Let's see. You snip what you are replying to, and have already used 2 names.
Interesting. I was going to vote for idiot, but now I suppose you might be a
troll. Not a very interesting one. I hope your plumbing ruptures and fertilizes
your lawn as you wanted.
There is a guy named Jerry Baker who has formulas for all kinds of home make
garden remedies. As I recall he had a lawn food that involved ammonia and
dish detergent in a hose-end sprayer. I'm not endorsing him as the few
times I have seen him on TV he seemed like an idiot. However, since you
asked, you might take a look at his website. It looks like a pay site.
Well, if he's spraying AMMONIA and DISH DETERGENT as a lawn food, he doesn't
just look like an idiot, HE IS AN IDIOT.
That will hurt, possibly kill the plants, as well as other wildlife. Just what
the world needs, more bozos spraying toxic chemicals for the sheer fun of it.
By steering away from "commercial fertilizers", I assume you mean the
manufactured synthetic chemical kind normally favored for lawn care? Smart
move - perhaps the best thing you can do aside from removing the lawn
entirely. There are a number of option:
Get a mulching mower. Field studies conducted by the Center of Urban
Horticulture at the University of Washington have determined that the
regular use of a mulching lawn mower will reduce if not eliminate the need
for supplemental fertilizing, as well as keep your lawn healthy, reduce
thatch build up and supress weeds.
If you are prone to annual weeds, try corn gluten meal. This is an organic
product with the ability to prevent the complete germination of weed seeds.
Since it is a corn by-product, it also contains nitrogen (10-0-0), the most
critical of lawn nutrients.
Top dress your lawn twice yearly with screened compost or alfalfa meal.
Watering periodically with a seaweed supplement will provided an assortment
of needed trace elements. And there are scores of organic soil amendments
which can be used to supplement, depending on what you specific lawn
requires. When in doubt, do a soil test first.
Finally, there are dozens of web sites that address organic lawn care - no
synthetic fertilizers and no chemcial weed controls. Simply changing
fertilizing methods is not enough - you need to understand the correct
methods of irrigation and mowing as well. Just do a google search under
'organic lawn care' and do a bit of reading first. In proper combination,
these factors can release your lawn (and your checkbook)from chemical
pam - gardengal
On this point I was wondering when the humid weather arrives here in
the Northeast should one still leave the clippings on the lawn? The
clippings are rich in nitrogen, I believe, which may then in turn
promotes diseases such as brown patch.
Depends on whether the clippings have been mulched or not. Regular mower
clippings are too large and will simply mat and smother the lawn. Mulched
clippings are very finely chopped up - they will work their way down to the
soil level and decompose, providing necessary nutrients. Don't worry about
the amount of nitrogen - that's one of the big advantages of mulch mowing -
the nitrogen content of the mulched clippings is enough to encourage healthy
lawns but not so much as to encourage rampant growth, like chemical
fertilizers. It is the rampant, lush growth that promotes disease, not the
This may provide more detailed information:
pam - gardengal
For a couple of articles on just this type of thing, try Howard
Garrett's website. People either love him or hate him, but I have
several of his books and have found them very helpful. And lots of the
stuff in the books is on his website.
Why in hell do people fertilize grass? It's not like there's any use to it. It
doesn't even look nice. It's just another invasive weed crowding out native
plants. No reason to give it extra help indoing that.
On 5/9/04 9:32 AM, in article u email@example.com, "Gord"
This may sound a little weird...and it is. But...but...piss on your
lawn. Just let the cool winds blow...:) Try it you'll like it. Your grass
will love you. Your neighbours will wonder how/why your lawn is greener than
And of course there are many ways to do anything...my idea is to 'share
the wealth' with as much grass as can be reached...just wing it.
We can put it in the 'can' so that it goes out...somewhere...to pollute
lakes, streams etc. or we can look for alternate ways...
I'm a straight shooter but not as 'straight' as I used to be. My grass
doesn't care. My neighbours are green with envy...
Fort Langley, BC
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