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Is it cost effective to reseed my own lawn?

My lawn is in rough shape. I live in Colorado and I have no shade so over the years the sun has killed off the sod I planted. This fall I plan on reseeding with drought tolerant seed. I have been ...
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Lawn top dressing - how much and how long does the grass need to get through?

I have a very low spot near a pathway I just built and a pile of soil that resulted from the excavation of the soil. I want to put the soil over the grass that is there, but I would like to know the ...
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It it possible to soften hard soil without removing a lawn?

My lawn was done some 2 years ago but I had many problems: it wasn't level, and in some spots it was very hard (probably due to compaction and clayish soil). The people who did it told be it would ...
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What to do to the dry grass that is not allowing new grass to grow?

I live in cold climate and winter is very harsh, after the last winter there are several dead grass patches in the lawn and the lawn is a little fluffy when walking on it. One of the lawn guy ...
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How can I remove or disperse clay soil stuck in/on grass

I recently augured two holes in my yard for posts. I was not able to keep all the debris contained. I cleaned up what landed on a board I laid down and the large piles with a shovel. I raked up as ...
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How do I fix dead white patches in my lawn?

I'm in the process of trying to repair this lawn and I'm looking for advice on how best to go about it. As you can see from the attached I have a lot of white patches, a problem with dandelions and I'...
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What products similar to “lawn mousse” can I use my own seed mixture with?

There are a number of retail products on the market that allow you to attach to your garden hose and spray-fill areas of lawn that have been damaged. These products all contain their own seed mixture ...
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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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What are these rocks/gravel lookalikes in my front yard soil?

We got this place recently and are planning to put sod in the front yard. We know that the previous owner had grass in the front yard and a big tree. They removed the tree about 5-6 months back as its ...
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How should I treat brown patches in my St. Augustine grass lawn?

We recently got a love letter from our HOA to re-sod or treat our lawn and I am trying to see if I can fix it myself or should seek professional help. Our lawn (St Augustine grass) was kind of ...
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For a patchy lawn, is it better to apply pre-emergent or a lawn patch kit in the spring?

I live in Middle Tennessee, and the heat of this past summer was brutal on my lawn, which is a mix of fescue and bermuda grass. We aerated and overseeded it in October to help fill in and fix the ...
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How to prepare lawn for overseeding

I've recently been renovating a small section of my lawn, which is going relatively well. I now would like to overseed the remainder of my lawn, which has many bare spots and is quite bumpy. My ...
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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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DIY fertilizing vs. Tru-Green

A drought this summer has left my backyard in rough shape. Weeds have really been spreading. I didn't fertilize last summer, fall or winter but picked it up this year doing applications in spring and ...
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How to get rid of dirt that is lying on grass?

After doing some work in my garden there are areas of the grass with dirt on it. What can I do to remove it effectively? Picture source.
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Grass will not grow in the back of the yard

I've got a 50' x 5' wide section in the back of the yard that will not grow grass. At first I thought it was because the two trees in the back of the yard. I pruned the trees and still no grass. I ...
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New turf left to grow too long - how best to fix?

I recently made a small (approx 7-8 sqm) lawn by laying topsoil and then turf. It took hold nicely however I left it far too long before mowing and now have a problem! I currently have a manual ...
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How to revive the grass of a small garden that is completely beige dry grass?

We live in desert climate. The lawn was neglected for a long time and is not completely dry grass. I have never done garden work. What do I need to do and how long can I expect until my kids can run ...
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Am I wasting my time pulling dallisgrass seed pods before mowing?

My fescue lawn that is largely dormant right now because of the heat, but dallisgrass is thriving and driving me crazy. I started pulling out by hand the tall seed pod stalks before mowing my yard, ...
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Yellow spots appeared in my lawn suddenly although all other area is green

I live in southeast Michigan. I built my house 2 years ago and had sod laid down last year. I was told to water twice a day at least. The grass has held in and it came green during this season with ...
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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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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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Should I leave or remove sand under a demolished brick walkway to allow grass to grow?

I started demolishing an old brick walkway in my backyard and I found sand underneath about a good 3 inches worth of sand. My question is: If I leave the sand underneath and add about 2 inches of ...
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Could Lawn Fertiliser kill off slug-control nematodes?

I use Nemaslug nematodes to control slugs in my garden. I don't normally bother fertilising my lawn but this year its looking a bit sorry for itself so I want to try out some slow release (6 month) ...
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How often should you overseed a lawn?

I'm unclear if this is something that should be done only when a lawn has problems, or as part of normal maintenance every X years? I guess you could even do it every spring but I imagine that's ...
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Scarifying my lawn seems to be pulling up the turf, is this OK?

I have a small lawn 5x5m which has some issues with moss and damp on one side where it's in the shade. I've been scarifying using a hand rake to get up dead thatch and moss which works, but in the ...
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What are these plants growing on my lawn?

I have these leaves sprouting all over my lawn and property. What is it? Should I be worried? NOTE: This is in Wisconsin.
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Growing a healthy lawn

We've recently bought our first home and I'm slowly getting in to the garden. I have a lot to learn, so starting small - amongst some basic composting and herb growing I'm also trying to fix our lawn. ...
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Grass identification and removal

Last year I used a patch fill seed mix from a big box store. This year those patches have taller and lighter colored grass than the surrounding lawn. In the picture below, these would the grass on the ...
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Recommendations on fixing my uneven lawn

We had a deck removed recently and had sod put in about 10 days ago. The problem is the soil was not leveled prior to the sod being added and now the new lawn is taller than the rest of the lawn. I ...
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What's the best way to eliminate the moss in a shady, damp area of my lawn?

I need to sort out a patch of grass at the back of my garden. It's covered in moss as you can see from the picture. I'm not an expert of any sort when it comes to the garden but I would like it to ...
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How to deal with water pooling on lawn

I have 3 areas on my lawn where water pools when it rains. My soil is clay and the water takes a long time to be absorbed into the ground. One of these area is bordered by a planting bed and patio, ...
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Lawn renovation

My yard is almost 50% weeds. I'm planning to renovate my lawn by killing it off and growing a brand new lawn. Are the following the right sequence of steps ? Apply non-selective herbicide. Wait ...
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How can I prevent yellow and dead grass?

Every year I spread grass seed in the yard. However a part of the lawn still became yellow and even died. A few weeks ago I put on Scott Turf Builder Southern Gold Grass Seed. It still died. I am ...
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Filling low spot in yard

I have a low spot in my yard that I want to fill in. It is an 8' diameter spot that is about 4"- 6" lower than the surrounding grass. The grass in this spot it mostly dead from this being a small ...
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Recommendations on fixing my lawn

A small corner of my lawn has gone bare (see attached picture). I wanted to know if I should wait it out hoping that adjacent grass will start growing in spring and slowly cover the patch. Or should I ...
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What lawn care steps should I take?

I'm a new home owner and I have no idea how I should start to care for my lawn. Should I fertilize before seeding? Should I kill weeds first? Should I used a shade friendly seed? What about aerating ...
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How long should I wait after overseeding, before I apply pre-emergent weed preventer?

I aerated, overseeded and applied starter fertilizer last Sept 15th. Would I be safe to apply a pre-emergent such as Scotts fertilizer with Halts pre-emergent this spring, or would some of the grass ...
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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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What is the best time of the year to plant St. Augustine grass plugs?

I live in Dallas, Texas. When would you say the best time of year would be to plant St. Augustine grass plugs?
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skunk deterrent using dish detergent

I have skunks digging up my lawn. One solution indicates spray 1C castor oil, mixed with 1C dish detergent in a gallon of water. Would that concentration kill the grass especially since it is mixed ...
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What should I do about a dead lawn and weeds in California?

Our lawn had gone from beautiful to being overrun with weeds. Since the drought in California has continued for so long we just basically gave up and now all grass and weeds are dead. Yup, we have a ...
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How should I remove a patch of the wrong type of grass from my lawn?

In the foreground of the picture, you can see a brown region. This is a different type of grass than the buffalo that makes up the remainder of the lawn. I would like the whole lawn to be buffalo ...
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Can I lay new turf on an existing lawn?

Is it feasible to lay new turf on an existing grass lawn? The idea is to completely spike the existing lawn, cover the lawn in lawn dressing, then lay new turf over it.
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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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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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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 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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What's a good recipe for a grass seed, soil and fertilizer mixture?

I'm looking to fill some patches on my lawn that are left over from last year's addition of a layer of topsoil. They seem resistant to the typical loosen soil, apply seed and water approach -- which I'...