Grasses (*graminoids*) are plants with narrow leaves growing from the base.

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Tips on lawn maintenance and weed control

I have a lawn that is growing more and more weeds as the days go by. What is the best method of tackling this problem and returning my lawn to its former lush and green self?
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Making a yard that's settled more level?

My yard was installed when the prior owners built our house a dozen years ago. They did a decent job with the landscaping and yard. The problem is that some areas of the yard have settled and I'd like ...
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Can my lawn be saved or is it time to dig it up and re-sod?

The majority of the grass in my backyard has turned brown and/or died after what we believe was a chinch bug onslaught that went untreated for way too long. It is St. Augustine grass in South ...
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How often should I fertilize my lawn?

How often should I fertilize my lawn? Should I follow a certain schedule? I have heard of people fertilizing on around holidays [US: Easter (sometime in April), Memorial day (last week of May), fourth ...
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How can we grow grass in our heavy clay yard?

My wife and I have been living in a new subdivision for the past two years and have been struggling with getting grass to fully take in our backyard. Our front yard is sod and has been doing fine, but ...
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Why does my grass have bright green patches?

My yard is about 6 years old (new house). When we put the yard in, the seed was equal parts Fescue, Rye, and Kentucky Bluegrass. We live in NE Ohio. About 2-3 years ago, we started getting these ...
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How can I control/remove unwanted grass in flower beds?

I have a flower bed with some ground cover, daffodils, tulips and a few shrubs. Lately grass has been growing pretty much everywhere, including through the ground cover. I tried an herbicide called ...
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How do I quickly remove crabgrass without too much manual labour?

My backyard is being overtaken with crabgrass again. It started later this year than last. In the early spring, I rented a de-thatcher/powerrake and cleaned up the year of a lot of dead material (to ...
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How do I compost lots of grass clippings?

I find that grass clippings tend not to compost well on their own, however we have lots of grass clippings to compost – so what do we do?
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How to keep fescue grass from taking over my rye grass?

I live in Connecticut, hardiness zone 6a. Last Summer, fescue grass took over a large swath of the sunniest part of my rye grass lawn when it was very dry. Most of it died over the Winter and we ...
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How long do you water after planting grass?

I have just planted some grass seed to replace some grass lost after the dry summer. I have been watering it daily for 3-4 days. How long should I keep this up?
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How can I harvest my own grass seed?

I have a kind of perennial evergreen grass that I would like to spread around the yard. How can I save seeds from the plants efficiently ?
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How can I temporarily grow grass on concrete?

I just bought a house that has a backyard, but much of it is taken up by a concrete pad that connects the driveway to the garage. I was thinking about having the pad removed because I want to put ...
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Dandelions taking over the lawn

My lawn was overrun with dandelions so I've used some Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max and that seems to be killing the dandelions very well. The problem is now my lawn is very sparse with grass. There just ...
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What kind of lawn grass doesn't spread and is exceptionally shade tolerant?

This grass is a very good lawn grass, showed mowed and unmowed, and I would like to buy seeds for it. Of course, I can't do that unless I know what it is. It does not spread, it doesn't turn brown ...
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How can I fix a lawn which has become patchy?

My backyard lawn has always been slightly "patchy." My yard keeper attributes this to my two female dogs. I've been willing to believe him as the front yard grass has not had this problem and the ...
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What is the right time to water my lawn?

I finally own my home and this is my first spring. I have a decent front lawn that I want to keep as green as possible. I've always been told not to water in the day as it can burn the grass (as a ...
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What is this grass that supports all weather types, doesn't invade and prevents bad plants from sprouting?

It apparently doesn't grow longer than on the photos, can support all types of weather, doesn't invade other parts of the garden and it seems to prevent "bad" plants from setting up there (bramble, ...
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Lawn problem - seasonal grass, thatch, or something else?

I've owned my home for about 3 years now and every winter large patches of my lawn appears to die, but in the summer it comes back to life.... which makes me believe its some sort of seasonal grass. ...
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What type of miniature clover is growing with yellow flowers in my short Australian lawn?

I have a weed in my lawn which is prolific where the grass is of low height. It is a very small clover with yellow flowers. I live in the Sydney, Australia region. Here's a photo with a ruler to ...
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Is early November too late in the season to overseed, repair a cool-season lawn?

I'm wondering if it would be too late in the season to overseed, repair a cool-season lawn in preparation for the coming Spring. I live in Atlantic Canada. I've been fighting with our lawn since we ...
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What to look for in a robotic lawnmower?

The idea of a robotic lawn mower is appealing, but it seems that most of the robotic lawn mowers currently on sale are overpromising their delivery somewhat. Amazon reviews are in many cases a mixed ...
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How do I flatten out the four inch high bumps in my lawn? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is a lumpy lawn flattened out? My lawn is full of bumps, there's no stretch of flat ground anywhere. They're little mounds about 4 inches high or so, and this is not ...
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What is this weedy grass and how can I control it?

I have a grassy weed with flowering seedheads at the top. What is it and how do I get rid of it in my yard?
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What should I do to rescue grass from a petrol spill?

We had some less than stellar workmen do some work a few weeks ago, and one of them spilled a substantial amount of petrol onto our front lawn. There is now an area about 100cm in diameter where the ...
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Ground cover for large sloped area

I have a fairly large area, ~1000 square feet, that I would like to plant with ground cover that looks good, is low to the ground, and is zero maintenance. The area gets full sun the first half of the ...
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How can I remove the moss growing on my lawn?

I have a lot of fairly thick, short moss growing on my lawn. The grass seems to be growing through it and looks healthy, but I still have a carpet of moss. I try raking it, but it's relentless and ...
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How to stop grass growing through landscape pebbles?

I have an area in my front yard where I have a row of dwarf Buxus surround by a strip of decorative pebbles. I layed down a sheet of lining to prevent the grass from growing through the pebbles, but ...
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What is pulling up tufts of grass all over my lawn?

I went to mow the yard today and found 1-2 inch plugs of grass pulled out of the ground all over the place. It looks more like the result of digging than a deliberate pulling out. What could be doing ...
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How can I maintain a permanent shade lawn?

My Fescue Grass does fine here in my shady South Carolina yard. However, it needs to be re-seeded every year or it gets bare patches. Are there any alternatives that do not involve buying more seed ...
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How do I stop dog urine from killing grass?

Everywhere I've lived, the dog urine just kills the grass. I've found nothing on the internet and the garden person at the local hardware said it's impossible. Any suggestions?
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How do I control the broadleaf weeds taking over my centipedegrass lawn?

I have a lawn that was neglected for a long time - I've done a fair share of Weed-n-feed for a few months, but the weeds continue to prosper in the lawn. I know the soil is great (rich, moist, black ...
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Any suggestions on how to control clover and grass in a flowerbed?

I have an out of control clover infestation in my flower bed, but every time I dig out a batch of clover, it just springs back up within a month. The native grasses also seems to love the flowerbed. ...
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What ingredients in milk make it a good fertilizer?

During the dead of winter when the temperature was hovering consistently around 32F I took 3/4 gallon of milk that had gone bad and pored it on the grass near the back porch. To my amazement the grass ...
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What is this dead light brown patch on my lawn, and how do I get rid of it?

I have a speckled, dry brown patch on my lawn that won't go away: I first noticed it a month or so ago while mowing the lawn, when it was isolated to a single area of several square feet. I figured ...
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Will cutting grass help it spread?

I've planted some kikuyu grass by seed in my Arizona back yard. It's growing well in clumps and I want to encourage its horizontal growth of stolons. Would trimming the parts that are growing up speed ...
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How high should I cut fescue grass?

The fescue grass in my yard is not doing well. I suspect that I may be cutting it too short--especially in the summer heat. I have cut it to a length of three inches for several years now. How tall ...
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What should I do to improve a lawn growing on a new construction lot?

A builder built a new home for us last year (2013) and put sod in the front, and a seed blanket in the back. The seed blanket came up somewhat patchy, so we bought a few bags of seed and a spreader, ...
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Keeping lawn out of garden beds

I have buffalo grass for lawn and garden beds around the house. The grass wants to spread into my garden bed. I have a border of concrete curves that looks like this: But the border is fairly ...
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Do I need to/should I till up lawn before putting raised beds on top?

I have a lawn that I am considering turning into more garden space. (roughly 25' x 25') I've done raised beds on top of an existing garden in the past, but never on top of lawn/grass without ripping ...
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How do I remove Bermuda grass without destroying my cool-season lawn?

I am having trouble controlling Bermuda grass through my cool-season lawn (grass type Fescue). I live in Lancaster, PA USDA Zone 6. Is there an effective method of removing it without effecting the ...
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How to replace the grass in a yard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can my lawn be saved or is it time to dig it up and re-sod? I have two problems that I am trying to knock out with the least amount of work possible. The first problem ...
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Identify this grass and provide hints on removal

I just moved into a relative's house in Sydney and the backyard is a disaster. There is some unusual grass that is invading that I haven't seen before. I looked at ...
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Drought-tolerant grass for sunny, wet Texas clay

I live in Texas, and my back yard is on the bottom of a hill; thus it gets lots of run-off from other houses in the subdivision. The run-off causes problems you'd normally expect: Soft, boggy lawn ...
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Is painting grass green for the sake of making it green for real?

There's a joke that in the army when the grass has any color but green it is painted so that it has "the right" color. Now I open Google and search for "painting grass" and there're numerous results ...
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What is the best species of grass to grow around a black walnut tree

I love my black walnut tree. I almost love it as much as I hate it, but it's beautiful. However, grass refuses to grow around it even though my wife and I are adament about cleaning up leaves and ...
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My lawn got no water for a week. Is there hope?

We turned our sprinkler system off last weekend so that we could mow the lawn in the morning without the grass being wet. Unfortunately, I forgot to turn the sprinkler system back on and the grass has ...
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Is it OK to use a trimmer when my reel mower does not work?

I recently bought a house and have this 250 sqft backyard with really tall grass (about 7 inches). I found an 18" push reel mower and an electric trimmer (weedeater) thing in the garage. The reel ...
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Did cement mix damage my grass?

A couple of weeks ago we had some brick-pavings re-cemented around our driveway. Now all of the grass on the lawn that runs alongside the bricks has gone very orange. I assume it was where the ...
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When to use grass seed vs. “weed and feed”

I have a stretch of my otherwise healthy South Florida, St. Augustin lawn that has thinned out over time. It's a long, but relatively thin (maybe 15' by 3'), stretch of the yard that is in the shade ...