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What are the Coldest Spring Temperatures to Overseed a Lawn?

Dormant Overseeding! Read about it. Do it. I live in Ohio and the freeze thaw cycle that heaves the ground up and down pulls the seed down into it for great soil contact. Followed by wet springs......
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How can I drain water from a low spot in my garden when I have no lower spot to drain to?

All you need is a spade and a large plastic bucket like you buy drywall or paint in. This is a variation on a french drain and will not provide relief against the "one in a hundred year storm" but ...
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Should I overseed this overgrown lawn?

Sure! You can reseed that. Wait till the ground is going to stay drained.Grass will germinate and grow fast in wet conditions, but then if you walk through, or mow, it will lie down and rot. Because ...
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What are these plants growing on my lawn?

How I envy you. To get this plant to grow in my garden I have to buy bulbs and nurture them along. This plant is the yellow trout lily, Erythronium americanum, a native bulb and a real treasure. ...
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Should I aerate, or aerate and seed, my lawn? Can I do it myself?

With only a 1/3 of an acre of land I personally would aerate it myself, many rental shops allow you to rent a machine for a day for less than $100. Stay away from the "aeration shoes" though as they ...
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How can I deal with broken glass spread out in my yard?

There isn't an easy answer - you need to rake off all areas, scraping up as much glass as possible, probably more than once, and then dispose of it. If you try dumping topsoil or laying new sod, those ...
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Aerate, de-thatch & overseed. Is this really the correct order?

I always dethatch first. That will create a clearer path for the other equipment, and make it a lot easier for the slicer overseeder. As for the other two, I like to run the aerator first, to avoid ...
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How can I drain water from a low spot in my garden when I have no lower spot to drain to?

One other option would be to work with what you have, rather than trying to drain the water away. You could put in a tree or a bed of plants that can tolerate having wet feet after a rain. They will ...
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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 should I do about bare patches in my lawn after killing off Creeping Charlie?

You must not use Scotts Weed and Feed formulation now for two reasons - one, you've already applied a weedkiller to the entire lawn, and one of the active ingredients, 2,4D, is present in both ...
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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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Growing a healthy lawn

For the shaded areas try a blend which has high portion of fescue grasses and consider trimming a few branches to reduce the shade. IMHO patch packs are a waste of money. They typically have less ...
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What possible reasons could the previous owner have for burying chicken wire under the lawn?

My guess is for moles and other critters. If it is true your neighbor wanted no mounds, trees, or other deformities in her lawn, she may have been preventing critters from digging into the yard. So ...
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What possible reasons could the previous owner have for burying chicken wire under the lawn?

I had an idea that planting lots of crocus in the back yard lawn would look beautiful in spring. The local squirrels and chipmunks agreed that this was a wonderful idea and as soon as I planted a ...
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What are the benefits of dethatching your lawn?

Thatch is an accumulation of dead organic debris that has not yet been decomposed that builds up between the soil and live grasses. St. Augustine is known for thatch buildup. This buildup blocks ...
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Should I aerate, or aerate and seed, my lawn? Can I do it myself?

First, that looks cheap, to me. I would expect at that price to be getting a half-job, not a high quality one. I think doing it yourself is far better. As Phlume says (rightly), The machine you ...
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How to know how much weight I need in a lawn roller?

A lawn roller is not intended to be used for flattening out a bumpy lawn - I quote directly here from D. G. Hessayon's The Lawn Expert "the purpose of a roller is to firm the surface of an already ...
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How often should you overseed a lawn?

Well it all depends on what kind of lawn you want and the effort you want to put into it. If your ambition is to have Perfect grass: perfectly flat, no weeds, no dead spots then over seed twice a ...
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What to do to the dry grass that is not allowing new grass to grow?

It's still pretty early in the growing season (in the Northern hemisphere), so the thatch may not have had sufficient time to break down and give way to the new growth. But from the look of your ...
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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 overseed this overgrown lawn?

Short answer, no, because that looks like a typical neglected UK garden to me, seen plenty like this in my time ... though I could be wrong! Assuming it is a UK garden, the procedures required are ...
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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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My Lawn has a Hard Spot where Grass doesn't Grow

Well, how about the old fashioned detective way as recommended by Ecnerwal? Take a spade and start digging in the problem area. Grass needs six inches of good topsoil and drainage to do well. If ...
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What lawn care steps should I take?

I am on the west coast but can tell you what I do. I remove weeds manually (it is more work but I avoid chemicals in the process) by pulling them out. Also, at the beginning of spring, I fertilize ...
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How to deal with water pooling on lawn

Add organic matter. Whether you are trying to get a heavy clay soil to drain better, or light sandy soil to retain water and nutrients, one of the surest ways of improving your soil is to add organic ...
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How to deal with water pooling on lawn

I've had a similar problem. As I see if you have these choices: Reduce the source of the water. In my case, run-off from a nearby shed was adding to the volume of rainwater - guttering on the shed ...
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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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For a patchy lawn, is it better to apply pre-emergent or a lawn patch kit in the spring?

I am very familiar with cool season grass mix lawns, not so much with warm season grasses. I've never heard lawns having both types. One is a cool season grass (Fescue) which can go dormant in the ...
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How can I get rid of the moss growth on my lawn, and improve its overall health?

Now I can see the images, a few things.There is not much moss, but there is dog lichen and what looks like new thistle growth coming through - either that or some kind of lichen growth, but if it ...
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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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