Low durable plants of consistent height that are grown to fill an area aesthetically, to be walked on, or as a base for sports and recreation.

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Improving soil for grass

My lawn is slowly being taken over by clover, I would be ok with this if the clover and the grass embraced diversity, but instead there are patches of one or the other. I understand clover likes soil ...
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What is this plant growing in my backyard?

I have this plant growing in my backyard near Houston, TX (UDSA Zone 9a). I been letting it grow because I have no idea what it is. It starting to look like just another weed. Can anyone identify this ...
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Is it safe to eat dandelions previously treated with a selective iron herbicide?

Three years ago, I started trying to reduce the number of dandelions in my lawn with a household selective herbicide named Scotts® EcoSense® Weed B Gon® (MSDS and retailer product page). The ...
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Preparation for a new lawn to prevent weeds and encourage growth

Two Years Ago About two years ago, the lawn in our back garden was full of dandelions. We decided to replace it with brand new turf, the kind you roll out into place. I tried my best to remove the ...
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How do I get rid of sand spurs?

How do I get rid of sand spurs? These suckers pop up all over my lawn around this time of year, and I'm not sure how to get rid of them other than constantly pulling them out. Obviously I can't use a ...
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What would be a low- or no-irrigation lawn replacement for USDA zone 8B?

I have some lawn in my backyard that I want to replace with something that consumes much less water. I have no problem with mowing or other maintenance but the replacement does have to handle ...
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Are there any issues with using an on ground sprinkler system with impact sprinklers?

I recently bought a home, and now I am tired of watering the lawn every day. I considered under ground sprinkler system but they are very expensive. I thought to do my own diy on the on ground ...
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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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I do not want to mow the lawn, how can I have a lawn without having to mow?

I have a lawn, but I limit my mowing. Plants do not grow well in the sandy soil. Weeds grow extremely well. The climate is moist, humid spring, summer and fall. Winter is snow and ice. Groundcover ...
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How to get rid of crab grass and weeds from my lawn [duplicate]

Spring has just come here in Virginia and my front lawn is a mess. I have more crab grass and weeds than grass! I need some help as to what should I be putting in my lawn? Should I just buy Scott's ...
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Oak tree - arborist says needs to be removed?

I have a very nice oak tree in my backyard that is about 100-150 years old. The tree is in a good visual shape and we trim it about every two years. However, there is a wound on tree's stem, about 25 ...
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Replacing a strimmer's nylon fibre line?

I bought a Bosch strimmer a couple of years ago - it is a Bosch 3600H78G71 "EasyTrim". There is now no nylon fibre line (which is the bit used for cutting grass) protruding from the spinning part at ...
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Can I wash my dog on my lawn without damaging the grass?

Is it bad to give my dog a bath on our lawn? Will the soap residue end up killing our grass? I never had a second thought about this but I've recently come across some natural weed killer suggestions ...
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What are good plants for salty, sandy roadside conditions in Maine?

I live in Maine (USDA hardiness zone 5). My lawn has a 5-10' deep mostly-dead area along most of the curb. It stretches maybe 50 or 60 feet. Last year I attempted to get grass to grow there without ...
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Does new lawn/sod need aeration?

I recently bought a house and am new to gardening and lawn care. Some guys stopped by and asked me if I need "aeration service." I was wondering if I need it for my new lawn/sod. I still don't see the ...
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Watering clover seeds

I'm planting some Dutch white clover in my yard from seed. The seeds came already inoculated. We generally have weeks where it rains several times a day for at least a week during the spring, can I ...
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Benefits of dethaching your lawn

I have st. augustine grass. What exactly is the process of dethatching? This question went into a brief discussion regarding dethatching. Are there benefits to dethatching? When is the latest time ...
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Can quick lawn grass seed be used for overseeding?

I want to overseed my lawn to thicken it up. I have a lot of quicklawn grass seed, which is designed for new lawns grown from scratch. It seems to me that, in the most part, a seed is a seed and ...
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Why is my lawn changing colors?

I'm wondering what is causing my lawn to apparently change colors... this a small segment of approximately a 3' x 6' area. There is another smaller area, about 2' x 4' nearby, and while I was mowing ...
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Can a string trimmer be used for a whole yard or thick grass?

I'm building a house right know and there is some thick grass that I need to cut down. Since I'm going to need to maintain about 100 m2 (about 1000 sq ft) after the house is completed, I thought about ...
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New lawn infested with moles [duplicate]

I have a new lawn that is infested with moles. The new sod must be prime real estate for them. I'm looking for peoples' advice on how to get rid of them. What I've tried so far: A pesticide to ...
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How do I keep opossums away from my lawn?

Recently, I found some parts of the lawn and some areas quite near to the house itself were in a mess. I suspect that some animals like opossums may be the reason. Are there any ways to keep them ...
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Is there a clean alternative to top soil as lawn topdressing?

I performed dormant overseeding last year with amazing results in Ohio. All I did in late December was walk my spreader over my yard. The freeze/thaw cycle pulled the seeds deeper into the frozen ...
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My Lawn Keeps Dying

I am located in southern Louisiana. I moved into this house in June 2013, and the sod was put in around Jan-Feb 2013. I usually make sure that my lawn gets about inch of water a week, but my lawn ...
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Is it too late to dethatch my lawn?

I am just now finding out that I should probably dethatch and seed my lawn. I moved into the house in the middle of summer and not much lawn care was done by the previous owner, so there is some ...
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Our cat is digging up our lawn

We have two cats (both female, 6 & 4 yrs old). The older one is becoming less mobile (can't get over the fence), and has started taking to digging up the lawn to do her business. Whenever I see ...
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Chamomile lawn feed & winter care

I have a Chamomile lawn that in its 2nd year is beginning to look the business. Was wondering if there is a recommended 'feed' for it. Also wondering how much care i should take regarding winter and ...
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What is the best way to sow grass seed in high rainfall areas?

I have tried sowing onto loose soil and covering with grass clippings, but the rain floats the seed and the clippings into piles and the pounding action of the water buries the seed in the mud. I ...
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Is mulch or topsoil better for new lawn in clay soil?

We just built a new home and the back yard has quite a bit of clay in it. We are planning on seeding the yard in the next month (September). I'm trying to decide between topsoil (4-6 inches) or ...
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Is it common to only sod a portion of a lawn?

In relation to this question, I have leveled a big portion of my lawn and am looking into laying sod now as opposed to seed, mostly b/c I don't want to wait for the seed to fully grow. However, it ...
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What is this growing in my lawn?

This moving from a rental to owning a home and having lawn care is certainly a learning experience... We're working to have a lawn of St. Augustine grass here in Southwest Florida. I've successfully ...
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Is it possible to use micro-sprinklers to irrigate the lawn?

While trying to solve the same problem I’ve inquired before — using shrub sprinkler heads in drip-irrigation system to water narrow side lawn — I am coming to realisation that even if pressure is ...
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How Do I Determine The Best Watering Schedule For My Lawn?

I just bought a new house and I want to program the irrigation system. I don't know anything about the lawn or the system because I just moved in. I want to know how often I should water the lawn, ...
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Forcing a clover takeover of my lawn

I have weeds in my grass lawn. Not an uncommon situation, I understand. I have a few types of weeds. One type grows like — well, like weeds: quickly and tall. And unsightly. Then there's ...
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Is there evidence that a deeply watered lawn will develop deeper roots?

Everyone says "deep and infrequent" when describing how to water a lawn, but is there evidence to back up this suggestion? I can expound on this several ways: 1) Why would one want deep roots if one ...
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Are there benefits to changing the direction you mow a lawn?

This is one of those ancient bits of "wisdom" I vaguely recall from my childhood; and now that I have a lawn which seems quite happily established, I'm looking into keeping it that way. So, I want to ...
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Fish fertilizer for my lawn

I was told by someone that fish fertilizer is good for the lawn; just use 3 tablespoons in a gallon of water and apply it to the lawn. But how many gallons should I use for a lawn that's about .3 ...
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What is this drain hole in my lawn?

Not sure if this question belongs here or at diy.stackexchange.com I bought my house a few months ago and have noticed a long and narrow strip that is mostly bare of grass in my backyard. I have no ...
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What is the optimal cutting height for a reel mower?

What I think I know I understand that the recommendations for lawn cutting height are based on rotary mowers, and because of a combination of their design and the way they hack & tear at the ...
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How can I weed trim without damaging a fence?

I keep damaging the bottom of my fence with my gas weed trimmer. What is the best way to prevent damage to my fence while using a gas trimmer?
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Is throwing grass seed without dirt enough?

I have seen some people throw seed without using dirt. Is it less or more efficient ? Here is this video here that shows what I am talking about
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Advice with laying a lawn please

This is probably the sort of thing thats been asked a thousand times but I have no idea what I'm looking for we moved into a house with a lovely huge pond, however now we have our first child and ...
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How much ash can I use on a lawn?

On occasion I end up burning some oak branches in my firepit, which gives me some ash that I typically throw out. At times I have heard it may be beneficial to use it in the lawn, although I already ...
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What is an aggressive grass that will grow from seed in Maine?

My lawn is a hodgepodge of different grass types - notably Bermuda grass on my front lawn. Is there a grass that you can seed that will push other grasses out? For reference I live in Maine. Edit: ...
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How can I stop a dead tree's roots from popping up in the grass?

I dug up a tree a year ago and the roots seem to still be spreading under ground. Every once in a while I will see it sprout above ground. I keep pulling it out but it comes back. How do I kill ...
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How do I fix the worst lawn on the street?

I inherited this Picasso last year when my wife and I bought our first home. Now, there is plenty of potential, but first and foremost I want to remove all the vegetation I don't want, which ...
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How to reseed my lawn?

A friend of mine told me I should spread seed and then put a half inch of soil over it. I have about half an acre of lawn so this would be a LOT of soil. Is there any way to just spread seed and still ...
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Is this normal for a push reel mower?

I have this mower. It worked great last year, but this year it's left my lawn looking like the photos in this album. Believe it or not, I mowed that grass yesterday (not even 24 hours ago). It is ...
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Does Trimec kill grasses (fescue)

Located in North Carolina. Mostly a fescue lawn. well established, some new sod from last fall, some new grass seed from this spring. Let, I have weeds. Some areas of my lawn are fighting a good ...
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What type of lawn damage is this, and what do I do about it?

I would like to give my front lawn a little TLC this year. I don’t really know a lot about lawn care, (other than mowing it) so I am looking for some general advice. Does this look like a seeding ...