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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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How can I repair the short patches in my lawn?

My grass is growing quite unevenly before and after scarifying, over-seeding and watering and I'm looking for advice on what to try next. We own a new build property in the UK with clay-like soil. We ...
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Why is this small section of my lawn brown?

This is the access area to the septic. HOWEVER, just two weeks ago this was green and overgrown. Tank was pumped out last year. I live in New England, temp as been mostly average, watering 3 times/wk, ...
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Should new lawn mower buyers purchase an electric lawn mower instead of a gas-powered lawn mower?

It seems like the world is transitioning to electric. Cars used to have carburetors. Then fuel injectors came along. People began buying cars with fuel injectors because they're superior. Now electric ...
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How can I save my garden?

My garden has slowly turned into a wild garden with more weeds than grass. The weeds were flowering yellow before I cut last week (I now wish I had taken a photo!). Its small - 7x4 metres. Is there ...
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Looking for suggestions on whether I should tear up this lawn or try to condition it

I have a front lawn that needs some major help. Trying to determine if I need to tear it up or try to condition it. I have a skunk that is digging small holes, but when I dig for grubs I don't find ...
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Safe options for sandfill for synthetic turf?

I purchased some synthetic turf, just for a small area (approx 2x1m), and when reading the instructions it mentioned about needing to use dried silica sand as the sand infill. Because I was having ...
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Good spreader for peat moss

I'm just wondering if anyone has a good suggestion for an affordable spreader that would work to distribute peat moss? I'm reseeding my lawn, and it's good to spread a fine layer of peat moss over it ...
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About removing mulch

We just bought a house with a big front and backyard most of which is covered by newly laid mulch/wood chips. There also seems to be a layer of plastic underneath this layer of mulch. The house has ...
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How can I help a newly sprouted seed lawn compete with faster growing clover?

I have exciting new grass seedlings sprouting, some weeds appear to be gaining: My basic questions: Is it better to manually pull the oxalis, or let the grass try and compete? If I pull, how much ...
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automower in the frost

I have a robotic lawnmower and recently ran it when the grass was white with frost. Now there are some tracks where the grass looks black and almost burned, only where the wheels went. What is causing ...
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How to build an inconspicuous border so my future clover lawn does not encroach on my neighbor's grass?

I am thinking to leave a grass boarder about 2/3 the width of a standard lawn mower between properties. Then, with clover on the inside and grass on the other, install green plastic edging similar to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 lawn 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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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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