I had spent several days digging out grass for a garden spot. Wanting to devote all my energies to that one task, I tossed the rocks and sod pieces to the side, intending to gather them up, pile the rocks, and burn the grass after it dried. What I did not consider, however, is the amount of soil retained by those fine, dense roots even after I’d knocked out as much of it as I could. Those thick clumps are hard enough to burn without clods of dirt the consistency of concrete clinging to them. Added to that, there was a lot more to pick up than I realized.
I had about six of these loads. Not surprisingly, the grass underneath all that sod didn’t look very happy.
I decided to dispose of the rocks first. I hauled my loaded Gorilla cart to the edge of the field and started building my pile. There is a low bank and a lot of rocks, so the grass along that side had never been mowed and had dried to a thick unruly mat. I had already raked much of it away from the fence, ready for burning.
As I worked, I thought about the sickly grass underneath the sod and got an idea: What if, instead of burning those pieces, I instead piled them, root side up, atop the grass growing where I had burned? Maybe that would suppress the new growth enough to eliminate the
need to burn the following year. As I increased my garden plot, I would immediately load the sod and take it over, eliminating the extra pick-up.
So, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. . .and the bank doesn’t even look that bad! I will admit, though, it looks better from a distance.
I know that some plants, like purslane, when placed upside down will develop roots on their leaves and stems and replant themselves. I don’t know whether grass fits into that category but, if so, it will provide the subject for another post!
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