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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, February 24, 2012

walking time, weed in yard question


the alzheimers association is now starting to prepare for
the walk to end alzheimers for 2012
this is their biggest fundraiser of the year
last year in austin it was an successful year for the local chapter

the alzheimers association provides educational activities
about alzheirmers especially for the caretakers
they are also a good source for whats available in your
communtiy for the support of the alzheimers patient

remember the big a is replacing the big c
more people are worrying about getting the big a than
the big c

if you are affected in someway by alzheimers join or form a
team for the walk to end alzheimers in your area

that would be everyone who reads this
we all are affected in some way
some more than others

go to the walk to end alzheimers site and type in your state
and find what walks are available in your area

get involved
it will affect you if it hasnt already

i will have my team again in austin  the organicgreendoctor.com
my wife and i have made this our charity we donate to each year
as we are so personally affected by this disease


amy wants to know what to do as her yard is 90% weeds
patience is the answer

options are
dig up al the yard put down new soil and re sod
thats time consuming and expensive

landscape away all of the grass
(thats what i did and replaced it with native plants walkways
and mulch)
(i do zero watering zero fertilizing zero mowing on my front yard)

start a good organic yard care program
see the natural gardeners site for their program
you can use their lady bug brand or medinas brand or gardenvilles brand
or other good brands
of organic fertilizer for the yard

then keep the yard mowed regularly so the weeds wont seed
hand remove what you can or spray the weeds directly with the
vinegar orange oil liquid soap weed killer i posted yesterday

in the fall and the early spring-oct and feb here in central texas-
apply corn gluten which inhibits seed germination
dont apply it if you are planting any seeds as they wont germinate
corn gluten also acts like a mild fertilizer

many of the weeds you have now germinated in october so treating
it now with corn gluten wont work for these weeds but it
would prevent the spring early summer weeds

spraying your whole yard with this vinegar mixture probably would
not kill all the weeds or the grass
bermuda is almost impossible to kill this way

weed and feed should not be used at all
many countries prohibit it use
can you say frogs with one eye and 6 legs

i got rid of my st augustine by solarization
i put black plastic or you can use clear plastic over all of your yard
when the weather is its hottest in the summer
this will kill everything under the plastic
then you can scrape it off and re seed or re sod

i covered my plastic up with mulch and left it for two years
and gradually planted raised beds with native plants
and added the walkways ponds garden etc

part of the problem around here is there is no good
soil under most peoples grass
bad dead soil was brought in or none at all and
the lawn was seeded or sodded over this
these lawns are doomed to never do well
now in some cities 4 inches of good soil have to be placed
before the grass is planted

i dont have a hoa
well i do its called the country n hoa and i run it
but most people do
so a lot of these things people cant do under hoas rules

i would do a small area of total solarization this summer
then replant it after putting in new soil
even if its only a 4 ft square

over time especially if you plan on staying in your house
you will end up with a good yard

follow the natural gardeners recommendation
basically corn gluten oct and feb
compost fall and spring
probably fertilize just once in april or may after youve
mowed three times

keep the yard mowed to prevent seed formation
hand dig or spot spray with the vinegar spray weeds
that you can

be patient
each year your lawn will look better

also this year is the worst year in awhile for weeds
last year wasnt bad

also a lot of grass died around here last year but
may come back in april and may when the soil warms

hope this answered your question

the organicgreen doctor

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