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weed supressing membrane

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 16:45

Hi Nutcutlet, Does the top growth burn off quite quickly, if you get it after a week of dry weather? I gather that I do a first pass to take the cuticle off, and then go over it all again to burn the withered foliage off completely.  Is that what you do, and is it reasonably quick? Thanks! Jen

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 16:05

I actually just want to replace super-fast growing grass with slow growing grass. I am all organic so it's light exclusion or flame gun. I'd be keen to hear from anyone who's used a big propane or paraffin flame gun. I'm an experienced gardener with a degree and PhD in Botany, so not a novice. I don't need other peripheral suggestions. I just would appreciate concrete information from anyone who's actually tried to kill a lawn organically, especially by the above methods.  

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 13:57

Thanks Calendula that's useful to know. You haven't tried a flame gun have you? That's my other option. (sorry to partially duplicate threads, but the other one got very sidetracked.)



Lawn too healthy

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 13:55

Sheep also splendid. Guinea pigs are also very efficient of couse.

weed supressing membrane

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 13:02

Does anybody know how long weed suppressing membrane has to be in position to kill and established lawn stone dead? I would imagine at least 6 months, 1 month has been suggested. I can't find written documentation on the test being actually carried out. 



Lawn too healthy

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 16:59

A goat would be excellent!

Lawn too healthy

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 20:11

I think that what we need is a large number of rent-a-rabbits

Lawn too healthy

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 19:55

Thanks for the comments. Very interesting about sowing yellow rattle. I hadn't heard of that. I keep the grass very short because we lawned over a heavy infestation of bindweed, and keeping the grass short means that the bindweed gets cut too. I am definitely staying 100% organic. If anybody had any organic suggestions for removing or hobbling the grass I'm all ears. For the other questions - yes I'm sure; no there is no other solution. Thanks!

Lawn too healthy

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 08:50


I have a weird problem. Our lawn used to be sad and thin and yellow, and barely worth the name.

Then I oversowed with really good grass seed mixed with clover, and the lawn became incredibly lush and fast growing and beautiful. It is just the perfect lawn now and so fast growing that I have to mow twice a week. It's the most amazingly magnificent looking lawn.

The problem is that my son and I are getting very bad perennial rhinitis from the lush juicy smell of the grass. It is so bad that we can't go out for much more then an hour in still weather.

I think I am going to have to get rid of this very vigorous lawn grass and somehow re-sow with sad, slow growing grass like the stuff we had before. The question is, how do I get rid of the grass while still having the garden safe and enjoyable for my two year old, and where do I find reliably sad, slow growing grass seed?

I gather that roundup/glyphosate is not going to work because of the toxic effects on children.

Black weed suppressing membrane is an option but would be a bit ugly and would have to be in place for a long time.

I could till the ground repeatedly, which sounds fun if I had a tiller, or I could burn off the grass repeatedly using a Big Flame Gun. This also sounds fun.

Does anybody have any experience of this sort of problem?



magazine insiders

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 17:47

Have you noticed that the poll about holiday expenditure on magazine insiders shows that the readership is incredibly varied economically? 25% in the lowest bracket, but then more than 25% in the £1000-£1749 bracket, and another 19% above that. Must be tricky to cater for such a wide range. Explains why I can never afford any of the "Free" plants.

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