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For a new lawn, are mixed soils worth it?

I'm redoing my lawn because it was extremely unlevel. I've already flattened the whole thing, scraped out all the old grass, and now I'm ready for top soil. After calling a few local places, I've ...
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What's a good recipe for a grass seed, soil and fertilizer mixture?

I'm looking to fill some patches on my lawn that are left over from last year's addition of a layer of topsoil. They seem resistant to the typical loosen soil, apply seed and water approach -- which ...
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How should I flatten my uneven back yard in Toronto?

I need to regrade my backyard. Currently I have a good green layer of grass and other small unwanted :-) plants covering my backyard. The previous owner dug a patio and I suspect that they spread the ...
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What is the best time of the year to plant St. Augustine grass plugs?

I live in Dallas, Texas. When would you say the best time of year would be to plant St. Augustine grass plugs?
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How to know how much weight I need in a lawn roller?

I purchased a new home this year and the yard maintenance of the previous owner was almost non-existent. As such the lawn has many small bumps and is "lumpy". I have looked into using a lawn roller ...
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How is a lumpy lawn flattened out?

My lawn has both peaks and troughs. I guess that I can just fill the troughs with lawn soil or compost, right? But how do I flatten the peaks? I’ve read that a water filled roller does nothing. Has ...
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Which grasses should I keep in this terribly overgrown lawn?

I have moved to a property where the lawn has not been cut for (according to neighbours) 2 years, and the grasses are now about 2 feet high with seeds. I would like some advice about which ones to ...
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skunk deterrent using dish detergent

I have skunks digging up my lawn. One solution indicates spray 1C castor oil, mixed with 1C dish detergent in a gallon of water. Would that concentration kill the grass especially since it is mixed ...
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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 should I remove a patch of the wrong type of grass from my lawn?

In the foreground of the picture, you can see a brown region. This is a different type of grass than the buffalo that makes up the remainder of the lawn. I would like the whole lawn to be buffalo ...
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What should I do about a dead lawn and weeds in California?

Our lawn had gone from beautiful to being overrun with weeds. Since the drought in California has continued for so long we just basically gave up and now all grass and weeds are dead. Yup, we have a ...
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Should I overseed this overgrown lawn?

Today I raked my lawn. My intention was to clear some of the Leylandii debris and brambles, but to my surprise almost all of the 'grass' came away, leaving more or less bare soil. Since it's quite ...
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How can I deal with broken glass spread out in my yard?

I recently purchased a house on a 0.25 acre (0.1 hectare, ~11,000 sqft) lot that in the past was known as "the party house." This name became more clear to me today while raking leaves I found large ...
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How often should I water my lawn in Georgetown, Massachusetts

Looking to hear from any others in New England, or even more specifically Massachusetts. We just bought our dream home in Georgetown, MA and the one thing that needs a lot of work is the lawn and ...
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Family pool on lawn all summer - what can I do to help the grass underneath recover?

Like many families with children we have a large (15 foot) inflatable paddling pool taking up part of the lawn for the entire summer period (roughly May to Oct). When we pack away the pool, there's ...
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What should I do about coarse, thick grass growing in my lawn?

This is my lawn. For some reason lots of thick horrible coarse grass has started growing in lots of patches all over. Does anyone know why it would all of a sudden start to grow? Also, can anything ...
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What should I do about bare patches in my lawn after killing off Creeping Charlie?

I live in midwest Iowa and my lawn has started to get taken over by Creeping Charlie. After much reading, I went out and bought the Ortho Weed Be Gone to try and kill it off. A week ago I tested by ...
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What is the correct way to hold, orient and maneuver string trimmers?

I have a straight gas powered string trimmer that spins counterclockwise. There seems to be conflicting information on the internet regarding how to hold, orient and maneuver string trimmers. Some ...
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How to make garden flat and level

I don't know if I'm searching correctly, but I'm amazed I have only found one answer (which is still lacking). How can a garden be made completely flat and level? How would it be done professionally? ...
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What is a soil spreader called in the U.S? Are they available here?

I just watched a YouTube video on how to top dress your lawn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M77S86Sib1I The guy who does the video is in Australia. He has a handy tool that he calls a soil ...
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My Lawn has a Hard Spot where Grass doesn't Grow

Theres a spot in my front yard where the ground is extremely hard, everywhere else is soft and spongy. This spot is roughly 1 to 1.5' in diameter. No grass grows here. What's the best way for a ...
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Is it possible to save a lawn completely overrun with weeds? If so, how?

My garden is large, but is on a steep slope. It's grass covered and has been landscaped so there's a nice flat area with a tree halfway up. The slope makes it difficult to properly mow and maintain ...
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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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How should I fill and reseed shallow depressions in my lawn?

I want to level out a lawn that is roughly 4000 square feet. It has many low areas that vary in diameter and depth. Not sure what caused these holes; my guess is that they are from a previous owner ...
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What are the Coldest Spring Temperatures to Overseed a Lawn?

I know (now) that the best time to overseed a lawn is in the Fall. I obviously missed that window so I have to make do. I've read that the 2nd best time to overseed is early Spring. But how early ...
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How much grass seed is too much?

I'm told by my seed supplier that it's impossible to to put down too much seed when overseeding an existing lawn or seeding a new lawn for the first time. Assuming the cost of seed is not an issue, ...
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Sodding a grub-damaged area in Southwest Florida

I've got some white grub damaged areas (I've seen some on the top of the damaged areas) in our front lawn that will need to be replaced. It's probably too late in the cycle to really do anything about ...
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Aerate, de-thatch & overseed. Is this really the correct order?

I operate an equipment rental delivery service in the Portland, Oregon area. It's that time of year again when DIY homeowners are renting these items together. Aerator (core aerator) De-thatcher ...
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Can I successfully over-seed a lawn in the Spring in Colorado?

My lawn is old and in desperate need of over-seeding. Many people in my area (Denver, Colorado) say to do it in the Fall. My thinking is that in the Fall the lawn areas are very dry and that aerating ...
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Am I overseeding my lawn properly? Should I do something differently?

I am new to overseeding. I just spread the seed on the lawn, and am watering it. Is that okay? Should I do something differently? And:
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Is mid-October too late to seed a lawn in Ottawa, Canada?

My yard work has been delayed this year. This past weekend, I finished spreading the topsoil (which has been on the driveway since May) to rebuild an area of my lawn. Is it too late to spread grass ...
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What immediate steps should I take after my lawn is aerated?

My lawn which is a combination of clover, moss, crabgrass, dandelions and occasionally some grass is going to be aerated in two weeks. I want to know the immediate steps to take after the cores are ...
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Should I aerate, or aerate and seed my lawn? Can I do it myself?

I live in NC, USA and I never did aerate before. The size of the lawn is 0.37 acre. Recently I got a letter from a lawn-care company about offering the service about aeration etc. Aeration only ...
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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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Beginner Starting from Scratch: Weedlot to Enjoyable Garden [closed]

I live in the Pacific Northwest (Portland), and I have a small urban back yard (20'x30'). In the decade I have owned the house, I have never really done much with it, and it has ranged from boring ...
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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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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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How do I fix an area of grass that was ruined using a vinegar/salt treatment of dandelions?

Following some advice from the web, I boiled vinegar and salt and applied it to some dandelions in our lawn. I probably should have used less of it though - I poured 2-3 tablespoons on the dandelions. ...
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How can I drain water from a low spot in my garden when I have no lower spot to drain to?

I have a low spot in the back of my yard that pools excessive water after a rain. The only lower spot than that is my neighbor's yard (there is a brief upslope between my yard and his) so I cannot ...
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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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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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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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questions on deep root fertilization

One of the dog wood trees in my yard does not grow healthy. The tree care professionals recommend the so-called deep root fertilization, and I agree to move on with this operation. Yesterday, ...
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Is laying sod higher than existing lawn best practice?

The background for this is here. The short of it is that the sod guy laid this down last year, and I have a feeling he skimped on the job. Didn't prep the soil, just came and laid the crap down and ...
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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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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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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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How to fill low spots over existing grass in my yard?

I read this question and it made me think of what I need to do this weekend. But I have these questions: If I've got a few holes - maybe a place where a bush was dug out and the ground eventually ...
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Why are holes and divots typically filled with a sand mix?

I was taking a lunch time walk at work and noticed some council workers filling in a sizable patch (about 1m square) with soil. I've noticed this done on golf courses and also on sports grounds and I ...
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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 ...