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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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Should I roll after seeding lawn?

I'm planning to seed a small lawn section. I've killed all existing vegetation and tilled the soil. I plan to roll (manually with a water filled roller) and level the soil before seeding. Then, ...
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Should I be concerned about this weedy grass popping up in my lawn?

I live in Middle Tennessee and have a fescue lawn that is largely dormant right now, since we've been having 90+ degree F days for the better part of two months straight now. Crab grass is thriving, ...
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Returning a garden paved for 30 years with packed clay below, back to lawn

My new rear garden has had concrete slab paving for decades, resting on heavily packed and deep London Clay soil and a small amount of odd rubble. The paved area measures about 6x7m. The soil under ...
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What are these small black winged insects in my lawn?

I noticed two or three small, black insects tonight while sitting in my lawn, which is presumably where they're coming from. It seems to have wings, and I think it has a sharp thing which resembles a ...
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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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Will Bermuda grass survive in Boston

I live in the Boston metro area, which is a zone 6a/6b. The grass we currently have does not do well in the summer at all. The center of our yard is full sun most of the day and pretty much dies ...
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Hog fuel on newly prepared lawn bed- horrible idea that can be saved?

So not thinking too swiftly, we have just tilled hog fuel (very large shredded bark/wood fibers) into our soil in prep for seeding lawn. This is soil that was previously farm land. We laid down a ...
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How to protect a lawn against frost?

It is winter time in Sydney Australia and the first frost came this morning. Is it true that the sun rises and the frost crystals act like magnifying glasses and that is how the grass is damaged? ...
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What's the difference between drop spreaders and rotary spreaders?

Why are there two kinds of spreaders and which one should I get? This is not a question of product recommendation, but rather, which kind of spreader is more popular and why? Or should I have one of ...
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How to cure brown lawn. Grass stalks look too long

When I try to mow my lawn to a normal shortish height it looks yellow as the stalks (stems)of the grass are too long and the green leaves are cut off. It's there any way to make the grass put it's ...
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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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Mowing 2+ acres of pasture

So I just bought a tiny farm (2+ acres, mostly of pasture land). I rented a flail mower yesterday, but it took a good 7 hours of mowing to get 3/4 of the land done - and the thing bogged down probably ...
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Tilling in oak stump grinding chips for new sod lawn

I have a fair amount of live oak chips/dirt from a stump I just ground. Is it a good idea to till these grind 'spoils' into the dirt of an area we plan on laying new sod into? Will the decomposition ...
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Using rotary and spray sprinklers on the same zone?

In my front yard I have two sprinkler zones. I have all areas working great, except for one area of the yard. The area gets no water and I would like to install a spray head to take care of that. I ...
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Will differently coloured rolls of turf become the same colour over time?

I recently bought some turf rolls and on finding out I didn't have enough, had to panic lay some further rolls from a different vendor. These extra rolls are a deeper green than the originals laid, so ...
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How long should I wait to mow my lawn a second time when I try to avoid cutting more than 30% of the blade in one cutting?

One key principle in maintaining healthy turf is mowing regularly enough that you never cut more than 30% of the blade length in any single cutting. In peak growing season it can be difficult to keep ...
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How to replace lawn with rock garden

I am not a big fan of mowing the lawn, and am planning to cover the current lawn with washed rock completely (also to prevent weed growth). Do I need to prep anything beforehand? Or can I simply ...
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When can you weed and feed new sod?

Two weeks ago I laid down new sod on the lawn. I'm watering it really well, and it is greening up. So far no issues with it. My question is, is it too early to weed and feed it? Note: It is ...
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How to prepare a soil that is compacted and has a lot of rocks

I have a 1 acre area of soil in Upstate NY, The soil has been disturbed from construction, and its full of rocks. How do i clean them and prepare them to grow a lawn/grass.
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How to protect your grass in the winter months

We have a small lawn and very active in the children. In the winter when it is wet the grass is completely destroyed mostly from games of soccer. What can we do to protect the grass other than ...
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Will using dense shade grass seed in a non shaded area cause problems?

I have a lawn that is mostly shaded so I have purchased dense shade grass seed. However, there are parts that get mostly sunlight and little to no shade. If I used the dense shade seed on those areas ...
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How should I handle tall grass patches in my lawn?

I recently purchased a home in January. Now that it's Spring the grass is starting to come through. However, I've noticed a variety of grass patches of different colors and lengths before I mowed for ...
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Do Pine Bark Nuggets stop weeds from growing in a lawn?

I have a bare area in my lawn where weeds grow fast. I want to buy many bags of nuggets to cover the area to stop the weeds. Do pine bark nuggets stop weeds from growing?
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How to kill the long grass in an established lawn?

How to kill long grass in an establish lawn? I went to Home Depot, a stuff said there is no way to kill long grass. The way is to mow the lawn often.
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How to thicken grass

I live in Massachusetts and I'm trying to get my grass greener. My grass has many spots that are thin and light green. Also, there are some spots about the size of a basketball that are just a big ...
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How long do I need to stay off the lawn after applying weed killer?

I have a 17 month old boy that loves to play outside. I just put weed killer down and I didn't see anything on the label saying when it would be safe for kids or pets. How long should I wait before ...
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Weedy uneven lawn with tree stumps: grind, chip, till, roll and reseed?

My sister just bought a place and she's asking for help getting her lawn back in order. I'm not sure the way we've come up with is the best way. Here's my plan of attack. I would appreciate a sanity ...
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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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Can I Spread 24-25-4 Fertilizer Before Laying Sod?

I will be laying sod in the next week and want to put down fertilizer before. Everything I've read calls for a low-high-high fertilizer mix, but the only "starter" fertilizer at my local big box is 24-...
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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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Is this pile of dirt in my grass a sign of a pest?

There is a strange-looking pile of dirt in my lawn that I'd never noticed before, so I'm wondering if it's a sign of a pest, say a mole or some kind of burrowing insect: The patch of dirt is about 4 ...
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How to keep my lawn dry leading up to my wedding?

I'm having a wedding in my backyard a week from now. It's looking like its going to rain during the week and I'm worried about my lawn turning into a swamp. We have a tent for the wedding so we can ...
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How do I prep for tilling over my yard

I'm not a gardener by any stretch so I need some advice and a game plan for a very simple project I have. I have a small front yard (about 70sq ft or so) that recently got partially dug up to repair ...
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How can I ensure my new garden border doesn't tip out like the current one is?

My front flower-bed is separated from my lawn by a row of edging stones about four inches tall half-buried in the soil. Unfortunately, between being hit by the lawn-mower a few times (oops!), being in ...
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Best tool for underground lawn sprinkler system head removal?

My lawn has an underground sprinkler system. Many of the heads are old, leaking, and hard to adjust. So I've been swapping them with Rainbird 5000 series heads. They look like this: Here's the thing. ...
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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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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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Can I add new soil on top of existing lawn without trouble?

I have a very uneven back yard, from a combination of settling, bad maintenance, and a very enthusiastic dog (digger) that a previous owner kept out there. As part of a large backyard landscaping ...
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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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Dying Lawn - brownish/white with moss and clumps

I am trying to figure out what is killing my lawn. The pictures below were taken a few days ago.There is only the one area of this occurring and the yard is about 1/2 acre. The dead area has been ...
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Dead grass in lawn after winter

Where I live, we have a severe rodent problem during the winter, such that when spring comes around, I have little vole/mouse trails in my lawn and patches of dead grass where the rodents had made ...
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Easiest way to remove large amount of leaves from yard

I have a corner lot with several large trees, which makes fall a not so desirable time to work outside. My yard is not large enough to warrant a riding mower, so that idea is out. Here is what I've ...
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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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Is there an organic way to remove wild strawberries from a lawn?

We have a variety of areas in our lawn where the wild strawberries are consistently killing our grass. Is there an organic way to control these? We have been fairly successful at tackling other weeds (...
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Spot application of poison on seed head stalk

Before I go and try to remove a Bahia Grass infestation in my turf, I'm wondering if Glyphosate will be effective if I apply it only along the stalk that the seed-head grows out of? There is a lot of ...
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Lawn options for wooded lot?

I'm looking for options to cover some ground around a cabin we will be building soon. It will be a heavily wooded lot. Don't want to deal with mowing it every week either. I'll have a path that goes ...
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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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How to level an area that was once a vegetable garden?

I have a leveled yard, all except for one area of the yard which was a vegetable garden many years ago. The area is built up with cinder blocks and filled with dirt. How do I remove both to level ...