've considered moss, clover, tyme, comfrey, and strawberries. Actually, i haven't thought of this untill now, but a mix of all four of those would work well... but as you can probably understand certain ones are not very practical. However, while most clovers stay low enough to be considered for turf, both comfrey and tyme come in a variety that tolerate quite a bit of traffic and some mowing as well. These seem to be the most promising options.
10,000 sq/ft isn't too big (in my opinion) to mow with a manual mower.... if it's square, hell, it's only 100ft x 100ft. For the young and spritley (myself) that would only take 2 hrs with one of those manual mowers, assuming the blades are sharp. That's another thing about those mowers: If the blades aren't sharp, you don't cut well at all. The difference is that you are actually making a cut instead of taking a whack at it with something sharp and knocking it over. Maybe i'm being a little ambitious about the time.
Paul has a good idea. Maybe backyard agroforestry might be something you should look into.
If you grew some n-fixing shrubs, they would outcompete the grass.
If you want there to be just rocks, a fun one is to use a flame weeder. A hurky big propane torch. Of course, you would need to come back to hit it over and over.
Usually, if I want grass or some other green thing to go away, I pick something green that I want more. Then I find a way for it to outcompete the other green thing.
Or, you could lay down lots and lots of lime. I wonder what the pH is of lime - so if your soil was 90% lime, what would be the pH?
I'd also think that an overdose of nitrogen, similar to what paul had just mentioned, would "burn" out the grass. Again, as soon as the soil levels normalize it'll just come back.
We have 2 dogs, one male, one female, and do not have trouble with brown spots from either. neither do my parents, who have 2 females. I think it is often a matter ;of what one is feeding the dog - if brown spots are a big problem, try changing the feed.
I just moved into a new house, with a new soil/lawn coming in about a month. Sod in the front and seeds in the back. I haven't found out what type of grass yet, but I will.
I wanted to ask, does anyone have any pictures of the types of grass mentioned in the lawn section here? Or any other type of grass. I have about 5000sqft of lawn and am looking for some healthy thick lucious green grass to grow/maintain. Something that's great to play on or sit in.
Thanks for any suggestions.
We have all 4 seasons here. This past winter was mild overall, with proboly a week worth of under 10degreesF.
Here's a link to average temperatures to a nearby city:
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone = 5a
Annual RainFall = 33.9"
January Avg Temp = 18.7F
July Avg Temp = 71.2F
( I was user Guest in my previous post ).
I have just layed a new lawn because I had so many ants nest forming mounts under the turf that it was impossible to cut properly.
DE could be a help here. Whenever you see a colony forming, dump a scoop or two on them.
Another thing I read somewhere was to plant chives.
There are lots and lots of things to try, but I would try the DE first.
i went greener a couple years ago...no chems, although i think i still water too much...i'm going to take the advice and cut higher and try your watering methods
i've found the best way to deal with dandelions is the manual method, but one has to be vigilant...i use a 3-foot long tool that doesn't necessitate bending over, but you can use a screwdriver on your hands and knees...most landscaping shops also sell forked specialty tools for this purpose...the key is to get the whole root out, but getting your neighbours to do the same probably is as important...after a 2- or 3-hour day in the spring, i find i can keep weeds under control with 5-10 minutes a day, but you have to stick to the routine...this works for me with a 100 by 150 foot lot
once you just accept the clover, you find it is as green as grass and just as soft...i wouldn't mind an all-clover lawn, to tell you the truth
"Jerry" wrote:Help. How do I get rid of weeds (esp. Solomon's Seal) that grows between, up and through Bar Harbour Junipers closely planted on a slop in the front of my home. It's almost impossible to handweed, and I fear chemicals damaging the numerous junipers?
I would like to know, too. Our slope is very steep, and on a main street?
Thanks to anyone answering Jerry. I will get the message, too.
When dog poop is not removed, it ends up in our watershed as a polutant. In fact, according to the EPA...Dog waste has been identified as major non-point source (NPS) polutant.
Contrary to what your advice is...it's better to remove/dispose of it from our environment. Need more info? Go to www.thelawndog.com
in an effort to bring the Lawndog to market as a legitimate product, I spent hundreds of hours researching this subject, and (like it or not) know the real scoop.
dew worms: It would seem that I am terribly ignorant. Again, no experience. Anybody else?
dog poop: I would agree that I would prefer to have less dog poop - or none. But I would have to disagree with the point on fertilization: how else might one explain the grass growing taller, greener and thicker around dog poop? I could see dog poop becoming a pollutant - especially on dirt as opposed to soil.
First lawn cut: If the grass will mat or clump, you want to remove it. Otherwise, it is far better to leave it.
I would like a suggestion of what kind of grass to plant around the 2 red maple trees that put out alot of shade when they are full of leaves.
Lastly as a dog owner I respect other people not wanting a present in the yard- but how many dogs use that sign like a fire hydrant? Seems self defeating to me. Just my 2 cents.