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Old 03-19-2008, 12:28 AM
 
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Has anyone ever had much experience with organic lawn care- fertilizer and weed control?

I had an organic company come last season and spray four times and during the spring I sprayed dandelions with vinegar (which kind of worked). I'm kicking around the idea of doing it myself this year, as I found a place that sells corn gluten fairly cheap.

The company didn't do a bad job by any means. I realize that treating it organically will take a few years before it's really in shape. I still may end up going with them again this year.

Anyone here have any advice/pointers for someone thinking about going organic on their own? The fertilizer part shouldn't be hard, just getting something that does a good job on the weeds will be the tricky part. I've only lived here for one season and I had a TON of dandelions in the spring and a decent amount of clover/ground ivy. I aerated the lawn in the fall, I'm planning aerating it again and overseeding it next fall in order to thicken it up, I know that's the best way to keep weeds out.
I have an organic lawn for about 3 years now. I live in Georgia so different all together. I have learned through my own research that the healthier the lawn the less weeds you will have. So I pull my weeds, which is a never ending battle I use corn gluten and I use various fertilizers. I like Worm Poop for my flowers and Arbico Organics is where I get my other supplies. Home Depot is carrying more organic supplies so sometimes you can get things there too. For me it is a big science experiment see what works. I have clay soil and bermuda grass so I have to use food for my lawn
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:59 PM
 
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I haven't had an organic lawn, but we're experimenting with soil biology (http://www.edibleaustin.com/pages/archive/gospelofsoil.htm - broken link) on 10 of our 55 acres. So far, it's doing great - thickens it up and crowds out the weeds.

I understand some folks in Austin are using the same stuff on their lawns and are very happy with it.
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:31 PM
 
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I've heard that having diversity in the type of ground cover (different grasses, clover, etc) will ultimately make your lawn healthier.

re: lawn care, I've read reports about how harmful lawn chemicals and pesticides are not only to children but particularly dangerous and sometimes fatal for pets, because the chemicals get in through their paws.
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Log home in the Appalachians
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Has anyone ever had much experience with organic lawn care- fertilizer and weed control?

I had an organic company come last season and spray four times and during the spring I sprayed dandelions with vinegar (which kind of worked). I'm kicking around the idea of doing it myself this year, as I found a place that sells corn gluten fairly cheap.

The company didn't do a bad job by any means. I realize that treating it organically will take a few years before it's really in shape. I still may end up going with them again this year.

Anyone here have any advice/pointers for someone thinking about going organic on their own? The fertilizer part shouldn't be hard, just getting something that does a good job on the weeds will be the tricky part. I've only lived here for one season and I had a TON of dandelions in the spring and a decent amount of clover/ground ivy. I aerated the lawn in the fall, I'm planning aerating it again and overseeding it next fall in order to thicken it up, I know that's the best way to keep weeds out.
Keep with the overseeing that you're doing, the more you thicken the grass the less weeds you'll have, because the thicker the grass is the better, it will choke out the weeds, from the sound of things it's going to take about five or six years to get rid of all those dandelions if you keep up with what you're doing.
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