Hay or grasses for mulch ?
Posted March 08, 2011 - 08:58 AM
Posted March 08, 2011 - 10:53 AM
It will fix nitrogen in the soil and grow about 6-8 " high and need little maintainece. Though could be mowed for mulch and green material for compost. However it tends to spread and may not be what you want in your yard. I would not mind myself if it took over the lawn cause I love the smell of fresh mowed Clover.
Posted March 08, 2011 - 11:03 AM
Posted March 08, 2011 - 11:35 AM
Posted March 08, 2011 - 11:45 AM
Straw is a by-product of growing Oats, Wheat and Rye. After the seed has been harvested, Normally farmers go back through the field and bale up the stocks or stems left over. Straw is used mainly for bedding of animals and plants. It has no nutritional value to an animal. Clover, alfalfa, and other legumes do provide a lot of nutrition and thats why they are baled into hay and fed to cattle.
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Posted March 08, 2011 - 12:44 PM
You might wnt to do some research on what grows best in your area.
It would be easy to plant a grass that grows taller than the white clover I am going to use and less expensive.
White clover seed is $4.00 a pound locally and I need 3-6 lbs per acre.
My wife wanted nothing growing over 8" high, and that set my limit and influenced my choice.
A common Pasture Grass blend from the local farmstore would do what you want.
The one I found at our farmstore had a lot of annual Rye Grass/Long Fescue in the blend and it grows 11-14" high and was just over $1.00 per pound. That was in a 40 lb bag, if you needed just a few pounds you might pay more per pound.
The annual Rye dies out late in the summer and the other grasses take over (annual rye does not come back and would have to be seeded every year if one wanted that). But makes a good cover crop to get a stand going.
Perrenial Rye will keep coming back each spring. I have had perennial Rye in the past but mowed it every week. I don't want that much mowing this year.
As far as seeding method, for the size patch your talking you won't need much equipment.
Do you have a broadcast spreader to seed and fertilize your lawn? I do have one and will be using it.
My brother has told me I could use his over the sholder broadcaster.
Broadcast seeding will take a little more seed than a drill/drop seeder.
I also have a little hand carry Scott broadcaster that cost about $8 that could be used for a patch the size your talking. In fact before I got the tow behind broadcaster working I used that to spread ice melt on my driveway.
Heck I helped my dad seed a couple acres one time where we just spread the seed by hand like you see in pictures of the pioneers . Just grab a handful of seed and sling it and let the wind spread it.
So you can make this as simple as you want or have equipment to do.
Edited by JD DANNELS, March 08, 2011 - 01:04 PM.
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Posted March 08, 2011 - 04:41 PM
Something else I was thinking about is our county highway dept., has mulch at their location fom the trees they clean up along the roads. They give away to the county resedents. All we have to do is show that we live in the county. Just a thought, you might look into.
Posted March 08, 2011 - 07:45 PM
Posted March 09, 2011 - 01:39 PM
You might want to check locally and see what is reccomended for your growing area.
I have run a lawncare business as a part time business. Helped my dad in his custom mowing and grading business growing up.
and lived on an acreage for 20 yrs manageng my garden and pasture but what I know about Grasses would fill several Libraries. since I have been looking for options for my use I have been surfing the web a lot recently.
Posted March 09, 2011 - 07:33 PM
Posted March 09, 2011 - 08:03 PM
What kind of spring we have would make a big difference. The place I had the Rye on had a 12 ft Artesion Well that over flowed year round.
I did not mow along the waterway that drained the overflow and it would be about 3 ft deep in June.
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Posted March 12, 2011 - 07:24 AM
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Posted March 18, 2011 - 08:25 PM
Posted March 19, 2011 - 10:12 AM