duane hennon wrote:
I'm totally confused about the whole concept. Why would anyone want to "care for a lawn"
I thought permaculture was all about eradicating lawn
I"m with you .. last year i went to a no mo lawn. Mostly buffalo grass I'm trying to "re generate"..
I confess .. I got some thing to kill the bermuda last year to put on it.. and it worked .. good. I"m sure i'll find some.. but .. on tothe current problem
We have cheet grass - oh. .google helped me spell cheatgrass .. its awful.. so in the "permie" way. what would you recommend.?
Cherrie Ward wrote:I just read your online piece about organic lawn care for the cheap and lazy (that's me!). What is the role of thatching and aerating (removing plugs)? Also, I have a growing circle of white clover...it's nearly July...do I just let it be and then focus on some organic fertilizer in the fall and spring? Anything that will help reduce it now? I know, I know...you've been suggesting people ADD these to their lawn, but *ducks for cover*, I rather just like the look of lawn, lawn, and the bees in the clover are an issue for going barefoot (I have plenty of other places for bees).
Ben McDaniel wrote:
The folks in those other threads must not be cheap and lazy -- I just want to know the easiest way to have more grass and fewer weeds. Does the "mow high" guideline apply the same to Bermuda grass?
paul wheaton wrote:You will want to focus on cool season grasses.
I saw something like what you are looking for in an Ortho book on lawns. If you skip over all the stuff about hosing everything down with chemicals, it's a damn good book!
John C Robinson wrote:I have a Ryobi battery operated mower.
I have been mowing at the highest setting, but the grass gets matted down and often looks like a deer has been bedding on it, or something. Also, I have to cross-cut at least twice to try to hit the grass from all angles. It does not "stand-up" well to be cut. I cut the grass about every 4 days at this time of year. It's necessary to cut at least that often to keep within the 1/3 rule.
The issue shouldn't be lack of water. The grass received 1" of water about 3 days ago. The grass is a mixture of KBG, fescue, rye, and white clover. The crab grass hasn't shown up yet.
I have read about tall fescue. I'd rather deal with what is here than start over with something else. I have gypsumed and limed. The pH was 5.1, so the liming is going to be a year long process, at least.
I haven't put a ruler to the wheels of the mower, but I assume it's about 3 1/2 to 4". Is it possible that the battery operated mower doenst have the suction to stand the grass up for cutting? Am I just keeping it too long?
Tobias Ber wrote:hey ashley,
welcome to the forums. i can t help you with the lawn-question but there s another thread concerning gardening and weeds which might have some inspiration for you.
here s the link: http://www.permies.com/t/53431/missoula/Toby-Hemenway-Bombproof-Sheetmulch#438294
for the neglected areas: have you considered growin plants that you would like to have? so that they ll shade out much/most of the weeds...
have a nice weekend!
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