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3 minutes ago, Kype said:

i must of hit a soft spot. 

my yard is small so i do care what it looks like. if i had a larger lawn maybe i wouldnt care as much. but being the space i do have, i would like it to be nice. 

no soft spot - I guess my mentality changed over the years.   When I lived in Summit - kept up with the jones's, had a great yard did it all myself not a weed and kept it watered. Had town water.   Having a well for drinking water, with tons of wildlife around - let it be is all I am saying. Very liberating to not have to think about it.        PH, fertilizer, weed killer and water along with aeration will give you a dream lawn for sure.   

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4 minutes ago, Kype said:

i must of hit a soft spot. 

my yard is small so i do care what it looks like. if i had a larger lawn maybe i wouldnt care as much. but being the space i do have, i would like it to be nice. 

Hey it’s your lawn, do what the hell you want with it. Don’t let anyone “lawn shame” you! 😁

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2 minutes ago, OldPiney Woods said:

I totally agree with bowhunter. As long as it is green and no bare spots let whatever wants to grow there grow. All those chemicals you could put down not only hurt the environment especially since you border a trout stream, but they can hurt your family. 

im far enough, and high enough not to harm the trout stream. and im on city water. no well here. 

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I had terrible grass when I moved in to my home in 2012. I used the Scott’s step program after I moved in. Grass after 2 years looked great up until last summer. Crabgrass was popping up and patches of dead spots. I had the grass aerated for first time last feel along with overseed and this spring grass looks great. I switched to Lebanon pro fertilizer which is 1/4 price of Scott’s and can follow the program. So far grass looks great. This fall I plan on aerating again and overseed once more. After that I’ll only aerate and overseed every few years. 

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Most dead spots folks see on there lawns they first think its not getting enough water round dead spots are usally dollar spot  or red thread  , this type of fungus only kills the blade of grass , it will come back the  worst its pythium blight this kills the roots an will wipe out a lawn in a few days.

 

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I have my soil tested in spring then treated by Tru-Green. Secret is cut high, have correct PH, water and overseed in the fall.. 

It looks good until my boys ride the quads on it.. Then you know..

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24 minutes ago, OldPiney Woods said:

I totally agree with bowhunter. As long as it is green and no bare spots let whatever wants to grow there grow. All those chemicals you could put down not only hurt the environment especially since you border a trout stream, but they can hurt your family. 

forgot about him living so close to a great trout stream!  No way would I do anything but water, aerate, organic fertilizer and lime...  No chemicals please Kype!  Accept the weeds, do all you can without chemicals.  If anyone saw the choked out algae bloom near Keyport on the fluke opener - no way that was "natural".   All the chemlawns and run-off caused it. 

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I also like my lawn to look nice, at least after I cut it!!!  I have 5 kids, always at least 2 dogs, chickens and goats in the yard, so stopped doing the chemical crap 15 years ago.  Clover is soft under foot and brings the bees around to pollinate flowers and garden.   Does it match the neighbors? Nope, but I also dont worry about my kids or animals getting sick from it.  Years ago the chemical guy who does the neighbors came over and asked me about treating my law .  I said no thanks as I have kids and animals.  He said it is completely safe.  I asked why are you wearing gloves over your elbows and hip boots while applying? He left.  

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My neighbors on both side of me pay for their lawns and a few neighbors across the street. They all have sprinkler systems and same landscaper. Lawns look great until we get a heat wave. Even though they have sprinklers.  My lawn is crab grass. I keep it cut, weed whacked and edge the side walks drive way and curbs. My crab grass burns worse than their lawns but one good rain it looks great again. They ask me all the time what’s my secret. In my opinion it’s about the edging and just keeping manicured. 

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Clover fixes nitrogen from the air into your soil.    What does nitrogen do?  It makes leafy plants like grass thrive and be green.

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I can grow grass like a carpet.  I traveled for two years and then broke my elbow last year and my lawn has gone to hell.  If you don't maintain it, it fizzles out quickly.

My first recommendation is to know your soil, hence the pH question earlier.  Once you determine that you can figure out what to add to the soil.  The next thing is to put down an herbicide and kill every plant including the grass and till the soil in the fall.  You may have weeds that are rhizomes and are a pain in the ass to get rid of (hello, yellow nutsedge).  Treat your soil to balance the pH and then seed.  Weed seeds do not grow in the fall but grass seeds will germinate all the way down to a 50°F soil temperature.  By seeding in the fall (and I mean early to mid September) the grass gets a head start and the roots can grow over the winter.  In the spring you want to put down fertilizer that contains stuff that prevents seeds from germinating.  This stuff will last from early April until July.  It's like magic, no weeds will sprout on your lawn, and the grass will thicken in the spring.

Watering is tricky.  Water a lot in the fall to get the grass seeds to germinate, however, you only want to water up to 1" of water per week.  Watering a few times per week versus all the time will train the grass roots to go deeper into the soil.  This is important and it helps keep the lawn green in the summer.

Also, you're not growing grass, you're growing turf.  What is turf?  Turf is a layer of decomposing material that is about 1/4"-1/2" on top of the soil.  You create turf by using a mulching mower.  All of the grass clippings go back into the lawn to decompose.  You want to keep this layer of decomposition healthy. That in turn will keep your lawn healthy.  The layer acts like a barrier to hold moisture in the soil and prevent weed seeds from getting to the soil and germinating.  Anything organic can be used to feed your turf.  In the fall I don't rake the leaves.  I go over them several times with the mulched, and literally within 2-3 days the lawn eats them.  So grow your turf and it will help your grass grow and remain healthy.

Set your mower to 3" in height.  You want your grass to be tall so the layer of turf forms and is healthy.  Cutting your lawn too short will stress out the grass and cause it to dry out and focus more on blade growth than root growth.  You want to encourage root growth so the lawn thickens.  Never cut more than 1/3 of the grass length or else your grass will focus on blade growth.  This means you may be cutting your lawn every 3-4 days in the spring when it really grows.

I also use a fertilizer called Milorganite.  https://www.milorganite.com It's 100% organic.  Golf courses use it.  And when you apply it, your lawn turns an emerald green like you've never seen before.  It's not cheap either.  But it won't burn out your lawn, mess with water supplies, or anything else like that.  You can use it to fertilize your garden too.  Safe for pets/kids/etc.

There's a lot to it, but once you get the hang of it, maintaining it isn't too bad.  My lawn used to look like this, and by this time next year it will look like it again.

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10 minutes ago, Haskell_Hunter said:

I can grow grass like a carpet.  I traveled for two years and then broke my elbow last year and my lawn has gone to hell.  If you don't maintain it, it fizzles out quickly.

My first recommendation is to know your soil, hence the pH question earlier.  Once you determine that you can figure out what to add to the soil.  The next thing is to put down an herbicide and kill every plant including the grass and till the soil in the fall.  You may have weeds that are rhizomes and are a pain in the ass to get rid of (hello, yellow nutsedge).  Treat your soil to balance the pH and then seed.  Weed seeds do not grow in the fall but grass seeds will germinate all the way down to a 50°F soil temperature.  By seeding in the fall (and I mean early to mid September) the grass gets a head start and the roots can grow over the winter.  In the spring you want to put down fertilizer that contains stuff that prevents seeds from germinating.  This stuff will last from early April until July.  It's like magic, no weeds will sprout on your lawn, and the grass will thicken in the spring.

Watering is tricky.  Water a lot in the fall to get the grass seeds to germinate, however, you only want to water up to 1" of water per week.  Watering a few times per week versus all the time will train the grass roots to go deeper into the soil.  This is important and it helps keep the lawn green in the summer.

Also, you're not growing grass, you're growing turf.  What is turf?  Turf is a layer of decomposing material that is about 1/4"-1/2" on top of the soil.  You create turf by using a mulching mower.  All of the grass clippings go back into the lawn to decompose.  You want to keep this layer of decomposition healthy. That in turn will keep your lawn healthy.  The layer acts like a barrier to hold moisture in the soil and prevent weed seeds from getting to the soil and germinating.  Anything organic can be used to feed your turf.  In the fall I don't rake the leaves.  I go over them several times with the mulched, and literally within 2-3 days the lawn eats them.  So grow your turf and it will help your grass grow and remain healthy.

Set your mower to 3" in height.  You want your grass to be tall so the layer of turf forms and is healthy.  Cutting your lawn too short will stress out the grass and cause it to dry out and focus more on blade growth than root growth.  You want to encourage root growth so the lawn thickens.  Never cut more than 1/3 of the grass length or else your grass will focus on blade growth.  This means you may be cutting your lawn every 3-4 days in the spring when it really grows.

I also use a fertilizer called Milorganite.  https://www.milorganite.com It's 100% organic.  Golf courses use it.  And when you apply it, your lawn turns an emerald green like you've never seen before.  It's not cheap either.  But it won't burn out your lawn, mess with water supplies, or anything else like that.  You can use it to fertilize your garden too.  Safe for pets/kids/etc.

There's a lot to it, but once you get the hang of it, maintaining it isn't too bad.  My lawn used to look like this, and by this time next year it will look like it again.

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Sweet baby Jesus Tim. Before I read all this I would bet you don’t know how to start your mower 

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