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On Sat, 18 Jun 2011 14:13:24 +0000 (UTC), Nad R

I'm missing something... if you use about 5 gallons a week to mow six acres why are you buying 500 gallons of diesel at a pop? I mow about ten acres with about 10 gallons but can't see how buying bulk would benefit me. I mow at most once a week and the growing season here is from about early June through early October, but there are weeks in the beginning and end when I don't need to mow or it's too wet to mow.... and most years there's a short drought lasting 3-4 weeks when the lawn doesn't grow enough to mow. So if I mow 15 times a year that's maximum... that's about 150 gallons of fuel. And during winter I use 5-8 gallons to plow my driveway. What are you doing with 500 gallons of diesel on just 6 acres?
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Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:

Ten acres of lawn and I though I was insane :)
I have over twenty five acres of land. Six is just for the lawn. I use a little more than half as much diesel as regular gas. The delivery truck carries both fuels in a divider tank. Saves on delivery cost just to top off the diesel for the winter and fill the near empty regular gas tank. Less water gets in the tank when full during winter. The John Deere is a small 4300. Comes in handy, five foot tiller, front loader, snow blower, plow and blade. I hope some day I can afford a mini hay bailer.
The regular gas is also used for my pickup truck. 500 gallons of regular gas is about 40 gallons a month. I use more gas for my lawn mower during the summer than I use for my truck. Also I hate sitting at a gas station filling up and carrying all those fuel containers. I just drive the lawn mower, pickup truck or tractor behind the pole barn and fill up. I only need a one gallon jug for the chain saw :)
It can come in handy when the apocalypse shows up. That power outage a few years ago that took out the entire mid west. Did not bother me. Plenty of gas for the generator. The lines at gas stations were also closed because they had no power for the pumps. Those gas stations that had power had long lines.
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Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:

I want the grass clippings. I want the vast amounts of compost. The first five years my lawn had large cracks in it and hard as a rock. I am not rich by any means, the land was cheap, one gets what they pay for. I can easily get three times what i paid for it today even in this down market. I built my home with the help of my brother the carpenter.
Over time and aerating the lawn, the yard is looking great, no cracks, softer soil and thick grass. I am now robbing Peter the lawn to pay Paul the garden area that is in bad shape. currently using raised beds. I think in about five years I can do away with raised beds. The soil is improving over time. Key item is "organic material" no chemicals that can kill off microbes or worms. When it rains on my lawn the birds have a feast :)
If one bags the grass early in the spring and late fall one can dramatically reduce the weeds in the yard. Mulching the grass will only help spread those early weeds like dandelions and other weeds. I hot compost them. I do not bag the grass during the summer, especially when the grass itself starts to seed.
My personal break is over and back to trimming :)
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On Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:06:51 +0000 (UTC), Nad R

I've been working on my little creek. I had it reshaped and lined with stone to stem erosion, and now the vegetation has retuned, looks better than before. I've been trying all sort of plants promoted as deer/rabbit resistant, some are and some ain't. I tried a couple of foxglove and so far so good.
I also planted a lilac bush by my utility pole, attempt to soften it:
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Poison:
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Toxic:
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Used to be hay, now keeps me busy mowing:
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