Tired of throwing money @ my chem lawn
I Want to transition to a Organic lawn.
We have issues that I tried to show below in the link.
Our story is the usual cliche:
Builder put sod on compacted clay without properly prepping the soil.
Grass in it's second season is patchy & yellowy.
We spend about $700 last year to get lawn chemically fertilized, aerated, overseeded, even got them to tested last year & they said everything was fine.
We didn't get results.
Read from dchall's post & Organic Lawn FAQ about laying down alfalfa pellets about 3-4 times a year. & recently I believe - he said to dispense with the compost altogether & just fertilize.
This would magically amend the soil without compost, topsoil, tilling, digging, resodding = a lush green no chem lawn that will be healthy & require less care.
So I'm planning to get Logan Labs in OH to do a soil test of a mix sampling around my lawn.
I have about 16K sqft of land & ~10k sqft (~1/4 acre) of that is lawn area.
1) Trying to do the cost vs. benefits analysis - is this the right math for alfalfa application?
20lbs/1000 sq ft Alfafa pellets/meal spread rate.
50lbs bag = 2.5k sq ft *4 bags = 10K sq ft coverage for my yard
@$18/ bag locally * 4 = $72/application.
2) If I do 4 application a year, is that enough?
3) Or should I do 1 application per month? For how many months then? Is that overkill?
Here is a link that might be useful: Current lawn pics
This post was edited by pbx2 on Thu, Apr 24, 14 at 20:19