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Green manure as lawn prep

Green manure as lawn prep
Posted by Inge Anderson from CO - 5 on 2001-04-09 17:16:24

We have a heavy clay soil here on the western slope of the Rocky Mts in Colorado.

We're thinking of growing green manure before we plant lawn seed in the fall.

Any suggestions for something that produces plenty of organic matter fast & also fixes some nitrogen.

We're thinking of possibly growing two crops & of mixing legumes with another green manure crop.
  • Green Manure
    Posted by Kevin from NC zone 8 on 2001-04-12 13:57:39


    I've grown both buckwheat and clover as covercrops for my zone 8 garden. Buckwheat is nice because it flowers, however, that also draws bees. Clover did good also, but if you plant it thick, it's difficult to till.
    Just remember, when turning them into your soil, make sure the whole plant is chopped up and leave it be for about 2 weeks to decompose entirely prior to spreading your lawn seed.

    Quoting Inge Anderson: ------------
    -We have a heavy clay soil here on the western slope of the Rocky Mts in Colorado.

    -We're thinking of growing green manure before we plant lawn seed in the fall.

    -Any suggestions for something that produces plenty of organic matter fast & also fixes some nitrogen.

    -We're thinking of possibly growing two crops & of mixing legumes with another green manure crop.
  • Green manure
    Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b-MI on 2001-04-12 08:34:45

    There are some vetches and clovers that would met your needs although my personal favorite is buckwheat since I can get 3 crops in during the growing season. The vetches and clovers take long enough that you can usually only get one crop and the buckwheat has the added advantage of being somewhat allelopathic (weed supressing) for a while after growing.
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