duane wrote:if your looking for me in my neighborhood, all you need to say is "I'm looking for the guy who doesn't mow his grass"
most of my grass has been converted to forest garden beds with grass paths in between
What is the purpose? What do the coffee grounds do for the soil?
Brian Gallimore wrote:
I live in north central Texas. Most everyone here has either Burmuada or St Augustine grass in their yards. The local radio talk show guys point out that tests show at least the Burmuada grasses do best when mowed shorter. (I think 1-1/2" is optimal most of the year)
Paul's article makes no mention of regional differences. Does it need a disclaimer or an amendment to warn readers that some of his suggestions would be different if you live in a different climate or have different grass? Most of the people I recommend this information to would not consider this obvious.
I started organic lawn care a year ago after visiting this site. I had new bermuda lawn in Atlanta. I first put down 2 lb of N (starter chemical fert) per 1000 sf to let the bermuda grow to 3+ inches within 3 weeks, and mowed at 3 1/4 inches for the rest of the growing season. My lawn had been dense like a thick carpet for the whole year. I almost have never watered it and applied very little organic fertilizer afterward. This year I used only organic fertilizer (milorganite and soybean meal). I have put down about 4 lb of organic N per 1000 sf within 2 months, and my bermuda is now very dense at 3 1/4 inches like last year, only greener (due to the soybean meal, I like the color better than with milorganite). It looks like it's going to stay that way with no watering and little additional fertilization for the rest of the year just as they did last year. My neighbors keep on commenting how good it looks.
Brian Gallimore wrote:
Thanks for that info! I posted a link to Paul's article on our organic radio guy's forum, and a moderator has responded with some criticisms of the article. I don't know enough about the subject to argue either way. The thread is at http://www.dirtdoctor.com/newforum/root/just-starting-organic-lawn-yard-care-any-suggestions-t12608.html
o shevts wrote:Thanks for your advise, Raven. Do you know how to get rid of the strawberry plants on the lawn? They are overtaking it.