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Old 02-29-2016, 02:07 PM
 
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Wife is cancer survivor, so for the last 5 years I used ZERO chemicals on our lawns. And I had about 24 000 sf to mow.
Simply mulch and use Weed Hog for rooted weeds.
10% vinegar solution will kill any vegetation. So will propane torch. So will steam.
Moss is number two ground cover, btw.
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:28 PM
 
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The best way to go "Organic" on a lawn is to get rid of grass. I think planting wild flowers is the best though I am a little scared to so on the whole lawn. They don't require that much care and need less watering than grass. Otherwise, the minimum chemical for grass that I found is needed in Northern NJ is the Crab Grass preventer. I usually buy Scotts. Otherwise, the lawn is just filled with Crabgrass. I hate using it since the chemicals leach into groundwater and worsen water quality...
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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The best way to go "Organic" on a lawn is to get rid of grass. I think planting wild flowers is the best though I am a little scared to so on the whole lawn. They don't require that much care and need less watering than grass. Otherwise, the minimum chemical for grass that I found is needed in Northern NJ is the Crab Grass preventer. I usually buy Scotts. Otherwise, the lawn is just filled with Crabgrass. I hate using it since the chemicals leach into groundwater and worsen water quality...
that's a lot of work. i used to follow a few blogs where the people were trying (desperately) to turn a grass lawn into one filled with low creeping plants. some plant varieties did rather well, others took a long time to fill in, and some didn't like the soil or area and died. after three years, not one of them had an intact lawn.

it's far easier to take care of the lawn you have.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I just mulch my fall leaves into the lawn.
And I mow religiously.

3 years later it's looking so much better, greener and fuller.

Maybe I'm just lucky but I've never used any bag of anything on my lawns.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:18 AM
 
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I go organic on my lawn occasionally, usually after drinking a few beers (which dilutes the urine) - urea is a natural fertilizer.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:37 AM
 
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I go organic on my lawn occasionally, usually after drinking a few beers (which dilutes the urine) - urea is a natural fertilizer.

LOL And how many misdemeanors do you now have for doing this in public?
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Old 03-02-2016, 01:35 PM
 
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I keep a lawn because I need a clear area to keep my garden and fruit trees in full sun. If I didn't do that, I'd probably just have a tall stand of pines and hickories with tons of bulbs growing out of the pine needles underneath. I guess we got so caught up in the original question that we forgot to even ask, why do you want to have a lawn?
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:02 AM
 
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that's a lot of work. i used to follow a few blogs where the people were trying (desperately) to turn a grass lawn into one filled with low creeping plants. some plant varieties did rather well, others took a long time to fill in, and some didn't like the soil or area and died. after three years, not one of them had an intact lawn.

it's far easier to take care of the lawn you have.

Here in Northern NJ the wild flowers do really well. The ones that are sold in Home Depot as seeds for like $7. Initially, you have to till the soil and put a bit of compost but then they seem to thrive without too much care. They require a lot less watering then grass, they bloom in pretty but modest flowers. The reason I don't gradually turn my front lawn into a meadow is that I am a bit worried about stupid town ordinances. One of them says that the grass needs to be mowed on the front lawn. I am not sure if they would look at the wild flowers and think that they need mowing or something retarded like that.
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Old 03-05-2016, 05:07 AM
 
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Here in Northern NJ the wild flowers do really well. The ones that are sold in Home Depot as seeds for like $7. Initially, you have to till the soil and put a bit of compost but then they seem to thrive without too much care. They require a lot less watering then grass, they bloom in pretty but modest flowers. The reason I don't gradually turn my front lawn into a meadow is that I am a bit worried about stupid town ordinances. One of them says that the grass needs to be mowed on the front lawn. I am not sure if they would look at the wild flowers and think that they need mowing or something retarded like that.
you'd definitely hear about it. still, the weed thing... it takes plants 3+ years to fill in. there'd be a lot of spaces at first.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:12 PM
 
Location: the Great Lakes states
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My grandparents spent several afternoons in the summer pulling weeds from the lawn and garden. No chemicals were ever used. If the plant would come up, they would dig it up, and if it wouldn't come out, they'd do their best to chop it.

We had a pretty nice looking lawn and a healthy garden for many years because they were willing to put in the time and effort.

This was in the 1970s and early '80s, before the time that the word "organic" was in use.
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