1.) Do all the grasses you buy for your lawn have GMOs or is there another option? I'm a little confused by this..
2.) When I find out the ph level in the soil, what do I do in order (aerate, ph balancer, seed, cornmeal...?) in the beginning of summer --or should I just wait till fall and pick weeds? sooo far away!
3.) I know clover is good for my lawn buuut, I've left it their for a while and I was wondering the best way to dig it up so that I can plant grass?
4.) Can you just aerate put down seed and soil with out pulling the weeds? (and still come out with good grass)
5.) I live in Delaware ohio if you could just tell me what brand of seed to buy that would be great. Thankyou!
Back when I thought that I wanted my front yard to be a grass lawn I didn't have money for all the seeding, spraying herbicides and so forth. I just did what Roy said and the yard always looked great but with a lot less money and effort than everyone else was putting into it.
You're unlikely to get much "just do X and your grass will look great" type help: permies generally have a pretty...relaxed...attitude to 'weeds'.
You'll find lots and lots of really useful info though.
I pull out grass and encourage clover, so be prepared!
The only reason we have this idea of a monoculture lawn now is because the advent of broadleaf herbicides made it impossible to grow a clover/grass mix if you applied the herbicides. The clover would die, leaving the grass. Before then, a clover/grass mix lawn was all the rage. Just something to think about.
So my goal, have a nice lawn, respect and love my neighbors, but change it organically that they would see "beautiful" and "manageable" doesn't have to be sprayed.
One question: I live in Delaware Ohio whatever zone that is. What brand and type of grass should I get for reseeding because their are some pretty bare spots when I dig up weeds? (There was a link on Wheaton's article but it did not work.)
Now many years later her home and ‘lawn’ have been the subject of many TV documentaries, magazine and newspaper articles, and regular stop for tourist and garden tours.
Even in winter her corner lot is fantasy world of wildflower seed heads wearing poofy snowcaps. I visited my mother a couple of years ago at Christmas and jogged past Pat’s house every morning. I always had to stop at her house and just enjoy all of the different textures and patterns in the snow.
It’s hard to be a Pat Hill. But I admire her tenacity and her book has done very well – good on her! Here is a link to her blog: http://naturalmidwestgarden.com/about
Abby Williams wrote:One question: I live in Delaware Ohio whatever zone that is. What brand and type of grass should I get for reseeding because their are some pretty bare spots when I dig up weeds? (There was a link on Wheaton's article but it did not work.)
Go visit the Ohio University extension website(or call your county agent..this is what they get paid to do). They should have a detailed list of what grasses do well(along with veggies and other plants) for your area including cultural practices(there should be something for the organic people). When picking out a grass, make sure you find out at what height the grass should be cut(most people do NOT cut their grass at the right height and that leads to all sorts of problems, especially weeds). While you're at it, print out the important information so you can throw it in your neighbors' faces when they try to tell you how to grow grass.
Also do a search on reasons not to use biocides, there are many reasons(caring for the earth, spraying chemicals just leads to spraying more chemicals since nature isn't allowed to take care of real issues, chemical resistant organisms leading to having to spray more dangerous chemicals, saving money by not having to spray anything, people do get sick from some of these biocides, and I can't think of any biocide that is safe, etc.).
To be more pragmatic, spraying chemicals is a waste of money, this includes fertilizer.