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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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Glyphosate accident on lawn, how to repair?

I thought Glyphosate was safe on grass so sprayed it liberally on the weeds in the beds and clearly have splashed the grass. What are my options to repair? What do you recommend? Would I noticed the ...
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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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Weeds, Grass, Soil: What to fix first?

My backyard is pretty much a weed garden. I have the following concurrent problems: Poor soil (mostly hard clay) Lots of weeds (mostly bull thistle and some dandelions) Dead grass (around 30-50% of ...
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What should I do about coarse, thick grass growing in my lawn?

This is my lawn. For some reason lots of thick horrible coarse grass has started growing in lots of patches all over. Does anyone know why it would all of a sudden start to grow? Also, can anything ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I have grass regrown on a lawn without restricting traffic?

Here goes a picture of some location in Eastern Europe. The plant with roundish leaves is Plantago and it totally belongs there. So in the right upper corner is asphalt road. Left of the scene (not ...
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Why are holes and divots typically filled with a sand mix?

I was taking a lunch time walk at work and noticed some council workers filling in a sizable patch (about 1m square) with soil. I've noticed this done on golf courses and also on sports grounds and I ...
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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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Can I successfully over-seed a lawn in the Spring in Colorado?

My lawn is old and in desperate need of over-seeding. Many people in my area (Denver, Colorado) say to do it in the Fall. My thinking is that in the Fall the lawn areas are very dry and that aerating ...
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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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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 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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How much topsoil can I put over grass before needing to re-seed?

My lawn is very uneven - it seems that between trees & settling fill there are places where there are dips of up to 8". I'm going to get a load of topsoil, but I'm wondering how much dirt I can ...
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How can I replace zoysia grass when it's also in my neighbor's yard?

The previous owner of my house planted a zoysia lawn, which is awful as I live in a cool climate. It's brown for most of the year. After digging up the entire yard for foundation repairs I tried to ...
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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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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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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 do I repair my lawn this late in the year?

It's mid-November and we just had our driveway expanded. Now the lawn in the region is absolutely thrashed. Re-reading my contract with the driveway crew, they were very clear that the landscaping ...
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New construction with sloped subsoil yard, best way to go about growing grass?

I recently purchased a new construction home. The backyard came unfinished and the yard is sloping away from the house. From what it looks like, the yard is subsoil, it looks like it's essentially ...
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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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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'...
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How do I recover from an over fertilized yard

Last summer I decifded to create a lawn and brought in top soil and planted grass seed. After six weeks, I spread fertilizer and then my grass turned yellow. I didn't water as much as I think I should ...
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Should I aerate, or aerate and seed, my lawn? Can I do it myself?

I live in North Carolina, USA and I never did aeration before. The size of the lawn is 0.37 acre. Recently I got a letter from a lawn-care company offering the following services about aeration: ...
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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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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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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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Identification and Removal of Rogue Plant

I have been trying to take over a completely overgrown lawn at a house I purchased since the beginning of April. We removed several trees, bushes and shrubs to the best of our ability and sodded the ...
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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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Is there a clean alternative to top soil as lawn topdressing?

I performed dormant overseeding last year with amazing results in Ohio. All I did in late December was walk my spreader over my yard. The freeze/thaw cycle pulled the seeds deeper into the frozen ...
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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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Can I replace my lawn mower's blade with any brand blade?

I have a Murray lawn mower (Model 20223X12A). The Tecumseh engine model number is TVS 90 4354K. I measured the blade diagonally and it is about 19.5 inches long. It is just a regular blade. I wanted ...
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Seeding patches in the lawn

I moved into a house a month ago, and am trying to recover the lawn. There are several patches (roughly a square foot each) with no grass at all, just tough soil. There are two large maple trees, so ...
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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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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 can I remediate a lawn that has been attacked by moss?

I am in a rental unit that had an elderly couple as tenants for many years. The outside has been utterly neglected. We have already discovered that the property managers are worse than useless for ...
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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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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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How soon can I apply pre-emergent herbicide after a dormant overseeding?

I live in Ohio and I dormant overseeded in early January. So far, it has worked wonderfully. A lot of the new seed is coming up but some weeds have started to germinate as well. I normally put down ...
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Mysterious brown patch in our lawn

Over the course of 5 days I suddenly have this brown patch in my front lawn. There are no grubs when I dug up the grass and the roots seem strong. I haven't fertilized since the spring. The only other ...
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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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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/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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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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Core aeration vs. liquid aeration

I was planning to rent a core aerator this fall to aerate my 10,000 sq ft lawn in Massachusetts but I stumbled upon a liquid aerator/dethatcher. Does the liquid version actually work or is it sub par ...
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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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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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Looking for input as to next steps for my lawn issue

Hello fellow garden lovers I’ve had my lawn for about 7 years since the turf was laid by the landscaper. Pictures attached. I’ve had a lawn care company attend about 3 times a year to apply feed, ...
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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 ...