Posts Tagged ‘lawn’

espresso lawn

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Last October, I planted the lawn. Once it grew in, I sprayed it with fish goo and molasses. Now that spring is here, it’s time to  baby the grass again, especially since didn’t get much time to thrive before the cold arrived at the end of last season. My latest experiment…

coffee grounds for the lawn




















Coffee grounds.

coffee grounds on the lawn




















I pick up 5 lb. bags of used coffee grounds — sometimes still warm — from Seven Stars, my local coffee shop. Starbucks also has had a Grounds for Your Garden program since 1995. In season, check your local store for free grounds. (I wanted to try the coffee ground trick last fall but coffee shops were done putting them out for the season.) Check often, because gardeners snap them up quickly.

My neighbors may think I’m crazy when they see me sprinkling java on my lawn, but who cares? It turns out that coffee grounds provide slow-release nutrients to your lawn that green it up, encourage beneficial microbes and attract worms which loosen compacted soil (good for the roots). Bonus: coffee also deters slugs and snails. If you’re skeptical, you can read the research here and find out how to do it here. Poke around online and you can find scads of articles on the subject.

I’ll be scattering some soil and compost over the patchy spots in the grass as well, and then over-seeding. Will let you know how it all turns out. If you drive by and smell espresso, now you know why.

fish goo and molasses

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

What do you suppose that smells like, fish goo and molasses? It doesn’t smell great, I can assure you of that. However, your lawn and your soil love it. So today, I opened up this container (*engage gag reflex*)…

fish goo container




















Initially I was going to mix up my own compost tea to give the baby lawn a much-needed end-of-season feeding. Don’t worry, URI horticulturists tell me it’s okay to feed the lawn until around Thanksgiving. (Do you think I do anything without researching it to death first?)

But in the interest of getting it done at the last minute, I hunted down this Aggrand Natural Based Fertilizer. Already made. Cost just $8.95 for a 32 oz bottle (covers 5000 sq ft). 100% natural! Between the koi pond and the kid, I’m not about to add chemicals.


fish goo in a cup












The best news: the recipe is almost exactly what I’d use to make my own compost tea. So what’s in it? Hydrolized fish solubles (menhaden salt water fish, to be exact), kelp, bloodmeal, sulfate of potash — oh, and molasses to help create a literal microbe orgy in your soil. Apparently this will lead to better soil structure, which leads to deeper, denser roots and healthier grass.

There’s nothing much to it. Measure it out. Add water. Spray…

fish goo in the sprayer




















And then, good gawd, smell the stank. It’s the stank of green.


Handy bookmarks:

– Harvard’s landscaping is now organic, yours can be, too. Build your own tea brewer to feed your lawn at home.

– And create your own compost tea for your lawn or trees.

– Need a visual? How about a video.

Yes, I’ve posted these before. These links still rock.


can’t avoid it any longer

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

The leaves are suddenly departing the trees…

leaves are finally fallish












That’s a net over the koi pond to keep out the fallen. Now where is that grass I planted? I swear it was here just a moment ago.

two weeks later

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Misty, foggy days are ideal for baby grass…

grass at two weeks, closeup




















Starting to look like a lawn! Click to biggify…

grass starting to look like a lawn

















160 hours later

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

My friends, we have achieved grass. One week from planting.

baby grass

136 hours later

Friday, October 7th, 2011


no grass yet

69 hours later

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Nearly constant showers since the day the seed was put down. Prime temperature range. Anybody want to wager on when we’ll see green?

69 hours later

42 hrs later

Monday, October 3rd, 2011


grass watch: day 1

ocd grass planting

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Let’s review: Last spring, we planted a lawn. This spring, the lawn got torn up to make way for the  new patio and koi pond. And now, I’m planting a lawn.

The last of the steel edging is finally in where I drew the boundaries between the future lawn and beds, and the composted topsoil is all raked out. Perty…

steel edging border the lawn












I seeded the lawn yet again, using the same grass seed mix as before…

seed bag












sunny mix












shade mix












As you can see, the seed is from last year. Hope it’s still viable. Fingers crossed. Did I add lime? No. Fertilizer? No. I want neither washing down into the pond.

Because we’re on a slope and lost seed in the past each time it rained, I wasn’t taking any chances this time. Burlap to the rescue! It looks like I’ve got a Martha Stewart complex and went and quilted the whole backyard…

burlap view from house












Half of it I rolled and stapled down in a mad rush during yesterday’s rainstorm. The burlap is biodegradable — so I could leave it down and let the grass grow right over it. Or, from what I read, I could decide to pull it up when the grass is at least 1/2″ tall. We shall see.

This project is Bambino approved.

burlap with cat



how long ’til grass?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

waiting. waiting. waiting. waiting. waiting. waiting. waiting. waiting. waiting. waiting. waiting. waiting. who wants to wait with me… anybody?

DAY 7…

grass | day 7

DAY 14…

grass | day 14

DAY 21…

grass | day 21

Getting there. Come on, grass!!