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Why are there yellow areas in my lawn?

The yellow stuff by the street looks like chemical damage, probably road salt like Jurp mentioned, not a surprise Bermuda-grass infestation like I originally suspected. The backyard looks like a ...
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Why are there yellow areas in my lawn?

Based on your photos, I can speculate that photo 1 shows a poor use of road salt by your municipality and/or the homeowner—it looks like a snowplow accidentally dumped too much by the driveway and ...
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Lawn: Newly sown turf grows at least twice as fast as the "old" turf

"Fixes:" wait a year and see if it's anything more than new-ness. dig up and reseed the "old" lawn with the "new" seed. One of these is a lot less work than the other......
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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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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 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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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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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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Is there any harm in burying a cable 6-10 inches under the lawn?

My cable supplier replaced my failing line this way. Slit trench, drop and close. Grass showed no harm at all. However, fast and easy practices have their cost as you will note in the comments If ...
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Filling low spot in yard

Cut it into strips with a sharp spade, roll it up and level out the soil. Then relay the original turf, or if you have spare change then buy some new turf. Actually, you might want to relay the ...
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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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How to deal with water pooling on lawn

One sure fire way to quickly move the water away from that area is to install a French Drain. Drainage problems near to your foundation (you say it's by your patio, so I'm not sure how close that is ...
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Growing a healthy lawn

I am having a similar issue with my lawn but at a smaller scale compared to yours. In my case I suspect the ground has gotten hard and preventing the grass from spreading there. I loosened up the soil ...
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DIY fertilizing vs. Tru-Green

It is a subjective question, but the answer depends on a few things: How extensive the weeds are. If your judgment is that they are extensive, then you want to consider drastic measures, including ...
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What possible reasons could the previous owner have for burying chicken wire under the lawn?

Were they dog owners? It appears to be some sort of old wives tale that they would stop digging if chicken wire were laid down. Another application possibility appears to indicate they can keep ...
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How do I have grass regrown on a lawn without restricting traffic?

Best bet would be to use one of the many "lawn traffic grid" products, in either cement or plastic, but that would be better done through or with the cooperation of the "authorities" than otherwise. ...
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Glyphosate accident on lawn, how to repair?

Well, firstly, next time you want to weed, do it the old fashioned way, with a garden fork or hoe, and second, it's best to read the instructions on the products you use. As for the grass, I'd do ...
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Take care of gap in lawn before winter or wait until spring?

Leave it as is until sod is available in the spring. Just don't walk in that area during winter, to avoid soil compacting. In spring, some minor work will be needed to prepare the area for sod, but ...
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order of actions to revive and maintain (or re-purpose) abandoned orchard

In dealing with an overgrown or neglected orchard, assuming that "orchard" fits what you want to do, major pruning is almost always needed. Ripping it all out is likely to be a step backward unless ...
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What is the best way to de-weed a lawn?

I take it you did not read the label on the Roundup Path Weedkiller, which states quite clearly 'do not use on lawns'...so that's the first lesson, read labels and instructions! Unfortunately, now ...
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