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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How do I repel tree squirrels that are digging holes in my lawn?

My neighborhood is saturated with squirrels, and I see the little critters burying nuts or whatever in my back yard all the time. They leave small holes about 2 inches in diameter in the yard. There ...
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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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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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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 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 painting a lawn/garden border a good idea?

My lawn goes up to my garden bed with a concrete border between. I looks something like this. But the plain concrete looks ... bad, just bad. I'm thinking about slapping a coat of paint on it, ...
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Is it safe to make a vegetable garden where there may have been lawn chemicals?

I moved into a new house (built 1979) this past fall and I would like to convert some of the grass area to a vegetable garden. I don't know how the previous owners took care of their lawn, but is ...
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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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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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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 anything I can put on my lawn to prevent my dog from digging?

About a year ago, we had a really bad gopher problem in our backyard. I've successfully trapped and eliminated all the gophers but my dog sometimes can still smell something and goes crazy digging. I ...
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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 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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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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How do I remove dandelions without damaging my lawn?

My lawn is infested with dandelions. Although they're benign, the flowers are fun to play with and the plant has several useful properties, it sure is an eyesore and I'd like to get rid of it. How can ...
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What is this weedy grass and how can I control it?

I have a grassy weed with flowering seedheads at the top. What is it and how do I get rid of it in my yard?
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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 ...
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How can I burn dead tree leaves and grass during wind?

It's a VERY VERY bad idea to burn the leftover grass and leaves during a windy day; however, do you know of any tricks that might solve this problem? I tried using a small metal bucket except that ...
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Why are there yellow patches on yard?

I am in California where we have a drought. Both my front and back yard seem to be holding with watering twice a week but both have odd yellow dead areas while the rest is green. The contrast with ...
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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 are the uptake and decay rates for Spectracide® Weed Stop® for Lawns?

Once a lawn has been treated with Spectracide® Weed Stop® for Lawns how long are the active ingredients 'active'? Do some decay faster then others? Following the links from the Manufactures site ...
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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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Can I use cedar hog fuel instead of clean fill to bring up my soil line?

I have a really uneven property, but I'm not a big fan of clean fill. Can I use cedar hog fuel instead of the fill? My plan is put around 12"- 24" of cedar hog fuel and put on the top about 6"-12" of ...
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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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Why does my grass have bright green patches?

My yard is about 6 years old (new house). When we put the yard in, the seed was equal parts Fescue, Rye, and Kentucky Bluegrass. We live in NE Ohio. About 2-3 years ago, we started getting these ...
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How can I stop dead grass clippings from accumulating on top of the live grass, and clogging the mower?

So, this has been my first year with a yard that I need to tend myself, and I have dutifully mowed it every Saturday morning. The problem I'm finding is that, while I've always heard it's better to ...
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How may I quell the fungus among-us?

Sorry for the pun, couldn't resist. Recently with all the rain (wish I could send some to Cali, they need it more than we do) I've had a mushroom issue in the back yard. There's a big discolored ...
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Is Clopyralid or Dicamba more effective in the control of clover in lawns?

September's coming up, time to start getting ready for clover control. I have always used Clopyralid (3,6-dichloro-2-pyridinecarboxylic acid). The brand I use is Lontrel. My question is, how well ...
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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 is this dead light brown patch on my lawn, and how do I get rid of it?

I have a speckled, dry brown patch on my lawn that won't go away: I first noticed it a month or so ago while mowing the lawn, when it was isolated to a single area of several square feet. I figured ...
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Please identify and give suggestions on how to get rid of it

I live in West Texas. The white fluffy plant is taking over mostly in Bermuda areas. But it is starting to move into st. Augustine areas. We have BIG, decorative plants that have the same type of ...
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What is this tiny strawberry-like fruit found in a Southern Illinois lawn?

I live in southern Illinois, and earlier today I noticed this small red fruit in my yard. It looks kind of like a strawberry, but it's the size of a small raspberry (about 1/4 inches in diameter). ...
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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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What is this lawn weed with cut-edged leaves and five petaled pink-purple flowers, found in Belgium?

I have recently had to move, and we have a lawn that has not been taken care of for some time. Due to this it's about 30% grass, with the rest being assorted weeds/wildflowers. I've managed to ...
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Does a Hover mower with roller or a cylinder mower with roller better fit with my requirements?

I have a new large back garden with about 1/5 acre of grass. At the moment, the neighbor comes in and cuts for us on her ride-on. I've had electricity points put in all up the garden and would like ...
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Will grass seeding on an existing lawn help prevent/control weed grasses?

Can I use a grass seed on an existing lawn that has some crabgrass and Bermuda grass problems, to help thicken up the lawn to prevent crab/Bermuda grass from growing? I live in Sacramento, Ca.
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How should I dethatch zoysia without harming it?

Is there a method to dethatch zoysia best without harming the runners? I went over a small portion of my lawn yesterday with a thatch rake, and came up with a ton of thatch, but felt like I was ...
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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 ...