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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 ...
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How do I know when and how much to aerate my lawn?

I have a section of my lawn which seems prone to standing water, grass that doesn't grow very quickly, and seems very hard-packed. I think it's probably in desperate need of aeration. What is the ...
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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 can I tell if my lawn needs to be dethatched?

I understand that a lawn may need to be dethatched periodically so the roots of the grass can reach into the soil (instead of into the thatch layer). How do I tell if my thatch layer is getting too ...
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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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What is the right watering schedule for the different areas of my front lawn?

I recently bought a house, and would like to keep my lawn looking as nice as everyone else's in my neighborhood. Right now I water every zone 5-8 minutes, every other day. This is just something I ...
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How is crabgrass removed from lawns?

I have some crabgrass in various patches in my lawn that I would like to remove. At the same time, I would like to fill in some patches (and the crabgrass locations) with new grass seed. I can buy ...
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I reseeded my lawn but the results are patchy. Do I apply further seed, or start again?

I had a tree taken down and the stump ground up. I cleared a majority of the tree mulch and laid top soil, seeded, and put some hay on top. It's been a couple of weeks and the grass is growing in ...
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How do I get rid of the large cracks in my lawn due to the lack of rain?

I live in Dallas, Texas and we've been having some pretty crazy heat this year. I try to water my lawn 3 to 4 times a week so my grass doesn't all die. My lawn is doing pretty well considering how ...
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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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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 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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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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What is a good strategy to fix up a lawn in winter?

I have an issue with my lawn. There is a huge patch of dead grass just below a covered area. The area gets plenty of sun, but I guess it just does not get enough water. What is a good strategy ...
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Will leveling uneven lawns with extra sand kill future lawns?

I just removed my old front stoop: it was a wall of field stone, filled with a layer of pea stone and 2x8x8 cubic feet of sand, and finally covered by slate. I want to level my very uneven lawn with ...
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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 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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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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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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Should turf be laid above, below or flush with existing ground level?

When patching a section of an existing lawn, should the turf be laid a) very slightly above existing ground level (to allow for settling) b) very slightly below existing ground level (to give it ...
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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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When is the best/acceptable time to perform a fall core aeration and seeding on a lawn?

I live in Southern NJ, USA (Mid Atlantic/Northeast region). I recently contracted with a (well known, national) lawn care company to perform some maintenance on my lawn (aeration, fertilizers, ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How much topsoil can I put over grass before needing to re-seed?

My lawn is very uneven - it seems that between trees & settling fill there are places where there are dips of up to 8". I'm going to get a load of topsoil, but I'm wondering how much dirt I can ...
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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 do I restore my lawn without having to re-sod the property?

We've been in our home for roughly three years. The previous owners did a less than stellar job at maintaing the lawn, so I've spent quite a bit of time trying to get it back into fair condition ...
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Should I overseed this 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What is the proper method for repairing the holes left behind after pulling dandelions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I plant in dandelion graves? I've been very active this year religiously pulling dandelions with a dedicated weed removal tool and my lawn is virtually free of ...
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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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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