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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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Best way to turn a riding mower with chute into a mulcher?

When it comes to using mowers as a mulcher, the only solution I've commonly seen is a mulching plug. It's just a spring-loaded cover that sits flush with your deck, pretty standard I do believe. ...
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What kind of weed is this and how should I kill it in St. Augustine [duplicate]

I tried to take a closeup and a far away view. It looks a lot like the St Augustine but it's clearly not when looking at the root system. Thanks in advance! Edit: I think it might be crab grass. ...
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Young child wants ID for a plant in his school garden

"B" is 4 years old. That is his hand with the coin for size reference. Added 2 pics, and info. Mom said: "The leaves look like grass blades. They're pretty tall and the director said they sprouted ...
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Did I use enough grass seed on my new lawn?

I recently used Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed Sun & Shade Mix to start a new lawn from seed. I believe I followed the application instructions correctly when I sowed the seed 11 days ago, but I'm ...
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How to manage soil high in calcium and sulphur?

I did a soil test of my backyard and am unsure how to proceed with the results. My calcium at ~546ppm is way over. No idea how to lower that or if I should even worry about it. Sulphur is high at ~...
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What weed killer should I use before laying a new lawn?

I have been working on my garden and had to remove trees, bushes, and the old lawn. I am starting to see new shoots coming through the soil. What weed killer do I need before I lay a new lawn?
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How close can lawn be to a foundation?

I have a small front yard (20'x20') and a narrow walkway (5') between the front yard and the back yard. Currently the yard and walkway are a mess of dirt, weeds, roots, rocks, cement, and construction ...
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What kind of grass is this? KBG?

Trying to figure out what this grass is, because I like it. Very soft. I've been cutting my grass @ 3.5" mower height so its seems to get quite matted. Depending on the grass type maybe that's too ...
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Adjust mower blade height in between two height adjustments

I have a Troy-Bilt lawn mower, TB360 (PDF manual). It has 6 height adjustments for the height. I measured the height of each one on a flat surface using a shortened wood paint stirrer and notched the ...
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What is the best way to fix low areas in yard, ponding at times

On the other side of the fence in my neighbors yard is a culvert but I am not positive that I can utilize his yard to help my case. What are my options here?
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What can I use the removed moss from my lawn for?

I have an awful lot of moss in my lawn and I've been raking it out and collecting a lot of it. I've read that it might not be a great idea to put moss in the compost bin and I'm averse to throw away ...
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Do I need to roll the lawn?

My backyard has a turf since 2 years ago, when this model home has been built. However, I think the lawn has not been rolled, as when I walk around the soil is very loose, which I think has led to a ...
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Please help me Identify this weed and what herbicide can I use to get rid of it in St. Augustine Grass

I would like to identify and kill the weed shown in the image below and pointed out by the red arrows. It has very thing leaves compared to the St. Augustine grass and has these puffy type seed ...
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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 to increase Phosphorous, Potassium and Calcium in lawn soil

I recently used my local extension service to do a soil test. I did this before I fertilized for the spring so I got a post-winter reading on the soil. They said my lawn was very low in Phosphorous, ...
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What is considered a low maintenance lawn for the north east?

I've been reading a lot about types of lawn seed and lawn maintenance. It seems like KBG, ryegrass, and tall/fine fescue are the most common blends in the north east. It seems some are better 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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Drought and animal tolerant grass

This past winter our yard, which is frequented by dogs and pastured poultry, turned to a muddy mess. We're looking for a ground cover, probably grass, to try to keep it a bit cleaner. We're also at ...
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How to replace lawn with wildflowers?

We've got a lot of lawn that we don't use (maybe 150x35') and I don't love mowing. (Last year we let this area grow out into 24" tall grasses.) I like the idea of getting a bunch of wildflower mix ...
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What would someone charge for digging 4 inches of dirt/much? [closed]

I need to have 4 inches of dirt and mulch mix dug up across my small approximant 400 sq ft front yard and move gutter drain...I want to know a rough price estimate so I'm not being taken advantage off ...
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Is this an undesirable grass or a weed?

I have some patchy weird grass or weeds growing on my lawn. You can see in a few places in the images below: Picture 1: you can see the longer wider grass blades scattered here. What is this? A ...
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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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What is this grassy weed?

I live in the Nashville, TN area, and I've noticed a particular type of grassy weed starting to pop up in my lawn, now that it's March. I'd like to identify it so that I can learn how to prevent it ...
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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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How can I keep a bischofia tree from coming back after chopping it down?

I removed a large bischofia tree from my yard, which included grinding the large stump down. However I keep seeing sprouts from the tree around the area of the stump grinding and throughout the yard. ...
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How should I water my tall fescue lawn if I want to let it go dormant during the summer months?

If I want my turf type tall fescue lawn to go dormant June-September in transition zone, how often and how much per watering should I give the lawn? I'm in Virginia.
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What are some tight growing ground cover plants as Lawn substitute suitable for SF Bay Area?

I am looking for tight growing (less than 2 inch tall) ground cover plants as Lawn substitute. I live in SF Bay Area (USDA zone: 10, Sunset zone: 17). Full sun (after noon sun, 8 hours). I am ...
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What tools will I need for cultivating an acre of lawn?

I recently bought a place with an acre of lawn in front of my home. It has a natural gravity flow watering system. I want to cultivate nearly all of this for a lawn. Currently growing is what looks to ...
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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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What weed treatment is appropriate for Centipede grass in the winter?

Here on the South Carolina coast, we tend to have long warm and wet spells in December and January. For instance today, 12/28, it's in the low 70's and we've had rain 2 of the last 3 days. We had ...
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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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Will fallen Magnolia seed pods break down naturally if left alone?

I have a massive magnolia tree in my backyard. It's fall, and it has dropped a lot of its seed pods. During the fall there weren't that many, and I just mowed over them and they seemed to disappear. ...
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Microclover Mix Lawns

What has been people's experience with microclover/grass mix lawns? In theory they sound incredible, but I'm afraid that the clover will be so hearty that it will take over the entire lawn. Here's an ...
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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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Are turf blankets useful in fall lawn installation?

We did a complete lawn renovation at a property on Long Island, NY. Due to the owner's schedule, we were delayed in seeding, and it is now November with very little germination across the entire lawn. ...
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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 it be too late to aerate the lawn?

So, it's mid october, the plug-pulling lawn Aerator that I ordered in early august got here today. In the past two weeks, as is pretty normal in my neck of the woods, the weather has looked like this, ...
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What type of weed is this in my lawn?

I've searched a few times trying to identify the week in the picture below. I always find plenty of pictures, but it's photography pictures. rather than weed identification. I just bought my house a ...
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Is a fungus causing dead patches in my lawn?

Here is a picture of part of my lawn after this harsh summer. I am trying to figure out if this is lawn fungus or that the lawn literally burnt to death. Is it fungus that I should use the Scotts ...
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Newly seeded lawn growing unevenly

I seeded the lawn with Tall fescue 12 days ago. We tilled the existing soil, added more soil and compost, seeded and lightly raked the seeds after spreading. I could see grass on the 6th day and it ...
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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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Does it help to bag lawn clippings prior to fertilization?

So I heard from a big-box hardware store that before I lay down fall food, its best to mow with the bag on. Otherwise, I've always heard that I should avoid bagging except in very wet conditions. That ...
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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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Lawn Mower Losing Power, Cutting Poorly

I have an old John Deere 111, circa 1980, that seems to lose power when the blades are under an insignificant load. I'm not cutting very tall or abnormally heavy grass -- just your run of the mill ...
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Need help controlling purslane germinating after seeding new lawn

I recently reworked a small section of my lawn (200 sqft). This work included solarization, tilling in some compost, rolling flat, spreading seed, top dressing with compost and rolling again. With ...
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Tilling a yard to reestablish pleasant plant growth

all. Over the years the backyard has got pretty overgrown with unpleasant plants and such. Weeds, crabgrass, nasty vines, etc. We want to rent a tiller and tear up the first 6-8 inches of growth to ...
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Why does Tenacity® (mesotrione) kill bentgrass but not other grasses?

Tenacity (mesotrione) is used to kill bentgrass, clover, and other non-desirables. I get how an herbicide could selectively kill broadleaf weeds while leaving grasses alone, but how does it manage to ...
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My reseeding lawn is turning yellow

I reseeded my lawn in early May with Scotts sun and shade grass seeds and Scotts turf builder starter 24-25-4. I did second feeding with the same fertilizer On July 2nd. The grass was growing nice ...
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Should I mow my lawn during a drought?

Upstate New York is experiencing a severe drought that I never even thought was possible in what I have always known as a permanently wet and cloudy region. I have left my lawn unmowed for over a ...