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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Organic or Traditional lawn fertilizer: which is safer for areas with young children?

I have a new lawn that was started in late August in the Boston (MA) area. The installer says it's time to apply fall fertilizer. My new lawn looks pretty good: there was broad germination; there are ...
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What's a good low-maintenance poolside lawn choice in Zone 8?

I need a lawn solution for around our backyard pool. The previous owners had the area covered in flagstone, but I need more green in my life! Info about the area: We're in North Dallas, Zone 8. ...
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Transplanting and dissecting clump grass

I have what looks like perennial growing in a shady(ish) section of my lawn. I'd like to stretch this along the whole shady section to replace the weeds that are growing there. Could I simply pull out ...
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Laying a new turfed lawn on an existing lawn

Is it feasible to lay a new turfed lawn on an existing grassed lawn please ? The idea is to completely spike the existing lawn, cover the lawn in lawn dressing, then lay a new turfed lawn over it.
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Different fertilizer ratios suggested for golf courses and home lawns?

I was reading this article about care for seashore paspalum turf - http://www.environmentalturf.com/images/maintenance/finalmanual.pdf. At about page 22 (of the document, not the PDF), they start ...
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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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How long before hydroseeds are dead/dried out?

I've dropped the ball. My new lawn was seeded in the middle of the week and we decided to go the hose+sprinkler route rather than irrigation system. I've tried my best with the little free time I have ...
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Deep watering: How much water are we talking?

How long and often must a lawn be watered to promote deep root growth throughout the warmer months? I live in South East Queensland and the summer temperatures range between 25-35 degrees Celsius. The ...
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Aerating with a garden fork: is it making the problem worse?

I would like to aerate my lawn but do not poses a lawn aerator. Would spiking the lawn with a garden fork be sufficient in aerating the soil or is it simply going to further compact the soil around ...
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Soil wetting compounds: are they effective?

Crystals, sprays, etc. Are soil wetting products effective to rejuvenate dry sections in a lawn? Any recommendations?
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Why doesn't my turf grow against the exterior wall?

My grass does not grow under the eve of the roof and against the brick wall even though the area receives full sun. Instead, a broadleaf grass intruder has taken over. What is causing this to happen?
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Identify hard brown “grass” in my yard [closed]

My dog is hesitant to walk on this crunchy, dead "grass". I didn't notice it much when the lawn was greener, but when this stuff started dying, it stays VERY rigid, and would be painful to walk on. ...
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Help me kill this grass

Just wondering what this broad-leaf grass is called and how I can safety remove it from my "Blue Couch" (Digitaria didactyla) lawn. I've seen it take over many people's yards but have never known what ...
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What kind of barrier would I need to keep beach grass from running into a lawn?

We've got a situation where there is beach grass growing up to and into a formal lawn. The problem isn't so much the grass popping up into the lawn, it's that the beach grass is getting nutrients and ...
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Mass Earthworm Suicides on the Back Veranda

I live in Adelaide, Australia and during this winter season during rainy weather I have been finding large numbers of earthworms dead and stuck on the concrete of our back veranda (porch.) This isn't ...
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What grass types would be good for contrasting lawns in Central Europe?

I've seen a lawn which was composed with different grass types, I'd like to achieve a similar effect. I have a couple of concerns, they should: grow slowly, at similar rate, have different colour/...
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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 often do mower blades need to be sharpened?

An important practice in toxin-free (and other) turf care is to only mow with sharp blades. So how often do I have to sharpen the blades? I'm sure that it will depend on conditions, but is there some ...
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Garden Grass/Lawn Mould Identification

We have a standard grass lawn and in true British style got a paddling pool out a month too early. The pool got infested with mosquito larvae so we drained it (not into the garden) and got rid of the ...
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How were estate lawns cared for prior to the popularization of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides?

I'm interested in the following information, and will be happy to follow any leads to good resources for the info: How were they cut? Were they irrigated? Did they fertilize? Did they overseed? ...
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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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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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Is this a grass or weed or what type of grass?

I'm located in southeast Pennsylvania and recently seeded around a new patio with Scott's EZ Seed. I'm getting things to grow, but I don't know if this is a weed or grass or the type of grass. I've ...
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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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Can I use lawn clippings to mulch my vegetable garden?

Our lawn grows crazy-fast and if I'm too slow between mowings, I leave a thick trail of grass clippings on the lawn. So two questions: Can I use these to mulch my vegetable garden? Are there any ...
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How long and how often should I water my west Texas front yard?

We just recently moved to a new house, and we are very new to maintaining our yard. We have automatic sprinklers, but we are not quite sure how often and how long they should be watering our front ...
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Will pre-germinating grass seed produce a green lawn in less time than just seeding and watering properly?

I have heard and read quite a bit about the benefits of pre-germinating grass seed in terms of getting a lawn growing quicker than it would if you simply seeded. The procedures I've seen involve ...
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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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My lawn has many kinds of grass, with no Bermuda. How can I get a consistent look?

In my central Pennsylvania lawn I don't have any Bermuda, but I do have two or three types of grass. They're all different shades of green and grow at different rates. What's the best way to get a ...
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How do I get rid of phragmites in my lawn?

There are some wetlands in our subdivision which are overrun with phragmites. Some of these have established themselves in our neighbor's backyard and now they're spreading throughout our lawn. I've ...
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Can I add lime at the same time when I spray Roundup?

I sprayed the weed killer roundup and wanted to know if I can also spread some lime at the same time to neutralize my acidic garden?
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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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How do I separate two lawns?

I live in the Seattle area. My neighbor has a very nice lawn -- it's unnaturally green, other-worldly thick, and chemical-dependent. I'm going to overseed my lawn with a nice mix of microclover, rye ...
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Apply iron(II) sulfate and dolomitic lime at the same time?

I have had good experiences with iron(II) sulfate and dolomitic lime for my lawn. They increase the green colour and prevent moss. However, I am uncertain whether I should avoid applying these two ...
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How do I deal with grass seed blown into a garden bed?

With the recent high winds a lot of the grass seed that we put down five days ago for a new lawn has been blown onto fresh new flower beds. Do you have any tips on how best to remove them? The soil is ...
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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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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 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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Is drainage needed for a new lawn on compacted clay?

I am in the process of creating a lawn at the back of my house. The previous owner had paved and stoned the area. The size is about 30ft by 40ft, it is raised from the level of the house by about 2ft, ...
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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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Is there any merit to my wacky idea to grow a Purslane lawn?

I have this wacky idea to plant Purslane instead of grass in my desert yard (zone 7a, 9 inches of rain annually). I'm not keen on having high-maintenance turf; the only grass in the running against ...
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Bermuda grass (I think?) is a muddy mess in the winter time

I live in Knoxville, TN. My back lawn sees a lot of action year-round with two medium-sized dogs. I think much of it is Bermuda grass, since it runs close to the ground, is very thick and soft in ...
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Can bent grass be controlled without toxic chemicals?

Due to the large number of golf courses in our area, we have a problem with bent grass invading fescue and bluegrass lawns throughout the county. Next to crab grass, it is one of the things that ...
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What is this weed in my lawn and how can I get my grass back? [closed]

Essentially, along the edges of a new-to-me yard (edges of house, porch) -- I'm assuming from moisture retention -- a weedy/cloverish (I have no idea, clearly) thing is taking over. This is a yard ...
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What's destroying my recently laid Kikuya lawn?

About a month ago I had roll on Kikuya lawn planted. Since then the area has had a lot of rain and irrigation and everything seemed to be going okay until recently when portions started thinning out. ...
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What do I need to kill Canada Thistle weed?

I believe that this is what the weed is called, here is a picture It is very invasive and I don't know how to kill it. I tried Weed b-gone but it only kills the leaves and does nothing else. It's ...
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What is the maximum amount (lbs/1000 sf.) of nitrogen that should be applied to turf in the spring?

Assumptions and details: we would apply slow release, predominantly insoluble, organic sources of nitrogen which could include compost, corn gluten meal or any of a number of organic turf fertilizer ...
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How can I check quality of sprinkler blowouts?

We just had our sprinklers blown out, and are starting to suspect the quality of the work we got. Within 5 minutes of discovering that we had a blowout scheduled, our fee was charged and the guy left....