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I used to scoff at lawns… I thought that a real, lush, soft, bed of grass was only possible with lots of chemical fertilizer and far too much water. Despite my past prejudice I decided last fall to give this organic lawn idea a try. So we dug up a small patch near our house, flattened it out the best we could, added Soft Rock Phosphate, CalCM+ Gypsum and Peaceful Valley Compost and tilled it together. We spread Tough Turf Lawn Seed at the suggested distribution rate once in fall, then again in winter and then one more time in spring. The reason for some of the extra seed was that we had some run off that would carry the seed away. But I would say that even without the run-off issue I would have doubled the suggested distribution rate (I really wanted a lush lawn).
A lush lawn I got! See for yourself:
This lawn was planted in the fall of 07, this picture was taken in April of 08… no chemical fertilizers used, just a little compost tea every other month or so. I water with a Gardena Hydro Fan Sprinkler for 5 minutes a day. I have to admit it turned out better than I thought it would… especially in the first year… now if I could get out of that hammock long enough to mow it (maybe next year).
Apr 3rd, 2009 at 9:09 am
Oh I would love to be able grow roses again! We’ve been in a drought for 12 years and can’t spare even a drop of water for such a thing as a garden.
Carol Peterson Says:
May 25th, 2013 at 7:06 pm
During drought conditions, you can save your bath / shower water in the tub, then fill your watering cans for the plants! Much better than watching it go down the drain.
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
May 31st, 2013 at 3:06 pm
Dona and Carol, If you’d like more info about using gray water in the garden, here is a site run by the Univ. of Massachusetts http://extension.umass.edu/landscape/fact-sheets/recycling-gray-water-home-gardens