We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yup. Back in the days when we still had a lawn (had to move into town when my parents needed more medical attention closer to home than a house in the country can provide) we started mulching.
Lawn (an acre of it) turned into a thick mat of moss and compacted mulch.
In the end we had to spend a fortune taking it all out and putting a new lawn back in. Changed to a bagging mower and the problem went away (natural fertiliser from animals living in the area and falling leaf litter etc. was enough).
The grasses we use as our lawns are designed/bred to be grazed. If the entire yield gets dumped on the lawn without being digested in a grazer's gut first, it never properly decomposes.
A lawn mower and compost heap can take the place of that grazer, but reapplying everything to the lawn is way too much unless maybe you live on extremely poor soil.
I cut about 3.5 acres. Early spring and last cutting of fall, I use a sweeper and make a pile of the cuttings. The next spring I use the cuttings as mulch in a 30 x 40 garden. When the garden is done, the plants are pulled and added to the pile for next year. Before I plant a clover cover crop for winter, I disk all the old clippings in to add organic matter to the garden.
Moral of the story - Don't get rid of anything free that can add value to your property.
I compost the clippings along with the fall leaves and spring cleanup debris. I then give the compost to my neighbor who is a gardener. I am not a gardener. I couldn't grow weeds so I have my lawn professionally prepared in Spring, mid-Summer and Fall. All I have to do is cut it once a week.
And in another twenty days, I'm not even going to have to do that. :>) WHOO HOO!!!
I was at the feed store in Mountain Home, Idaho, and was third in line at the check-out. The person being served was having a lengthy conversation with the sales clerk. After that customer had departed, the customer in front of me--who raised cattle--asked, "What did he want?"
It took five hours to mow my parents' lawn. No way was I - nor my father preceding me- going to waste time collecting the grass clippings. Rake the leaves off the lawn once or twice in the fall for a compost heap.
Do not let your lawn get to long, cut and let the cuttings lay. Taking them away is like putting your fertilizer in the garbage. Let it form a nice healthy thatch and eventually turn to loam all buy itself just by being there.
I'm sorta partial to Patrick Mcmanus' theory of trading the mower in for a tiller. Once in the spring, once in the fall. Go Fishin'. Not enough to turn it black, just enough to beat it back.
I just can't understand why my wife doesn't agree on either point!
Use Roundup, it gets rid of that grassy stuff so that you can grow potatos, cabbage, and carrots. Part of the Tranformational presidency... you might want to trade that lawnmower in for a rototiller or a good set of serious garden tools. or perhaps a medium caliber rifle for game... what did you ancestors do a hundered years ago?
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