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Grass and the soil held by the roots. Also known as 'sod'.

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New lawn renovation

I've just bought a house and am trying to renovate the garden lawn. The issue is that the soil is a mix of rocks, bricks, plastic, dead grass, weeds and very dry soil. It seems to be just packed full ...
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Weed control 1 year before installing turf

I want to install irrigation and turf in my backyard sometime next year. Related questions have been asked, but the focus is mostly about soil preparation. In my case, a variety of grassy and ...
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Lawn substitutions for yard with active dogs

We have two active Collies and they are destroying the lawn. I don't like grass that much, and it's not holding up to the abuse, even though it's supposed to be a high traffic grass. They are not ...
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What is this low-growing weed with narrow stems and yellow flowers, and how do I exterminate it?

My lawn is "Blue Couch" (Digitaria didactyla). It's a pretty hardy grass and tolerates most weed killers that you can use on couch grass (Cynodon dactylon, Bermuda). What is this creeping weed that ...
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How can I plant Little Bluestem seeds into burned out turf?

We are converting an area of turf to meadow. The plan is to kill off the lawn grasses and seed in a number of warm season grasses and forbs. The Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) seed is ...
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What's the best way to get turf to grow on stone-filled 1m high gabion retaining garden?

I'm in the UK. We have leveled the bottom of our garden by means of using 1m high gabion baskets filled up with stone, and back filling the whole area again with stone which is about 30m2. The reason ...
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Minimal install of artificial grass for small enclosed pet area

I recently built a small enclosed outdoor area for my cats to enjoy the outside (aka a "catio"). There is a pet door for them to come and go as they please. Human included for scale. We also have a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to channel an electricity cable under the lawn?

I need to channel an electricity (and network) cable under the lawn to an outbuilding. I understand it would be best to shield the cable to stop anyone from danger when digging in the future, but ...
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Should I compact topsoil before laying turf?

We're about to order topsoil and turf. Should topsoil be compacted first, or just leave it loose?
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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 much soil is needed for turf to survive?

Our garden currently has a small gravel border all the way around. When removed it leaves a few inches before it reaches the foundations for the wall. If we were to turf the lawn, after filling the ...
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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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How should I remove Bahiagrass from Blue Couch lawn? (Digitaria didactyla, crab grass)

Now it's warming up substantially in Queensland, my Bahiagrass infestation is becoming apparent. Any tips from removing this from my lawn? It's quite long in sections so I have been able to isolate ...
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Transplanting and dissecting clump grass

I have what looks like perennial growing in a shady(ish) section of my lawn. I'd like to stretch this along the whole shady section to replace the weeds that are growing there. Could I simply pull out ...
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Can I lay new turf on an existing lawn?

Is it feasible to lay new turf on an existing grass lawn? The idea is to completely spike the existing lawn, cover the lawn in lawn dressing, then lay new turf over it.
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Why is it so hard to find pure perennial ryegrass turf seed in Australia?

I recently bought 1KG of tall fescue from a hardware store but I have since realised that I would prefer perennial ryegrass. Why is it so hard to find this in Australia? It's easy to find cool-season ...
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What species is this large clump of lawn grass?

I recently planted tall fescue in the shaded, wet areas of my lawn (mostly around the patio) as the couch grass simply would not grow there. I noticed there was a fine, long, dark green clump grass ...
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Would a rooting compound or hormone speed-up the rate at which sod roots in or improve the quality fo those roots?

I know that at the moment the sod it laid it needs to be watered till squishy - this would probably wash away any additive. But over the subsequent days a solution of either commercial or home-made ...
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New backyard grass

I removed my pool and my backyard is also full of (small) weed. I was thinking or renting a rototiller, till the whole backyard. Level the whole yard (to fill up the pool hole). After I would buy nice ...
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Soil wetting compounds: are they effective?

Crystals, sprays, etc. Are soil wetting products effective to rejuvenate dry sections in a lawn? Any recommendations?
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Why doesn't my turf grow against the exterior wall?

My grass does not grow under the eve of the roof and against the brick wall even though the area receives full sun. Instead, a broadleaf grass intruder has taken over. What is causing this to happen?
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Help me kill this grass

Just wondering what this broad-leaf grass is called and how I can safety remove it from my "Blue Couch" (Digitaria didactyla) lawn. I've seen it take over many people's yards but have never known what ...
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How were estate lawns cared for prior to the popularization of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides?

I'm interested in the following information, and will be happy to follow any leads to good resources for the info: How were they cut? Were they irrigated? Did they fertilize? Did they overseed? ...
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Will pre-germinating grass seed produce a green lawn in less time than just seeding and watering properly?

I have heard and read quite a bit about the benefits of pre-germinating grass seed in terms of getting a lawn growing quicker than it would if you simply seeded. The procedures I've seen involve ...
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Why is the grass under a temporary skating rink green when the rest of the lawn is dormant brown?

We installed a temporary skating rink with a white poly liner early in the winter. Today we drained the water and removed the plastic to find that the grass beneath was bright green. The rest of the ...
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What is the maximum amount (lbs/1000 sf.) of nitrogen that should be applied to turf in the spring?

Assumptions and details: we would apply slow release, predominantly insoluble, organic sources of nitrogen which could include compost, corn gluten meal or any of a number of organic turf fertilizer ...
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What is this grass and how prevalent is vivipary in grasses?

We noticed some seedlings emerging from the flower head of an unidentified grass flower head yesterday. None of us had seen this before and we wondered how common it was and if it is more prevalent ...
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(Artificial) turf vs. (Artificial) grass

What is the difference between turf and grass? Specifically the artificial type. And what is the proper word for the artificial type such as the one used on football fields/tennis courts? Are mixes of ...
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Should turf be laid above, below or flush with existing ground level?

When patching a section of an existing lawn, should the turf be laid a) very slightly above existing ground level (to allow for settling) b) very slightly below existing ground level (to give it ...
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Can my lawn be saved or is it time to dig it up and re-sod?

The majority of the grass in my backyard has turned brown and/or died after what we believe was a chinch bug onslaught that went untreated for way too long. It is St. Augustine grass in South Florida....
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When to lay turf in the UK?

There are many books & websites which will tell me the optimal time of year to lay turf. However, laying turf requires all kinds of preparation, plus you've got to coordinate obtaining the stuff ...
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How often/long should I water my lawn with new turf?

I have some new turf getting rolled within the next few days and have a few questions. How many days out of the week will I need to water until the turf is established? How many minutes per zone ...