May seem obvious, however can I put the grass clipping from mowing the bermuda in the compost? thanks.
Of course they are, it is green grass after all! :)
Despite all the fearmongering about Bermuda grass, it is not something to be very worried about, just make sure your compost pile becomes hot enough to kill any seeds. But that is another matter, isn't it? :)
Oh good. Thanks so much. I wasn't sure, as we want all bermuda gone, and will be taking the bermuda out eventually. It's been in about 1 1/2 years and is about 35'x20'---the classic green area in the back yard. What's your best advice on getting rid of it?
I'm using a composting 'box', like a tall plastic trash can with the ventilation holes along the bottom, with an opening in the front. It's in the sun most of the day, and water it to help the process along. There's never steam rising from it...does it need to be that hot?
Gaile, you may need a soil thermometer (long meat themometer should work). You are looking for about 150 degrees. If you continually add things it will take longer to get hot and compost, so you may want to get a goodly amount in there and then not add anything more except to keep it slightly moist. Many people who compost a lot have 2-5 working 'bins' / piles so each can get hot enough to do the job.
got it. thanks. this bine isn't full enough yet, so I'll implement that asap. THANKS!!
If you can add some leaves or shredded paper to the grass it will compost better.
If I remember the numbers, the ideal "brown-to-green" mix is 75%-25% but I like 50-50.
You won't see steam rising from it - the dewpoint is too low around here.
Thanks. I come from the land of humidity so gardening here is a whole new world.
Sure, I'd compost it. Green stuff is good in compost.
BUT.... I would notuse it if it had been treated with weed & feed or any of those broadleaf weed killers. And not if any area adjoining the grass had been treated with Roundup. Otherwise, I think it would be great in the compost once it's completely decomposed, it's highly unlikely to still be viable.
Hmm, I don't know what the former owners did. Moved in last August. They put the grass plot in about a year before that. I haven't used anything like that, since I want it to die out. Thanks
Having had an epic FAIL with Bermuda in compost years ago where I'm still fighting it in that part of the garden, I would say only do it if you can separate your Bermuda from your trusted non-Bermuda compost. My mistake was thinking that it was so dried up it had to be dead...I can hear the laughter from old timers...so make sure you get it to rot into unrecognizable dirt. One rhizome is all it takes.
I'm thinking of composting my clippings separately and then using them only to grow potatoes in stacks so I never risk introducing that devilish plant into my gardens again.
Woody - I've also had epic fails with Bermuda. I've spent 15 years trying to rid my yard of Bermuda. Sometimes seeds get blown in from neighbors' yards and sometimes a sneaky stolon slips under my fence. But the worst was a reinfestation from a compost bin. Ugh.
It should be noted that I didn't monitor the compost so it is entirely possible that the pile was not hot enough for long enough to kill the grass seeds.
Thanks, I decided not toput the Bermuda into the compost. There are other good choices.
Thanks, I've decided not to put the Bermuda into the compost.