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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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New lawn not rolled, just mud

The contractor we used did not level the 4 to 6 inches of topsoil after seating. Because our property is sloped the grass is now almost 6 inches high, but we cannot get on it to mow it because you ...
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Please help me identify this weed and what herbicide I can use to get rid of it in St. Augustine Grass

I have this weed taking over a spot in my St. Augustine grass. What is it and how should I get rid of it. Warm climate in South Florida. It seems to have small blueish flowers and the roots are ...
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How do I pick the right type of grass for my lawn?

I'm trying to pick a type of grass for my backyard lawn. I've researched some on Wikipedia such as: Kikuyu grass: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennisetum_clandestinum Kentucky Bluegrass: https://en....
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What did people whack weeds with before weed-whackers?

For a variety of reasons (poor outdoor storage, limited outlets, etc...) I do not want to get a gas or electric weed whacker, so I started to think of other options for maintaining the parts of my ...
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Does leaving the grass trimmings raise the lawn?

If I cut my lawn with a bio cutter, and therefore leave the grass trimmings on the lawn. Will the dirt level raise over time? My concern is if the dirt level will go above the side walk tiles, as my ...
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Which NPK range are lawn starter fertiliser?

When watching videos on YouTube they talk about lawn starter fertilisers, where it is important to use such when seeding, so the new seeds doesn't burn. But what NPK range are considered to be lawn ...
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Rolling a lawn "sports field" in late July due to ruts caused by lawn mowers cutting too soon after a heavy rain, 8 ton roller bad idea?

the weight of the roller is way too heavy, the grass is perennial rye and kentucky blue. the soil is predominantly clay with several years of top dressing using mushroom compost and a course sand core ...
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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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Patches of weedy grass in lawn

I have at least a dozen areas in my lawn that have these longer patches of grass. It's clearly a different species than the rest of my lawn, but I don't know why it keeps popping up. It grows 2x/3x ...
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What is your experience in building a sand pit?

I am planning to build a sand pit in my backyard. The area measures 200 sq. ft. What do you suggest is the the best approach in preparing the area, choosing the sand, how much sand to use, and laying ...
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Please explain how leaving turf 1/8" longer equals 30% increase in leaf area

A number of eco-friendly turf management sources say something along the lines of Increasing grass height only 1/8 inch adds about 300 square feet more energy-collecting leaf surface for each 1,...
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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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Looking for the best ways to clear a lot of dirt off the top of a lawn grown with Zoysia

This afternoon, I had an excavation on my lawn to replace a sewer pipe. While they did the best they could, my lawn is still heavily covered with dirt from the initial dig. What are the best ways to ...
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How do I rid my lawn of onion grass

I have onion grass all over my lawn and the lawn reeks of onion when mowing. I have been told that pulling them up should NOT be done because if you accidentally leave even the smallest part of the ...
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Yellowing grass on lawn

Over the past month my lawn has changed from a consistent luscious green to yellow. I have an irrigation system that runs for about 10 mins 3x a week. And I fertilize according to the 4x/year schedule ...
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What is the cause of these round holes in my yard, potentially snakes?

I noticed round holes in my lawn over the last few days. My neighbor thinks they are snake holes. He is just taking a wild guess per his own admission. I am in Maryland and we have had a lot of rain ...
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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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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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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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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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High Sulfur and alkaline pH on Soil Test for Bermuda Lawn

I did a My Soil Savvy test on my Bermuda lawn (Phoenix, AZ) and the Sulfur was 42.90ppm with a recommendation of 6-12. The test also showed my pH at 7.14. Any ideas on how to reduce the sulfur and ...
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Treat Grubs this late in fall? (Maryland)

I've read conflicting things about whether you should apply Grub control products in Fall. It's likely insecticide companies trying to sell more insecticide. I'm sure the spring is a better time to ...
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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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Seeding grass with milorganite

I used weed killer almost 2 weeks ago and I think I am ready to seed and fertilize. My yard is around 9.000 sq ft and backyard gets lots of sun light but my trees block the half part so half part is ...
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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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What are these white fuzzy growths on the soil of my lawn?

This morning, at about 11am, I went outside and found white fuzzy patches growing on the exposed soil of my lawn in a shady spot (in north-west England). It does not appear to be on the grass itself. ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Repaired patches in my lawn, fantastic growth, but all died in the first week without rain

This spring I overseeded patches in my lawn, it was great because right after overseeding there was a period of about a month with daily rains. The results were fantastic, everything grew perfectly. ...
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Are there benefits to changing the direction you mow a lawn?

This is one of those ancient bits of "wisdom" I vaguely recall from my childhood; and now that I have a lawn which seems quite happily established, I'm looking into keeping it that way. So, I want to ...
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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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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 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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What equipment to use for a large garden/lawn?

I've got a battle raging with about 1.5ha (4 acres) of grass. So far, the grass is winning. Scattered through the grounds there are a few old buildings, multiple fruit trees and many berry bushes. In ...
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Dry & sandy bare spots [closed]

I have very dry sandy soil. Even though I have irrigation, I overseed and aerate each year, some places just will not fill in. Can these places be sodded?
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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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If I just leave dandelions and clover in my lawn, what problems may happen?

There is a lot of advice on the internet about getting rid of dandelions and clover from a lawn: chemical herbicides, manual digging, organic weed remedies. I live in Denver, Colorado, USDA zone 5. I'...
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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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Cheapest and easiest ways to level my lawn

I bought this house 2 years ago, and one annoying aspect of it is that the garden 'slopes' towards the rear - see below This is becoming a problem now as I want to build a climbing frame for my son ...
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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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Steps to renovating a lawn completely?

I bought a new home with a moderate size (90x40 ft) back yard. Unlike the front lawn, the back has never been planted and is pretty much home to weeds, aside from a small maple tree. Last year I paid ...

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