>There's probably a secret Permaculture technique for turning Bermuda grass
>into a cash crop, but I don't know what it is.
>I have very little experience with ticks, so can't help there.
>Good luck...if I could singlehandedly outlaw the selling of Bermuda grass by
>nurseries, I would.
Here in the midwest our constant garden foe is quack grass. It has a
similar root system, though it's a cool season grass and starts early in the
season where I suppose the bermuda grass is more a summer menace. Any how,
some friends have had good luck allowing pigs to root it out and following
up with a cover crop of rye or buckwheat. By shifting your graden space
around you should be able to stay ahead of much of it while getting next
year's plot ready. I find a lot of the trouble stems from our efforts to
clear our garden beds of roots while ignoring the paths. If the pigs were
allowed to clean up the path areas (or if you did it) you might have longer
We also have a lot of ticks and have tried burning the grass and then
following with poultry. The problem is that there are so many other things
to eat for them that the ticks just aren't attractive enough to really take
a hit. Burning near the house is a little nerve racking too, and seems to
be of limited effectiveness. My sugestion? Daily naked inspections with
someone you love (or at least a tall mirror) ;<)
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