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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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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 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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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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How do I keep "cat grass" alive?

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 ...
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What is the safest weed killer to use around a toddler?

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 ...
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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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Why is the grass under a temporary skating rink green when the rest of the lawn is dormant brown?

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 ...
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How should I fill and reseed shallow depressions in my lawn?

I think you'd be better off (less TOTAL work) just filling in the holes gradually. Put 1/4" of soil in the deepest parts. Level it out with a fairly small rake (back of an actual rakehead or short ...
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What kind of grass can grow up in water

While there are grasses that grow submerged or partially submerged, the picture you provided is not one of them. Your picture depicts a bouquet arrangement. It may be very simple and only include ...
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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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How to collect your own grass plugs?

Lots of fancy grasses are sold commercially as plugs. To harvest them they use what looks like a lawn aerator but about 1" to 1.5" in diameter. To cut plugs like for your purpose you need to make a ...
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Can reel mowers be used to cut wet grass?

In theory, yes, but the usual problem encountered is slipping and skidding on the grass as you push it along, often causing muddy slicks to appear. At worst, pushing it along might make grooves in wet ...
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Can reel mowers be used to cut wet grass?

Working in Landscape Maintenance in the Northwest US with lots and lots of rain, well, rain and wet couldn't come between my crews and their routes. We used hydro static gas mowers for traction more ...
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Is there any reason not to mix warm and cool season native grasses?

I am going to say that there is really no reason not to blend them. Will one out perform the other? Possibly, but then you know you have the variety better suited to the conditions that grass finds ...
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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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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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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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Should I rototill compost into existing barren soil before planting drought-hardy grass?

You need to dig it into the soil, by rototilling if that's your choice. If you don't, you'll have a nutrient, humus rich layer on top of solid clay, which will act as a pan and create a drainage ...
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How to reseed grass after killing weeds?

If the "lawn" is more weed than grass, I would kill everything and start over. If you take that option, Ortho is the wrong product because it isn't supposed to kill grass. A review on Amazon.com ...
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Landlady prohibits removal of gravel, is it possible to grow grass on top?

I'd be surprised if the law for tenants over isn't the same as the US but over here you have to abide by the landlords wishes when it comes to making improvements to the property, period. This ...
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Why doesn't my turf grow against the exterior wall?

It's hot and dry under the eaves. Walls of the house radiate heat and the eaves prevent all but slanting rain from wetting it. Chances are good the soil is also more compacted. With a different ...
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What are the benefits of solarization?

Solarization is a combination killer by smothering and intense heat. This may work to kill your crabgrass, but some of it may still survive even this harsh treatment. Crab grass may even grow through ...
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Basic lawn profiling

A thorough job starts underneath the grass. Turf grows best and can better withstand lower light with a good soil that is drained. take a spade and cleanly cut out a one foot (30 cm) square of turf ...
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