Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New Lawn - Part 2

As the new lawn area is installed, Marcia works on weeding our spring bulb raised beds. They are a wonderful collection of spring flowers and some summer and fall bulbs for color later in the season. By early fall the weeds are well established, but yielded their roots on this
beautiful fall day.

Stone dust is applied to the pasture entrance of the horse stalls and around the base of the hydrant that feeds the horses' water tub. Pat's crew rakes out any high spots as we improve the base for the horses' safety and comfort.

Every once in a while a machine is developed that is perfectly matched to the task at hand. The working end of the "rock hound" has two sets of rotating steel fingers that sweep stones back into the attached bucket. When full, a quick run to a dumping spot returns the tool to work. If you click on the picture, you can see the teeth at work!

The final step is the spread of a solution containing grass seed, water, and fertilizer. If we keep it damp with our own watering, we should have germination in 7 - 10 days. We'll see!!

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