Wonderful results from cornmeal & alfalfa !
After nearly losing my front lawn in August to severe heat and drought, I read everything I could on this forum in an attempt to save what grass I had left. Dave Hall from San Antonio ~ how do I say thanks for all your encouragement and excellent advice on how and why to use corn meal and alfalfa and the importants of 'going organic'.
Now into the second week of October and only one of many with oppressive heat and a continued dought, I can dare say I have the only lawn in a many mile radius of Lyndon and Anchorage (Louisville area) that looks 'springtime fresh'!
The keys, I've found, are water,alfalfa pellets, corn meal, compost and some reseeding. I also use an electric mulching mower and always mow high ~ I think this is key in reducing weeds and keeping grass roots shaded. I've also found it important to mow late in the day and never when the grass is the slightest bit damp.
The time and money spent in reviving my lawn have been nothing compared to the joy of not only enjoying the view when every yard around me is scorched and dead, but knowing that with every application, I'm feeding the 'micro-herd' living below, or what's left of it after years of Scott's Winterizer Fertilizer.
I've found organic fertilizers easy to use and relatively close at hand even though I've had to rely on Martha White Plain Cornmeal (yellow or white) in 5 pound bags from Walmart for $2.36 because I haven't found a agricultural source. (I read somewhere on this forum that this type of cornmeal was not the best kind, but I have had excellent results to date.)
I was lucky with the alfalfa pellets as the local Feeder Supply stores carry they in 50 pound bags for around $13 and they have recently ordered a 40 of 50 pound bag of soybean meal for me.
In addition, I have applied handsful of alfalfa pellets to each perennial, shrub and tree along with some blood meal and compost.
In closing, all I can say is without this forum and the great help and encouragement found here, I'd probably still be looking at a worn out lawn, a struggling 'micro-herd' and buying chemical fertilizer in hopes of correcting what isn't actually the problem ! Thanks to you all ! gardening annie