Rehabilitating the pasture. . .errr back lawn

It is important for the hens to have fresh greens available for them to browse.  Some of this comes from kitchen scraps, but the majority comes from pasture grass. . .Pasture grass?  In the urban farm environment this means lawn.  The back lawn to be specific.

The back lawn was decimated first by the baby chicks Crystal brooded.  At three weeks they went out into the “Pullet Tractor” which was on the lawn.  The combination of the two batches of pullets and Ethel’s digging ability left muddy and bare.

We re-sodded the whole lawn area and that was again decimated by Ethel and her expanded crew of hens.  They dug out the seams where the sod rolls met.  Dug out any place such as next to the house, where the sod ended against another surface.

We first fenced off half of the lawn area, adding seed, then soil spread over the top.  That was left alone for four weeks to establish itself.  Then we changed the fence to cut the lawn diagonally and repeated the process on a troublesome corner spot.

After another few weeks we took down the fence, had the new portion mowed high then fenced off the entire lawn, seeded the sparse patches, added a covering of soil.  Now three weeks into that process the entire lawn area is growing good, strong grass.  Two more weeks and the entire lawn will be mowed, with the cut high.

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