1 Paul Tukey arriving at my farm - Love the T-shirt!
2 Katie - Paul's wife, Paul, Dominick, and Mike discussing various lawn problems.
3 This particular area has a lot of wild violet growing. Because it is beneath tall pine trees, Paul suspects the soil has a low pH level, which can be raised by adding high calcium limestone.
4 A closeup of the wild violet
5 Paul is a firm believer in spraying lawns and plants with compost tea and asked if there was a brewer on the property. We have one in the greenhouse.
6 Spraying a lawn with compost tea spreads beneficial microbial life into the soil and onto the grass foliage. This brewer is from Growing Solutions. http://www.growingsolutions.com
7 The next stop was one of the paddocks where the horses graze.
8 Paul liked what he saw here.
9 He thought that the balance of clover and grass was a good ratio.
10 Dominick was happy for that good report.
11 This stretch of lawn is where I recently hosted an outdoor wedding. It has since been aerated and fertilized.
12 The group was transported by Kawasaki to one of the hay fields, where Dominick is having a weed issue.
13 Paul was impressed with the quality of the pasture mix.
14 However, Dominick is bothered by a very nasty weed and is curious for Paul's recommendation for an organic eradication.
15 The weed has sharp thorns, which is a terrible presence in fodder. Paul thinks it may be in the nightshade family and he took it for positive identification.
16 The group drove past the compost area, a subject of great interest to Paul.
17 The next stop was another hayfield to look at a different weed Dominick would like to be rid of.
18 Dominick explained that this one has been spreading rapidly through the field for the past couple of years and the horses really dislike it.
19 This weed grows like a vine and has thick and glossy leaves.
20 It also has numerous seed pods.
21 Those pods most likely burst open, sending out seeds that blow in the wind. Paul also took this weed for analysis.
22 Mike asked about feeding the grass in the turkey pen.
23 Paul commented that because of all the turkey manure, the soil will already be high in phosphorus.
24 Katie loves horses and no trip to the farm would be complete without visiting the stable.
25 Katie and Paul visited each of the boys.
26 Paul Tukey posing with a copy of his book - The Organic Lawn Care Manual