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Grass squares into the compost pile?

Posted by prairiemoon2 zone 6a/MA (My Page) on
Sun, May 4, 14 at 9:16

We just dug up a small area of grass and I was about to put it in the compost pile and remembered that my grass has clover and violets, dandelions and probably a number of other weeds. I use a passive compost pile so it doesn't get hot. I also thought of turning it upside down in the pathways of my vegetable garden, but I don't want to take a chance something could live and creep into my beds.

But I have about a 3ft x 3ft pile of them and what would I do if I don't compost them? I just read the thread on Bermuda Grass in the Compost pile and while I understand that my grass is not going to be as bad as that, I thought I'd ask. The suggestion on that thread, was to pile it up on a solid surface in the sun for a couple of weeks to kill it and then use it in the pathways.

Any other thoughts?

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RE: Grass squares into the compost pile?

I tend to shake off all the soil I can and then spread grass out with roots exposed to light and wind, usually on the wire fencing that surrounds my compost pile. When the plants are nice and crispy, then I add them to the compost.

It is so moist here that I have found with the soil left clinging to the roots they start resprouting, even when left upside down on a hard surface. I guess you could leave it in a pile and then cover that with black plastic to keep it from getting remoistened or getting sun. It would be ugly for a bit, but you'd get some good composting going.

RE: Grass squares into the compost pile?

If you have a 3'x3' pile of them you could just leave them to decompose. Cover if you like.

Our pile of grass squares eventually became really nice soil.

RE: Grass squares into the compost pile?

Oh good, I'm glad I can eventually use them. Good ideas, thanks a lot! What's another ugly pile for awhile. [g]

RE: Grass squares into the compost pile?

The Nearings made most of their compost that way in Vermont. In Maine they used seaweed.

RE: Grass squares into the compost pile?

The mentors of Eliot Coleman, right? I've seen a couple of videos with Eliot and the Mrs Nearing in it, but it's been awhile since I read Eliot Coleman's books. I used to watch the program Gardening Naturally with Eliot and his wife, but that hasn't been on in a long time. Thanks for that info.

RE: Grass squares into the compost pile?

Yes, and the mentors of many others.

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