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December 2, 2009

Ground covers will transform bare dirt into lawn and flowers

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I'm building a house and all around the building site the ground is muddy and scarred. So just before the rains I drove into town and bought rye grass, something called sod buster, and some wildflower seed. It took a couple of hours to spread the seed. I could have used this Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder with 6 Seed Plates, but time was precious and I had to get the seed broadcast before the rain.

I used 50 lbs of rye seed(local feed store) and 25 lbs of sod buster mix(Peaceful Valley farms #SCM620). The sod buster will be good on the flat where heavy machinery has compressed the soil into hardpan. The wildflower seeds were pricey(again Peaceful Valley #SWF620) but I think they will be worth it. I planted them right around the house where mud and puddles make walking unpleasant. In the spring there will be flowers of all kinds making the landscape lovely. Transforming thisIMG_1074.JPGhopefully into something like thisswf620.jpg

Right now, after the rain, we have the small beginnings of the transformation.IMG_1069.JPG

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at December 2, 2009 11:46 AM
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