I compost my grass to roll into my garden. I've been wondering though, am I
screwing myself by doing that? I say that because my back 40 has quite a
bit of dandilions in it, plus I also use the compost pile for any of the
weeds I pull out of the planters and landscape islands. I'm wondering if
those dandilions are getting put right back into the garden the next year
when I put the compost into the dirt.
Okay, I just wasn't sure about that, dandilions are pretty tough little
buggers and I just didn't want to turn my nice garden into a nice dandilion
salad garden. But no I don't hot compost, just use it to add in organics
and cover over the dirt to smother the weeds.
if you are simply putting the leaves in to your compost then no problem. If
seeds then only a very hot compost will knock them out. When they are first
in flower should be ok but when going to seed best mulch the grass back in
to the lawn. That way it won't spread.
I keep a special compost heap for really pernicious and or seedy
weeds, and use that compost in bean trenches. No weds are going to
germinate that deep down in the soil.
All other weeds, and lawn clippings, go in the other compost heaps. From
those, I just spread the compost as a thick top-layer mulch on the soil,
(worms take it down completely within a few months). Birds scratch
around looking for the worms, dislodging most weeds as they germinate.
Also, because the scratched over top mulch layer is loose and friable,
it's very easy to tweak out any weeds which escape the bird-scratching,
before they get established.
My thoughts on the subject of mulch
John A. Keslick, Jr.
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