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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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How do I smooth out and overseed an Ontario lawn in fall to prepare for spring? [duplicate]

The lawn is in Ontario Canada and I hear October/November is the time to over-seed to achieve a healthy weed reduced lawn in the spring. The lawn has become very bumpy over the past five years due ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How do I prepare and sow a lawn organically?

Sowing a lawn organically seems to have 2 problems that need solving: Killing the weeds prior to sowing Avoiding weed growth after sowing Once the soil is levelled, I'm considering trying the ...
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How do I repair my lawn this late in the year?

It's mid-November and we just had our driveway expanded. Now the lawn in the region is absolutely thrashed. Re-reading my contract with the driveway crew, they were very clear that the landscaping ...
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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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Identification and Removal of Rogue Plant

I have been trying to take over a completely overgrown lawn at a house I purchased since the beginning of April. We removed several trees, bushes and shrubs to the best of our ability and sodded the ...
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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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Weeds, Grass, Soil: What to fix first?

My backyard is pretty much a weed garden. I have the following concurrent problems: Poor soil (mostly hard clay) Lots of weeds (mostly bull thistle and some dandelions) Dead grass (around 30-50% of ...
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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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Overseeding in Fall without Irrigation

I live in Columbus, Ohio. Dormant overseeding worked very well for me this last year as the wet Ohio springs are perfect for this method. My lawn is so much thicker than last year. The home was a ...
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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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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 ...
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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 are the different ways you can level a yard? [duplicate]

Our new house has a backyard that's very pretty "bumpy" and not very level. What are our options for leveling it?
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Can I replace my lawn mower's blade with any brand blade?

I have a Murray lawn mower (Model 20223X12A). The Tecumseh engine model number is TVS 90 4354K. I measured the blade diagonally and it is about 19.5 inches long. It is just a regular blade. I wanted ...
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How do I fill in dead patches in my lawn?

When my sod was about a month old, we (accidentally) didn't water it for about it a month, causing it to go dormant. Over several months, most of the grass came back, but now it has several large bald ...
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How do I recover from an over fertilized yard

Last summer I decifded to create a lawn and brought in top soil and planted grass seed. After six weeks, I spread fertilizer and then my grass turned yellow. I didn't water as much as I think I should ...
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Laying down Fescue sod in North Carolina in Late October. good idea?

I just scheduled a pallet of Fescue sod to delivered to my home for Wednesday. The salesman said that Fescue sod is only sod that will grow/root throughout the winter if laid down now. Is this ...
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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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How to level an uneven lawn (due to moles)

I'm working against 5 years+ of no upkeep. The moles had been left unchecked and ruined the lawn. There are lots of high and low spots (a few inch difference in the worst spots) spread out over the ...
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How do I make my dead & weedy lawn suck less?

The severe drought in the midwest has killed my yard. The Fescue I planted in the spring (which took nicely) has completely died and is being replaced with crabgrass and native grasses. Other parts ...
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Seeding patches in the lawn

I moved into a house a month ago, and am trying to recover the lawn. There are several patches (roughly a square foot each) with no grass at all, just tough soil. There are two large maple trees, so ...
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Fall seeding a lawn in Northern Ontario

I live in Northern Ontario, where evenings below freezing start in October, and snow begins as early as November. I'm looking to aerate and seed my lawn. I've read that Spring and Fall are the best ...
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Over 1 month, lawn hasn't come out of (what I assume is) dormancy. Is it dead?

About a month ago I asked this question about my lawn. To summarize, I just had this house built, so the grass was only put in a few months ago and the sprinklers did not turn on for 1 week last ...
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Terribly overgrown lawn - which grasses to keep / harvest

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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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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How do I encourage lawn seeds to germinate successfully?

I'm trying to repair some patches in my lawn with grass seeds, but I can't seem to get the seeds to germinate. Is there anything that can be done to encourage germination? In addition, the weather ...