Aren't you simply reinventing roto-tilling here? I have done a variant on what you suggest, "Sheet Composting" or "Lasagne Beds" and it has worked well for me. I tilled as deep as I could to start, brought in truckloads of organic material, composted it on the spot, tilled a second time and planted. The grass likes it fine.
Kerri Oberhauser wrote:
Neem will kill lawn grubs, and its natural and nontoxic to birds and other critters. Apply in late April, and early October when those nasty grubs are in a larval stage. Neem oil coats their skin, and they smother. Yuck!
No Paul dig a hole and put the device in it, it's kind of qa diamond shaped box with a top that you put your dog's presents in and then when it gets to a certain point you add water and an enzyme and it turn it into xompost. I live in the high desert and put in a seeded yard about 2 years ago, before that it was all sand, the problem I am having I think is that there is no longer enough good topsoil and I am losing my yard. That why I was asking if you can reccomend some that dosn't have those small wood chips in it. The first year I put it in it was a beautiful yard. The only thing around here that is naturally lush is the valley around the Rio Grande. Can I go to any bait shop to find worms and what kind do I need just regular earthworms? Thank you
paul wheaton wrote:
Does the device dig the hole?
Small bits of wood - usually not a big help in lawns. Usually commercial composts and soils with this sort of thing have some nitrogen so you get a quick greenup but then the wood chips suck all the remaining nitrogen out of the soil. Then your lawn (or other growies) become sad and pathetic.
The best thing for your lawn is to mow high and leave the clippings. Add some organic fertilizer once in a while. Your dog might eat that - but if you mow high, your dog probably won't be able to eat enough to make a difference.
Worms: I'm thinking of good ole earthworms. It seems weird to think of a place where there aren't any. Does it freeze there in the winter?
Yeah, they are against cement as well as next to the metal lawn edging. They are not all right up against the edge. Most are surounded by grass. I tried the vineger on a patch last year and it killed them and some of the grass but they came back after a few weeks. I tried corn gluten last year but it didn't work. Could this mean I have bad PH on the edges of my lawn? The ingrediants of Richlawn are: 10-5-5 + iron, dehydrated organic poultry waste. Another of their products is: 8-2-1, dehydrated organic poultry waste, feather meal and blood meal. www.richlawn.com