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SeanOChuinn
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:51 pm    Post subject: First Lawn Cut Question Reply with quote

Hello all,

We are just moved into a new house build and sowed our lawns about a month ago. Luckily we managed to do so towards the end of the super hot weather and rain came just in time to allow the grass to come through to about 90% coverage so we've been very happy with the results. The few spots that didn't grow we're currently raking and resowing so hopefully will eventually come through too.

I guess we're all familiar with grass and how it grows, but I was quite surprised when after the first cut that the new grass almost turned into a spongy mulch which became quite heavy and filled the lawn mower box very quickly. Despite not having had rain for a number of days and being dry to touch and to walk on this mulch was very, very wet and I was able to squeeze the water out of it.

Would this be normal for new grass and is just a retention of moisture in the fresh growth? I know the last few weeks have been ideal for growth and despite buying a "slow grow" seed the new lawn is absolutely flying up (we're never happy are we Embarassed ) and it appears that we could cut it twice weekly with upwards of 2 inches growth, is this again just fresh new grass that is currently seeing ideal growth conditions, is thriving and we'll see it level out after a while?

As I said, we've been very lucky and are delighted with the new lawns so I guess these are just new lawn beginner questions!!

Thanks all.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

God and St. Francis Discussing Lawns
GOD: St. Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there in the Ireland? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honeybees and flocks of songbirds.

I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers weeds and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass? But it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and earth worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it, sometimes twice a week.

GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?

ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

ST. FRANCIS: No, sir -- just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

ST. FRANCIS: Yes, sir.

GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the shrubs and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.

ST. FRANCIS: You'd better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

ST. CATHERINE: Dumb and Dumber, Lord. It's a real stupid movie about ...

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great advice 😁😂
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earlier this year I filled in a big hollow in the front lawn and sowed one of those multipurpose patch repair boxes of grass. Even with the drought it has done extremely well and puts the rest of the lawn to shame. It grows twice as fast as the rest of the grass. So, yes, it seems it is normal - make the most of it! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that reply Tagwex, I literally laughed out loud after reading . Luckily we're staying on St. Francis, gods and Mother Natures good sides by sowing the remaining portion of the site with wildflowers and letting nature take her course!!!!

But for this little rectangle here, we're going for boring, solid green!!! Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But it is sooo true when you read it through, makes you wonder why people bother doesn't it?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah agree 100% with what you wrote, we're also trying to take as much care (if necessary) of the wild flower side to keeps docks and the like down, but its also nice to have the tamer lawn side too!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you might have posted that story before, Tagwex. Itís still very good - and similar ones could be written about so much of our modern, consumption-driven life. Ever think about the big, expensive, climate-changing lumps of steel and plastic that people leave outside their front doors?
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