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Keeping an eye on the weeds

The grass got out well ahead of the weeds this year, a relative rarity. We're going to mow and scatter in place to reseed this area. It's a paddock, but it's also what we use for a front yard.


But when to mow?


You shouldn't mow if the grass hasn't set its seed. It takes about three three weeks from seed head formation until the seeds mature enough to germinate in quantity. You also need about a week of sunshine during that period to increase the germination fraction, and we haven't had that yet.


You will mow if the weeds start going to seed. Otherwise you'll have a paddock full of weeds for the next year or three.


When those principles collide -- and they often do -- you mow.


You can see that weeds run the place, but Fidget keeps an eye on the weeds for us.


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Taken on May 5, 2012