Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Project: lawn repair

After reducing much of the lawn on the property, we finally set about repairing what was left. The ground was hard and void of organic material. First, we had it aerated, and then added calcium to condition the soil for better water absorption. And then spread compost and a sun seed mix. It took about 14 days of diligent watering, adding more compost as needed and patching seed. This is the first mow, which was done at 2 1/2" with no bag, so the clippings are returned to the lawn as a natural fertilizer.