Bob, it is the knowledge of what is going on in a home
grown compost pile and that knowledge of how life in the
compose pile allows lawn lovers to keep life in the soil
underneath their lawn so as to improve the natural health
of the lawn I was speaking of.
traditionally speaking most home compost piles get moved
onto the garden in the fall and then cut into the soil.
sometimes some of the compost ends up in flower beds or
the lawn naturally produces the compose best suited for
its needs. they are called grass clippings. mulching
mowers do a one or two fold better job of returning these
clippings to the lawn than do side discharge mowers. the
concept itself works best when the lawn is cut on a frequent
and regular schedule meaning we are reducing the amount of
grass being removed by the mowing process. infrequent mowing
will generate more clippings than the lawn can handle and
produce the result of thatch build up which in and of itself
procreates a host of other devastating problems for the lawn.
people who are not willing to mow twice a week instead of once
a week will usually receive no great benefit from a mulching
as for attempting to apply traditional homemade compost to
a lawn? my vision of that process appears to be a costly
one as a result of the drying, grinding and more grinding
in order to obtain a dry granular product with consistencies
favorable for broadcast spreaders.
Well Bob, you take a shovel and sling it all over an area. Then, you take
a leaf rake and rake it in. Or, you could dump a pile in an area and use a
bow rake to rake it out, then turn it over, tines up, to work it in.
Yep. It doesn't take a lot of practice to spread it pretty evenly and
we are not talking "exactly even" here anyhow, just a generaly even
cover with no piles or obvious bare spots gets it.
A good scoopshovel or big flat shovel is the best tool.
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