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To keep things simple (mainly for my benefit), lets go with: Total lawn area, 1500ft2 Healthy lawn area, 300ft2 Dead lawn area, 1200ft2 Therefore you have an area of 20% "healthy" lawn remaining. Depending on what you read and from where it comes, it's "generally" said it is worth the time and effort to repair a lawn that has 50% to 66.6% healthy lawn ...


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That is annual bluegrass, Poa annua. It grows in lawns during the spring (and/or fall, depending on climate) and causes some very nice lawns to thin out, as it grows very thick and chokes out the lawn grass. The problem with removing it is that this is a grass itself, so you cannot kill it with selective weed killer. This site gives good information on the ...


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I've seen this many times in new subdivisions. The worst was a house with heavy clay soil where a year after the builder left you could still roll up the grass. As you have found grass finds it hard to get roots into a compacted clay subsoil. I assume that you are not able to remove the existing grass and add two to six inches of topsoil. That would ...


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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 comprise a cellular construction, usually made of concrete for heavy duty areas like car parks, and the empty cells are filled with soil and sown with grass. Its a ...


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I don't think there is a solution to "helping the lawn recover" because in this case it is completely dead. There's no way to have a permanent (air-blocking and sun-blocking for more than 1-2 days) structure on top of lawn co-exist with living lawn. So we're not talking recovery but somehow mitigating the appearance of dead lawn, or avoiding having it die at ...


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The label for this product does not recommend applying grass seed until four weeks after the last application. Once this waiting period is up buy or acquire: a big bag of grass seed suitable for the light and soil in your lawn enough compost or top soil to cover the sparse areas to a depth of 1/4" to 1/2" Then Use a rake to open up the soil. Apply grass ...


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This is one job that I get to do quite often each year. Grass doesn't grow as well in wood chips as it does in topsoil, so be prepared for some digging. I find that a pitchfork is often easier to use than a spade shovel. Tree stumps often have a surprisingly high quantity of chips once ground out. Be prepared to take more than an hours work on just this part....


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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 will be lower then the top part of leaves of grass, they are also not so bad, visually/aesthetically speaking. And I find a lot better then wet dirt. I find ...


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I believe what you have there is Yellow Woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta). If it isn't, I'm 90 to 95% certain it's in the Oxalis genus, which Yellow Woodsorrel belongs to... Yellow Wood Sorrel via HerbiGuide (Australia) Yellow woodsorrel via Midwest Sod Council Yellow Woodsorrel via Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide Kudos to Lisa for the local Down Under ...


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I think some lateral thinking is required. I'm going to assume the dog is yours. If not, then you need to look at fencing, calling your city's animal services, etc. Here are the options that come to mind: Train your dog. Despite the proverb, even adult dogs can be trained. When you choose a new dog, try to go for a male. It is a myth that bitches have ...


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I think it's a worthwhile experiment, but there are a few issues with trying to collect seed from your lawn. As mentioned in xpda's answer, stop mowing, let the grass grow tall and make seed. Collect them when they're fully dry. Depending on the type of grass you have, it may get tall before it sets seed. Some types actually form seed while they're still ...


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They sell artificial turf at Lowes, Home Depot, and online. Check the carpet section of your local big box store. Then you won't have to worry about getting dirt in the garage, or house. The newer stuff is far more realistic than the old "Brady Bunch" style artificial grass.


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ground prep is crucial for a new lawn. I assume sod was used in the front for appearance and cost, but the new lawn in the back was a starter blanket for lack of "street view" and return on the cost. Nothing beats sod. Period. I worked installs for landscape construction for nearly 7 years and the ROI on the sod was a bit more upfront for less hassle & ...


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I went to Tractor Supply, a farm store, I'm sure there are others, and bought a 50 Lb bag of oat seed (hull on) for about $14.00. Horses like it. I put a 3/4 cup of seeds in wet dirt in a 12" clay or plastic pot drip tray catcher with some holes drilled in it for drainage. Cover the holes w windowscreen to minimize dirt leakage. Dirt's about 1.5 inches deep. ...


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Your strawberry and veggie patches are almost done for the year where you live, so it seems to me it would be best to tackle them next spring. For now, I would cut down the weeds as close to the ground as possible, but not worry about getting rid of them altogether. In the spring, when the strawberries (and weeds) start coming back, you'll be able to hand ...


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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 if there are dips in the ground. I think for 250sq/ft, which is around 16'x16', you can man up with a shovel and a pickmatic. Figure out where you want to have ...


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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 of knowledge. Quackgrass is a tough competitor. There are no selective herbicides that can kill it without killing the lawn grass, and as you've discovered ...


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Below are a few quotes from this answer I posted here on SE. Hopefully you find them of some benefit: Seeing as my lawnmower is a mulching mowing, I leave all the grass clippings on the lawn (free, natural fertilizer), except with first cut and last cut of the season. I collect up those cuttings and dispose of them via a community yard waste pile. ...


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It's probably easier to buy it than get the seeds from the grass. To harvest the grass seed you need to stop mowing it and let it "go to seed", or let seeds form when the grass gets tall. After they've dried out and turned brown (depending on the grass), you can shake the tops of the grass stalks and the seeds will fall off.


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First, I was going to post a similar question, as I would also love to be made aware of a magic bullet for dealing with crabgrass. I'm guessing, I have fairly similar (weather) conditions as yourself, but even hotter & humid summers = Mid-West (St Louis Missouri). Now let me get this "bad" piece out of the way, and I mean no offence by it, it's just my ...


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That is tall fescue, a common lawn grass in cool region areas. I found the answer by planting different grass seed types until I found one that matched.


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A couple of suggestions based on the info you've provided. First, you can try flame weeding. (If your liner is very shallow (sounds like it is), you may want to skip this -- or at least test a small area to see if it is going to melt the liner.) Read the directions! The objective is simply to scorch the leaves of the weeds so that it dries up and dies. You ...


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Black walnut gives off juglone, which is a chemical that makes it hard for other plants to grow. Unfortunately, a quick search indicates that there aren't any native grasses that are juglone resistant, e.g. Mr. Smarty Pants at wildflower.org. Zoysia might work, but it doesn't sound like that's a clear winner either, and it grows best in USDA zones 6-9, ...


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Spring and fall are excellent times to over seed with new grass seed. You can improve the success by top dressing with 1/4" to 1/2" of compost or good weed free soil. by top dressing you hide the seeds from hungry birds and keep it moister to improve germination less watering is required in spring and fall as the temperatures are cooler That being said, ...


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Well a trimmer won't destroy the lawn but it won't do a good job. It is difficult to keep the trimmer head at exactly the same height. Try this: Use a sharpener on the blades, even sandpaper will help. oil all the moving parts of the mower, WD40, lubricating oil or whatever comes to hand Do wear protective gear when using a trimmer. Gloves and glasses ...


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I see a problem with the size of the area. No groundcover will be so thick it will choke out grass or other wind borne seeds. After a while you will be looking at weeding and with the size of the area this means wading in. Tough... White clover is an excellent idea from @woodchips. I have used it to open up and enrich thick clay soil. There are other ...


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If you are going to water after a period of stress then you need to keep watering it to keep it green during the summer. Grass has no problems going dormant in the summer but the turf opens up for weeds to get a hold. If you want to keep your lawn to a high percentage of grass and low amount of weeds then it needs to be watered during dry periods otherwise ...


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It's for real, and it's not just a new notion. Foreclosures and drought probably have something to do with just how trendy it is right now. The first link below is to a July 2012 article that appeared in Business Insider. The second is to the website of a group formed in San Antonio due to "overwhelming foreclosures and drought." "The US Drought Is So ...


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Composting Pros: germicide. Cons: it take times, some clover seeds can germinate after composting and it is not suitable for large gardens. Herbicides (Postemergent) Pros: As per @J. Musser 's suggestion > quick; especially on rocky and hard soil. Cons: all derivated from herbicide use and clovers may regrow. Herbicides (Preemergent ) Pros: quick method ...


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If you are in a place that's so consistently cold that it occurs to you to set up a backyard skating rink that means it gets really cold throughout the winter. What the ice and plastic has done is insulated the grass below from the wind and colder temperature. It may seem counter intuitive but the ice was actually helping keep the cold wind from lowering the ...


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