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Nimrok
Jul 8, 2017 8:18 PM CST
I'm looking to put mint in my front yard and all I found was how to plant it in your garden. I like the smell of freshly cut mint
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crawgarden
Jul 8, 2017 8:23 PM CST
Mint can be a very rampant grower
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Frillylily
Jul 8, 2017 8:26 PM CST
super super invasive. Just toss it anywhere Hilarious!
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DaisyI
Jul 8, 2017 8:56 PM CST
What is the difference between your front yard and your garden? Confused
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Nimrok
Jul 8, 2017 9:08 PM CST
Well Daisy thanks for the great question.
My garden in fenced in and my front yard is not, so it's hard for me to get my mower in the garden plus all the other plants I have in my garden would be ruined aswell. So I would like to have mint where I can use the mower
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Nimrok
Jul 8, 2017 9:13 PM CST
Frillylily
So your saying just pick some mint leaves from my garden and throw it around my yard?
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DaisyI
Jul 8, 2017 9:21 PM CST
I think you have to plant some little plants but they are easy to grow from cuttings (not leaves). If you are putting them in your lawn, you will have to let them get established before you start mowing them.

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Blitz_40
Jul 8, 2017 9:39 PM CST
I ....love ...mint? JK....Today I pulled 3 17 gallon buckets of it from along the edges of my back yard. It runs rampant!! I won't even compost it, it goes into the trashcan because I'm slightly terrified of it now Hilarious!
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 8, 2017 9:39 PM CST
Having just weeded bushels of mint out of my daughter's flower beds, let me say, yes once they get going, they will go everywhere. So if you don't want the mint in your garden, be sure to install an underground barrier (buried plank or cinder blocks or something) They spread by underground runners, so you need to block them up to 8in. below ground.

Plant it along the edge of your lawn, and it will spread out into the grass, as long as there's enough water for it. If you know anyone with some mint already going, just see if you can get some plants or underground stems from them, and plant them.

I agree, btw, it does smell wonderful as you are "controlling" it. You can also plant different types with different flavors. Spearmint, lemon mint, chocolate mint, etc. We had the original everyday mint, and a fabulous mojito party ensued after we harvested a bucket of leaves off the huge pile in the compost. Enough for Monday night with a repeat on the 4th of July.
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Frillylily
Jul 9, 2017 10:13 AM CST
Nimrok said:Frillylily
So your saying just pick some mint leaves from my garden and throw it around my yard?


no, no, just a joke.

not really.

sort of it was.

mint will grow anywhere. I once planted some along our house with a chat driveway. (planted it along the edge of the driveway IN chat.) It grew up in the siding, somehow into the house and under the wall and into my pantry nodding

If you dig it up and leave even the tiniest piece, it re-grows. It does not pull out, it breaks off. It is great stuff if you REALLY want it. Do not ever put it in compost, it will grow everywhere.
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stone
Jul 9, 2017 10:23 AM CST
I think planting mint in the lawn is a wonderful idea!
If you must have a front lawn.... At least make it interesting.

Mint likes a moist sunny location.

Just follow the directions for planting mint in garden... Only plant it in the turf.
Give it time to get established before mowing it... Don't want the mower pulling it back out....

I wouldn't plant it on the edge, I'd put it where I wanted it.
Just dig out a clump of grass, like sod.... Loosen the soil, plant the mint, discard the turf.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 9, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Lily, you're right about not composting it, I left it to cook out in the 100deg. sun for a couple of days before I composted it. Let's hope it was thoroughly dead by then.
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