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RE: RE: sod< leaves


Thanks- got to get me a shredder.  I may have to stick the the lawnmower for
now- but eventually need at least a leaf shredder ( think the chipper is out
of my league right now- that and I don't really have many sticks that ever
come down in my yard since I had the tree from hell removed).  P.S.  One of
the other reasons I am throwing away the sod I just ripped out recently is
because it was under that tree and it still has a ton of seeds in it.  By
turning over the sod, I would effectively be planting a couple hundered new
trees.  Those stupid seeds seem capable of germinating for a very long time-
I am still pulling them up and the tree has been gone for 7 months.  As I
pull the sod up, you can see the LAYERS of seeds- they clearly do not
decompose easily.

Theresa

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Kitty Morrissy
Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2002 7:33 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] RE: sod< leaves


theresa,
shredded leaves stay put.  they don't have all those contours that catch
the wind.  however, if wind is a problem, an initial wetting down wil
ensure shredded leaves stay put .
kitty


> [Original Message]
> From: Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 12/28/2002 10:08:33 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] RE: sod< leaves
>
> Gotcha-  I have done similar too.  Sometimes, though I need a bed
available
> faster ( like to plant a ton of bulbs in before winter really sets in).
By
> the way, how do you keep your leaves from blowing away?
>
> Theresa
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> Behalf Of Kitty Morrissy
> Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 9:38 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] RE: Theresa, found the perfect thing for you.....
>
>
> No, no.
> I outline a new bed, then shred leaves and pile them about a foot high on
> top of the grass.  Over the winter this kills the grass and the leaves
> decompose down to only a few inches over the dead grass.  In late spring I
> just turn everything over so that the leaf mold and dead grass get mixed
> into the soil providing humus, thus improving the clay soil.  This way I
> use the leaves, there's no sod to remove(meaning less back-braking labor),
> and the bed is greatly improved.
>
> Kitty
>
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com>
> >
> > Let me get this straight- you put sod into your shredder?  If this is
> > correct- what a great idea!
> >
> > Is yours gas powered?
> >
> > Theresa
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > Behalf Of Kitty Morrissy
> >
> > Most years I steal my neighbor's leaves and shred them for leaf
> > mold or to kill grass for a new bed. (no need to send sod to the dump)
> > Come spring I just turn it over adding humus to the new bed.
>
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