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Clay soil is often a nigtmare for lawns. They're dense, compact and have associated problems with root integrity for grass. Top soil must be pretty thick for a good lawn, but the real strategy is breaking up that clay. Unlike trees or woody plants, Grass doesn't have a deep taproot, grass produces a horizontal root called a "Rhizome" it's ...


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3/4 of an acre is over 32,000 sq feet. For a patch that large a riding mower is probably the best bet. If that's beyond your budget a typical gas powered push mower is more prevelent. With a 38 inch wide cutting berm with an average push speed of 2-3 feet per second you'll be out there for over 90 minutes. SMALL zero turning radius riding mower is probably ...


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Regardless of mower type, you should never cut more than one third of the grass blade. Mowing any more than 1/3 of the grass blades damages the lawn. Known as “scalping” a super short cut looks cool on a golf course, but they have the resources to take care of the grass well. It makes the yard more prone to weeds, and forces the grass to focus on regrowing ...


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The crabgrass makes your situation a little harder to deal with, since the easiest way to prevent them (by applying a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring) will also prevent grass seed from sprouting). The other weeds are less of a problem. For the crabgrass patches, I recommend that you: Do not use a mulching mower on those patches until you finish step 2. ...


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Another philosopy to consider is that one person's weedy lawn is another person's wildflower meadow. Instead of expending money, effort and chemicals on getting rid of "weeds", regard the "weeds" as wild flowers and manage your lawn as a meadow. At its most basic, this involves regularly mowing a network of grassy paths and cutting the ...


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If you have a yard that's more weeds than grass, it's best to start over. Till the area with the highest concentration of weeds and put down sod.


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Was your contractor supposed to landscape the site with "good black dirt"? If so, he didn't. It looks like you've been given, at best, fill soil. It's predominantly clay (about 87% of the soil particles are "fine", which means they're very, very small. This indicates a clay soil), with the remainder being sand and gravel. The gravel could ...


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If you have a good soil base, the roots of your grass should extend down a foot deep or more. Grass stores water, so healthy grass should have plenty of water storage. Water your lawn in the morning. If it's very hot, water again after noon.


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dandelions and clover are harmless for lawns, if anything they're beneficial. Dandelions have big tap roots, which dig into compacted soils and bring nutrients to the surface. Clover is in the Pea (Fabaceae) family and is a nitrogen fixer In fact having these in your lawn is indicator your soil is compacted and nitrogen deficient.


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