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How to get rid of sprouts coming from a chinaberry stump?

I had a 30ft (9m) chinaberry (Melia azedarach) removed that the previous owner left for me, four months ago. It had multiple split trunks at the bottom that made every arborist that looked at it ...
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How can I clean up my lawn from weeds? What kind of weed is this?

I recently purchased a house last year, and am noticing that most of the lawn is weeds. There are a variety of different looking ones, but there is one type that is all over my lawn, probably taking ...
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Green algae on my lawn

I have cement base under my lawn therefore my lawn has just 7 inches of soil and then below that it is fully covered with cement. This is done to prevent water seepage in my basement so I can't drill ...
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Rocks and sticks in loam used by landscaper. What to do?

6 days ago I had a landscaping company perform a lawn renovation. The first few inches of the existing turf was removed and new loam was trucked in, followed by hydroseeding. Shortly after the ...
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Steps to Follow for Fixing a Patchy and Weedy New Lawn Which was Planted over several times

Trying to grow an organic lawn over the summer months in central CT but have achieved limited success. Started 2.5 years ago by completely removing all existing weed and lawn. Put down lime and ...
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What are these white blades in my lawn?

As of a few weeks ago, I've noticed that my lawn has started to get a lot of white blades in it. When I look down close to the ground, the base level seems to be almost all white. What is this? Is ...
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What should I do with buried garbage/construction debris I found in my new yard?

I recently bought a new row home with what I thought was an adorable back yard. I started digging a shallow hole to plant a tree and noticed that about a half inch to about a foot down is where the ...
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Grass stops lawnmower pulls up grass

When I cut my grass their are spots that stop the lawnmower and seem to pull up sections of the grass, it seem to be really thin at those points and those spots turn brown later.
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Quick experiment to replace pavers with grass lawn

I am a total newbie here when it comes to gardening and lawn. I have a backyard made of paver tile which has gone bad over years, in the sense, too much weed is growing between tiles. To fix this, ...
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Can I recover my lawn from fertilizer burn?

I was hoping to improve my lawn. I used Scott's Weed & Feed with a little GrubX in hopes of killing weeds and improving the look of my lawn. (Fig A) I didn't think I over did it, but obviously ...
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How to fix compact soil causing brown spots in lawn?

I have several areas in my yard that are turning brown. After my irrigation system runs the appropriate time, I tried to stick a 6" screw driver into the ground. I had no issues around my lawn, ...
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how to grow grass where an underground pool once was

This is my third year of trying to grow grass where an underground pool once was. It keeps dying off over the winter. Is there anything I can do? Or should I opt to put something else in this 12'X 12'...
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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 month....
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Remove a large sandbox from my yard?

In my backyard there is a 20' x 20' sandbox on a slight incline (0' to 1.5') with an approximate volume of 300 cubic feet (11 cubic yards). The sandbox served as a foundation for an above-ground salt ...
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What possible reasons could the previous owner have for burying chicken wire under the lawn?

My wife and I have learned over the course of our landscaping duties that the previous owner of our home embedded chicken wire in the ground, seemingly throughout the entire backyard. It's about 2-3 ...
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What's this coarse, dark green grass in my lawn?

I've got patches of thick, dark green, coarse grass with stems. Any idea what sort of grass this is, and whether it's worth trying to remove? Any ide
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Do I use grass seed or just weed and feed for dead lawn spot?

So I sprayed some weed killer and now my lawn has yellow dead spots all over. Maybe I made a mistake If I know it looks like this, I wouldn't even try. So how do I fix this now? Option A: Rake ...
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How to seed grasses correctly if the area has moss and lack of sun

I just bought a bag of seeds from Costco: Pennington Smart Blend https://www.pennington.com/all-products/grass-seed/pennington-smart-blend My lawn has many dead grass spots due to some plants being ...
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help - stripes appeared in artificial grass lawn!

I just left a rented house with artificial grass lawn. The landlord's gardener came a week after we left and claims that we damaged the lawn and made stripes in it! of course we didn't, and we never ...
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Fresh Bermuda sod, completely filled with crabgrass — is this normal for the first year?

We just moved into a new home which had fresh Bermuda sod just laid a few months ago. Now that growing season has kicked in, it appears our "sod" was filled with more weeds than grass. Is this normal ...
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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 includes ...
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Can I use a 3-in-1 mix with an overseed machine?

This lawncare product is a 3-in-1 solution containing seed, fertilizer, and soil improver. Can I use an overseed machine with the fertilizer and soil improver mixed in or will that harm the machine ...
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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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Turning my existing lawn into something more presentable. Will tilling kill everything so I can start from scratch or do I need herbicide?

I'm in Eastern PA and as it's just the start of April - I would like to turn my poor excuse for a lawn into a nice, level, uniform grassy green lawn. It's currently very uneven with high spots, low ...
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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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Best way to rescue overgrown lawn that sat all winter?

The Problem: Lawn grew very long last year, perhaps 8 inches (broken mower) Lawn has wintered in New England, only mild snow, but is brown and pressed down What is the best strategy to get it back to ...
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What should be done about automotive fluids killing grass?

two big problems are happening due to automotive liquids, and the grass is dying because of it: The other day I wan over a gas can, and there's a huge dead patch of grass in that spot where it ...
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How to reseed grass after killing weeds?

My lawn is overrun by clover and all sorts of weeds. I have lawn grass spots here and there, but the majority is weeds. I was going to spray with "Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max", then spread some top soil ...
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Keeping healthy grass in play area

My kids play in my backyard a lot (4 kids aged 2-11). We've been in the house for about 6 months and when we moved in there was grass in the back yard. When we moved in the grass wasn't in amazing ...
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Is there any harm in burying a cable 6-10 inches under the lawn?

I would like to dig a very narrow trench, nor more than an inch wide, by slicing the ground with a spade to form a line across my lawn. I will then bury the cable, and fill it back in with dirt and ...
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How to know how much weight I need in a lawn roller?

I purchased a new home this year and the yard maintenance of the previous owner was almost non-existent. As such the lawn has many small bumps and is "lumpy". I have looked into using a lawn roller ...
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how to kill weeds without chemicals in front yard and garden bed?

St Augustine grass in my front yard is healthy, Luscious and thick. However there is one patch where weeds have taken over and keep expanding outward in 360 degrees. I've tried smothering it with ...
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What is this type of grass (weed)?

Every year I am getting more of this type of grass. From a distance it looks like regular grass, is dense, grows in patches, spreads and is a bit lighter than my normal grass. And is there a fix? I ...
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what is this coarse spreading weed from my lawn

Located in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Canada's most northern major city. The summer here started out very hot and dry with many days above 30C and stretches of no rain for weeks. The grass did not take ...
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How can I encourage rhizome growth in my lawn?

My kentucky bluegrass lawn came out of last winter in poor shape. I don't know why. However it seems to be flourishing now and repairing itself with what I believe is rhizome growth. Even though it ...
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Is this lawn fungus?

I'm having trouble with my lawn. I know the picture is hard to see, but in the circles are yellow-ish grass. This was green two weeks ago. Close up it looks like yellow dead grass. A month ago I ...
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Lawn repair - Heavy moss, damp.

Location: UK I have recently purchased a house (Last November) with a large lawn to the rear. I am very new to gardening but have realised I'm going to have to learn quick if I want to make the most ...
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How to overseed new sod on clay?

I have a new place on a quarter-acre lot. The sod has been out for a few months and still doesn't look like it has taken--even with regular watering. After reading a bunch of stuff online, I went out ...
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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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Caring tips for a new lawn

I live in El Dorado Hills, CA (northern CA). A new lawn (~150 sq ft) was laid ~5 month ago. I was told by the builder that they planted 90/10 fescue/bluegrass sod for grass. I have been trying to ...
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Help! Fighting builders re: new build garden

I bought a new build in October 2016. When I moved in I noticed there were cracks between rows of turf. With rain/bad weather it has just turned into a mud mess. It has been regularly maintained ...
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Ideal way to fill in a large hole (from a goldfish pond)

The house we just bought had a goldfish pond in the back yard, which has been removed, leaving a hole roughly 1.5 meters squared, by 1 meter deep. I wish to fill in the hole, and plant a flower/...
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Spring lawn revival in SE Pennsylvania

I have a relatively small area of lawn that surrounds my property and I'd like to take some steps to try to revive it this spring. I don't know the exact size, but generally machinery like gas-powered ...
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Laying sod at different times

I am planning to redo my back lawn as the previous home owners just let it run wild and now it's a mess of random grasses and weeds. It will be very difficult for me to dedicate an entire day to ...
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Putting mushroom manure on top of clay lawn

I want to add 3 inches of mushroom manure to the top of a small lawn with cardboard as a mulch underneath and a layer of leaves from the fall. There are other soils available that say that they are ...
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Clean fill for a large stump hole

I had a large Ash tree stump ground out of my yard and now have a huge hole to contend with to restore the lawn in this area. Can I use old weathered bricks to partially fill a large stump hole ...
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Removing the sod and seeding new for an area 24'x48' (8mx16m) - advice needed

I have an area of 24'x48' (8mx16m) at the back at my garden which is uneven, has spots with no grass and also spots with bad looking grass. I would like to remove it using a sod cutter and seed new ...
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Proper sequence of Northeast lawn maintenance this spring

I live in eastern Massachusetts and have a big project coming up for my lawn. I am planning to get part of it excavated to fix an issue. Once fixed it will be back-filled with soil and I'll move onto ...
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Give up aesthetics for weed removal

What are my options if I have to give up the aesthetics of the garden(currently with a little sod and a loads of weed) to control kill weed. One option I'm considering is the following: Mow the area ...
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How to avoid damaging waterlogged lawn in winter?

We have quite a long lawn with my woodworking workshop at the end. In winter the lawn —like the rest of the UK— becomes quite wet. I still need to get to the workshop. However it's slippery and ...