Questions tagged [lawn]

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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Weed control near recently seeded lawn area

I have recently re-seeded a small section of my lawn (about 100 sqf) with a 'blend' of mostly Fescue - and these seeds have started to germinate. However, I'm also battling an infestation of Creeping ...
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How to treat lawn diseases (brown patch, leaf spot, melting) without fungicides?

Google tells me "stress your lawn", meaning cut the water for some time. But wouldn't that hurt it even more, given we are in mid summer? I live in Calgary, AB - Canada. Fungicides are a no-...
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How to water after overseed in a way that is good for both new and old grass?

I'm planning on overseed this fall. AFAIK, rule of thumb for established grass is "water deep, and not too often". But rule of thumb for new grass is the opposite: "water quickly and 3 ...
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How can I push out field grass in favor of white clover?

In this question, I was asking about trying to deal with stubborn grass that won't practically cut with a reel mower. And in this answer, it's mentioned that these kind of grasses just get pushed down ...
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How can I cut thicker grasses with a reel mower?

On a somewhat regular basis, I use a reel mower on my lawn. I think it does a pretty good job with most of the lawn, however, there are certain stubborn grasses that seem to just scoff at my attempts ...
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Why is fertilizing suggested as a way to crowd out weeds?

Empirically I trust that this must have worked, but I'm curious why good fertilizing is often suggested as a way to promote turfgrass growth to crowd out weeds. Why don't weeds benefit from the ...
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Can I use cardboard as a barrier for laying a lawn?

I've heard of people using cardboard as an effective weed barrier for, for example, making a raised bed on top of a lawn - laying cardboard down on lawn, wetting it and planting over this. I've been ...
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Help me identify this weed growing in my lawn

It is 'branchy' and lies low evading the lawn mower. Do you know what it is?
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I have been using .08 line for awhile now. However, I am having difficulty with the feed mechanism

I had bought replacement .08 line for use with a precious trimmer and had much left over once it was time for a replacement. Even though the instruction manual on my Black & Decker 40V Max ...
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How do people reseed in a large lawn without irrigation systems?

We have been trying to gradually improve our relatively large 1+ acre lawn in western Massachusetts. We don't have an irrigation system so we seed a few areas at a time and use rotating sprinklers ...
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What causes turf grass to grow tall stems and few blades

Following up on this question, I took a few pictures today of the perennial ryegrass on our lawn. The lawn was last mowed five days ago. The stems grow thick and very fast, making the perennial rye ...
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What happens if perenial ryegrass is mowed high

My lawn has predominantly fine fescues, but before I knew the different kinds of turf grasses, I bought several big bags of Scotts northern seed mix, which turned out to be perennial ryegrass. Several ...
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Why are weeds growing with my new seeds?

So before planting new seeds I did two applications of weed killer about 1 week apart. I thought I had gotten rid of all weeds mainly the dandelions that were growing. I was all the leaves go brown ...
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What animals dig surface trench in lawns?

I went out to take a few pictures for plant identification and noticed these surface trenches in our lawn. The trenches are more visible in weed-heavy areas (2nd pic). I've read about the various ...
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How do I rehabilitate a lawn at a lakefront

First time poster on stack, hoping to get some advice on how to restore a lawn. The property here is a cottage in Ontario, right on the water (as you can see from the picture). What you can also see ...
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Did I use enough seed?

8 days ago today, I brought in two dump truck loads of dirt because my lawn was in horrible shape when I moved here. It had about 4-5 inches that needed to be back filled. It was good soil too, rich ...
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Does Poa annua always flower and produce seed in the spring?

I have been maintaining a relatively new lawn over the last two seasons (it was seeded two years ago). My primary goals right now are to encourage the lawn to fill in better/thicken up, and to keep ...
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Strange flowers popped up. Are these weeds?

I found many popped up on my lawn. Should I worry about these?
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How can I remove the aggressive weeds growing in my fescue?

I have a fescue lawn that is about 1.5 acres (hand picking weeds is not an option). As spring began, these weeds (see pictures below) have started growing in the fescue. My guess is that the tall thin ...
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Identify - Spiky grass like plant invading lawn

I just moved to a new place and my neglected lawn has lots of these spiky "grasses". They seem to be very resilient, difficult to pull out and need a good bit of forking to get to the roots. ...
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How to/should I get rid of these weeds

I have these weeds in my front yard that is infesting my lawn. I have already pulled out 20-30 of these little cabbage looking weeds and there’s a 100 more to go! These things leave nasty holes in the ...
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Best way to encourage grass to grow through dirt?

I recently had a patio put in, and because my lawn had more of slope than the installed patio they used the dirt from the excavation to level the law to the patio. I had originally thought that I ...
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What is this? Not: crabgrass, fescue clumps, quackgrass? Course and bright yellow?

I'm stumped on this one ... as I've tried to compare growing patterns with the forum and it doesn't quite fit the crabgrass. quackgrass or fescue clump category as it's not really concentrated in one ...
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Is it ok to bury concrete rubble under my garden?

I'm knocking down a garage in my garden. The builder has broken up the concrete slab but is stating the it should be ok to bury the rubble. I'm less certain. A broken up concrete slab will contain a ...
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How much lawn does two pounds of turf seed cover?

We purchased a two-pound bag of clover lawn seed. However, the Amazon page and the bag didn't say how much lawn that's supposed to cover. How many square feet should we use it over?
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Need help interpreting my soil test results and fertilizer recommendations

The guy from the lab told me to use 13-13-13 fertilizer. my Lawn is 4000 sq feet, 1 (8 pounds/1000 sq ft) in April and 1 in May end. And then 1 each in September and October end. Also, use liquid ...
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How to spring reseed cool season grass + pre-emergent herbicide

I did a bit of lawn repair last Fall in our front area, which was a reasonable success. I am thinking of doing the same to other parts of the lawn. I know that Fall is the best time for this kind of ...
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How much topsoil on top of clay to level sloping garden

Hi I have a separated garden first is lawn and the second was a play area with a (10m x 6m)membrane over clay with bark. We have now removed bark and want a level lawn but my problem is how do I level ...
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What garden plants will help in waterlogged garden

I have a small square garden space 4x4 meters, where I just took of pavement slabs and stones to reveal a mixture of aggregate, pebbles and clay under a 20-25 cm of soil, not the best grade, though. I ...
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How long do three-cornered jacks last?

How long will it take for three-cornered jacks to break down on their own? To be clear, I’m referring to the actual prickles and not the weed. I’m asking because I’m getting on top of our weed problem ...
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I removed the sod last year. Do I need to rototill before seeding this spring?

I removed the sod last year and now I am waiting for the temperatures to raise so I can seed. From what I am reading Early in April is the best time here in Toronto (5a) Do I need to rototill before ...
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Flowers in the lawn (UK)

The garden where we're moving to is mostly mud where there once was lawn. We are going to relay the lawn but I would very much like to have those tiny daisies and buttercups growing in the lawn as ...
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Do you know the ecological consequences of the removing of all grass from the soil in the urban area?

I understood that the stack-exchange has no site about ecology so I decided to post here. I am sure that in the childhood you all have read a lot of fairy tails and fiction about imaginable countries ...
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If my lawn has started growing, should I start cutting it?

Normal recommendations would say it is too early to begin cutting in northern England, but my small ornamental lawn has started to grow already. Is it reasonable to take this as a sign I should begin ...
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What are the spikey patches of grass on my lawn?

I have moved into a new build house and the lawn already has "spikey grass" parts consistently over the lawn. Around 60 patches in an area of 50 sq metres. In places, around 1 inch taller ...
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What is the best type of grass for high-wear areas in England, and how to use?

We have started a nursery school in our garden in northern England, it has a large lawn but after the first winter there are bad bare patches on heavy-use areas. Clearly we need to be more actively ...
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How to encourage joining of turfed lawn's seams

A professional laid turf down for me last week and I've been watering it every day since. Looking at the picture below, you can vaguely see the lines of the turf edges. Over the course of the week, ...
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How does one maintain a crisp lawn edge?

The wife and I just spent 30 minutes creating an edge for our lawn. We've done one side so far. We used a lawn edge knife and edge shears. I often see people with crisp edges for their lawns, how do ...
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Redoing the lawn and improving soil

I'd like to start over with growing lawn and some plants on a small patch of garden (20-25 m2 at most). I removed the weeds/existing grass from the top by digging through it and noticed that the ...
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Chemical for removing Couch grass from Kikuyu grass

Is there any chemical I can use that will kill invading Couch grass but leave the Kikuyu grass alive?
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What's the right way to modify an inclined backyard for an outdoor playset?

I plan to install an outdoor playset/swingset in my backyard. My concern is the backyard is inclined, and the playset will be at the lower grade. What's the right way to flatten the yard (where the ...
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How/When to Remove Dead Weeds and Reseed Lawn?

Apologies in advance if this is a duplicate; I have read some other similar questions but each scenario is so individual that it is hard to know exactly which advice to apply. My yard, which is all in ...
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Why don't professional lawn scarifiers have moss removal tools?

Why is it that professional lawn scarifiers don't have these moss removal tools?: The cheap ones have, but the expensive petrol powered Stihl and AL-KO doesn't. Husqvarna doesn't have a petrol driven ...
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Topsoil depth for growing grass over a clay base

I am in Tasmania, a southern state of Australia. My soil is clay (although not heavy clay) - grass will typically grow OK on it. I have sprayed the area I want to grow new grass with glyphosate - as ...
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What is best, seed in October and add topsoil or rototill, let it sit over winter and seed and add topsoil in April?

I am in 5a I just completely removed the sod and now my backyard is like bald, only the soil that was left after cutting the sod (see my previous question for some pictures) I think I have two options:...
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Can I rake and/or mow my lawn after seeding?

My lawn has some pretty big bare batches in it (some of which are there because I pulled out huge swathes of weeds), so about 2 weeks ago I put down a bunch of grass seed, raked the seeds into the ...
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Wild violets gone -now what ? What is the right sequence of operations to re seed?

My backyard was the largest plantation of wild violets known in North America. The grass was gone almost suffocated and in order to remove them I let them grow for the entire summer (so that they at ...
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Rooftop lawn on flat roof

We are building an extension to our home and the extension has a flat concrete roof. We would like to plant a lawn on this roof. Structurally the roof can handle the weight but now I have a few ...
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How much lawnmower oil is too much?

I have an old-style gas-powered lawnmower, regular residential size, and I just put too much oil in it. The dipstick measures about 3/4", and it looks like I went over by about 3/16". So ...
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Large lawn with patches full of weeds in northwest Mass

Looking for suggestions on the best course of action for our lawn scattered with weeds. Our property is about 1 acre in Greenfield, MA and there are several patches with particularly high weed density....

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