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How can I strengthen a part of lawn that is sometimes driven over by cars?

There is a lawn reinforcement solution, but it requires work to fit it. There are products generally known as cellular grass pavers - they are often found in places like hospital car parks and ...
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How can I strengthen a part of lawn that is sometimes driven over by cars?

I would put some stones, so that they lift most of the weight of cars, additionally they help the car to move without slipping, so making a lot less damages to the nearby grasses. Because the stones ...
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Garden Bin full of decomposed grass... is this compost? Can I apply it to the dead patches of my lawn?

It's not compost, it's anaerobic liquid sludge, likely with a very high excess nitrogen content which is presenting itself as a horrible ammonia smell. You've got two choices - you can either add lots ...
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What kind of grass is this, and how can I keep it out of my garden

With those long underground rhizomes (the thick white runners you see) and upright growth this appears to be quackgrass (Elymus repens). Unfortunately, controlling it isn't much easier with that bit ...
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How does one maintain a crisp lawn edge?

There is no one "right way" to create and maintain a crisp lawn edge. When I was much younger than I am now, I did exactly what you are doing, except I used a flat spade to cut the edge and ...
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What's the best way to remove grass/topsoil to prepare for grading?

It depends on whether you want to keep the sod or no and if the ground is already pretty flat. I haven't used a sod cutter, but I think the ground has to be fairly level. I don't think it works well ...
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Microclover Mix Lawns

Microclover (Trifolium repens var.pirouette) is a selection from the original white clover (Trifolium repens). It was bred and selected for its much smaller leaves, lower height, much less aggressive ...
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What's the best way to eliminate the moss in a shady, damp area of my lawn?

Since you are a renter, I would suggest embracing the moss as a short green groundcover that tolerates the conditions, since grass won't, and as a renter you can't solve the conditions that favor moss ...
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Uses of the scythe in a modern garden

I have one, bought last year. It's far more pleasant to use (quiet, not covered with green goo from head to toe) than my string trimmer, and also much easier to be selective with. Works far better ...
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Help identifying fern-like plant

I think it could be a baby conifer tree. Those seem to have multiple bright green cotelydons and look sort of like that. I found a couple of pictures on the internet that didn't look exactly like the ...
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What is the best type of grass for high-wear areas in England, and how to use?

You need to buy sports grade grass seed - this is the most hardwearing mix of seeds. Where there are large bare areas, you will need to cordon those off to keep the children out until it's grown - ...
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Mice eating sown grass seed

That is not so small an area. Four square meters ~= 43 Square feet I would just sod this and have the job finished in a few hours. A typical sod roll measures 24" x 81" or 2 ft x 6.75 ft. Each roll ...
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What kind of grass is this, and how can I keep it out of my garden

In the UK it's called "couch grass", or (possibly a dialect word) "twitch." The bad news is, there is no "cure" except total extermination. Digging up the turf to a depth of 5 or 6 inches and ...
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Killing thick grass in flower bed by layering with plastic bags

You could, but it would eventually become kind of a mess. The plastic bags will break apart over time, and the compost will break down, so in a few years time you'll likely have shredded plastic bag ...
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How to replace lawn with rock garden

Simply putting down rock will not stop vegetation growth. To attempt to eliminate all vegitation growth you need to: Remove the sod and top soil Spray the area with pre-emergent vegitation stopper ...
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Microclover Mix Lawns

I have no idea about "microclover" which sounds like a hokey marketing term, but I have been putting Dutch white clover in lawns for decades and it works just fine, unless you are one of those folks ...
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Help identifying this perennial grass-like plant

This is Galanthus nivalis and it grows from perennial bulbs, that's why it comes back every year. If you want it to spread, separate the bulbs every few years. If you want to get rid of it, dig out ...
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Should I leave or remove sand under a demolished brick walkway to allow grass to grow?

Just put the topsoil over the sand and seed it. The earthworms, and other dirt fauna will eventually mix it together. It wouldn't hurt to mix it yourself perhaps with a hoe, but it's not really ...
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I mulched before grass seed, is that a mistake? + how to fix?

I'm still not sure what mulch you're using. My answer is likely going to be the same but I'd be interested to see pictures of it as I've never heard of an organic gass seed starting mulch. Grass seed ...
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How to replace lawn with rock garden

I did what you are planning to do about seven years ago. I followed the ideas ArchonOSX lists but used pea stone gravel. So the soil profile from bottom to top is: compacted soil heavy duty ...
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Uses of the scythe in a modern garden

Until last year I have thought that scything is done only by old people in rural areas (in Romania, a country in Eastern Europe). To my surprise, when I got an awful allergy from some plant I didn't ...
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What is this short grassy plant with narrow, furry looking flower plumes? Is it safe for a cat to eat?

I suspect this grass belongs to the genus Pennisetum. Pennisetum setaceum is a likely candidate; this species is an ornamental grass which is now considered a weed in many parts of Australia (and the ...
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Glyphosate accident on lawn, how to repair?

I suggest option Get a sharp spade and cut off some of the burned grass. In other words, go and edge the lawn, but in a way that removes the damaged grass. This gives you a slightly wider flower bed ...
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What's the best way to eliminate the moss in a shady, damp area of my lawn?

Unfortunately, there isn't an easy long term answer - the reason there's moss there is because of the conditions you describe - shady and damp. What happens over time is, the moss takes over, grass ...
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Can I Till Existing Grass Before Laying Sod?

Yes, you can indeed till right into the grass and not dig it up. Just understand that there is a good chance that the grass can get tied up like hair in a motor (If that made any sence). Done this ...
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How should I handle tall grass patches in my lawn?

I'd simply mow it a few more times before freaking out and "weeding" it out. It may just be yellow now because it was taller before you mowed, so the lower parts were more shaded. Could be those ...
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How can I fix my garden turf?

I think that the problem is that you don't have a layer of thatch built up yet. Most lawns have too much thatch and they have to work on removing it. If you can just stay the course, I think that it ...
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Weed that looks like grass

Get a little bottle of roundup and a pair of rubber gloves. Carefully wet your glove covered fingers and stroke a bit of glyphosate/roundup onto the leaves of this...crab grass. It will take a few ...
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What would be a good grass, available in seed, to plant for ground cover in a forest?

Carex pensylvanica seed is available in quantity at Prairie Moon Nursery. The species is difficult to germinate, the cost is considerable at $300 per ounce of approximately 30k seeds, and the plant is ...
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