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Old 08-29-2013, 09:14 AM   #31
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I like to put peat moss over grass seed. Covers the seed up to keep the birds away, but easy for the grass to grow through. Peat moss varies, but if lucky I get stuff that turns to powder and falls as I rub it between my hands. This is a good method for spot repairs, but would be a lot of work to cover your whole yard.

I prefer compost to topsoil. I find no weed seeds in my compost, but find weeds coming up from topsoil regardless of how much they promise it is weed free. Trouble is, both will clump up, and its difficult to break up all the clumps with a rake. If you make a sifter out of 2x2's and 1/4" or 3/8" steel screening, that works nice to break up clumps of the dirt/compost. But that is a lot of work also. And its a lot more work if the dirt is wet.

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I called a local nursery.

They have two types - top soil and a garden mix which is composed of organic compost.

The Garden mix he said may be slightly more acidic then the top soil, but has a lot more nutrients. He gave me a price of $30 per sq yard.

What do you think?
I would go with the garden mix.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:18 AM   #33
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Thanks - I was afraid of the more acidic compost causing the seeds to die off, but I like the idea of less weeds and more nutrients!

Clumps could be an issue - I will have to keep an eye out I guess.


so I'm thinking around 8 cubic yards worth:

10,925 sq ft lot (11.1 cubic yards @ 0.33")

Minus:
1,920 sq ft house footprint (1.95 cubic yards @ 0.33)
447 sq ft driveway (0.78 cubic yards @ 0.33)
310 sq ft deck (0.31 cubic yards @ 0.33)



So after all is said and done it looks like my final cost is around:

$106 for Seed
$24 for starter fertilizer
$240 plus $30 delivery on the compost
$xx for machine rental
$20 beer money
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~$450 total - I guess not that bad of a price to pay for a nice looking lawn

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:30 AM   #34
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Hi guys - hoping for some last bit advice:


I dethatched no issues yesterday. I spread the seed and ran out short and had to buy an additional 10lbs (60lbs total). I sense I had the spreader too high. I had it set to 13 in the front and 10 in the back after I realized I was so low in seed.

The spreader is sta-green brand broadcast spreader with a 1-15 setting, what should I set it to for the 10-20-10 fertilizer? The bag says to ensure you don't under or over spread but nothing about a spread rate. I'm afraid of burning the new seed I use too much.

The guy at the store said I needed two 50 lb bags.

Thanks!
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Try looking on the sta green website for spreader equivalents.
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Just checking in -


The Wife nixed the top dressing due to time and money - I've been home all week trying to keep an eye on the sun but the two water times I have set on the irrigation seem to be keeping to grass moist most of the day - so that's good.

I have this one bare spot which still has seeds on top though. Should these still be laying here 4 days later? Or is it safe to assume these just wont take? Nothing seems to be sprouting as of yet but I look eagerly looking each morning!
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I'd loosen the topsoil so the seed can be covered.
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With the seed already on top? Don't take a rake to it or shovel? I don't want to ruin the seed because I don't have any extra.
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With the seed already on top? Don't take a rake to it or shovel? I don't want to ruin the seed because I don't have any extra.
Use a rake to soften to top and mix in the seed. It's not going to do well lying on top.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:41 PM   #40
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Hopefully the rest of the yard wot be a problem...this is the most bald spot through.
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Wanted to follow up again:


Front yard looks to be coming in great!

Back yard, however, not as great - defiantly a lot thinner looking.

Front yard only has sun until about 11 am then it moves to filtered sun and shade.

Back yard is direct opposite, filtered sun and shade until 11am and full sun from 11am until dusk.

The seed I bought was a sun shade mix - will it just take longer to grow in the sunny areas or did most of the seed not take?

I just find it odd the shady areas are growing more then the sunny. Weather here has been very mild since I seeded. Mid 70s to low / mid 80s. 3-4 days cloudy or overcast and 3-4 days sunny. Only one rain but it was more of a drizzle / mist - nothing harsh.

First pic is the front yard (mostly shade), second is the back (mostly sun). Sorry if I'm being inpatient - just really nervous of the outcome.
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Be patient. It's only been a week. You might need to water the back more than the front since the afternoon sun can be hotter than the morning. Looks good so far.
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Does anyone know what this is? It's starting to pop up in a large section in my front yard.
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It looks like it might be Cyperus rotundus...otherwise known as nutsedge. It's difficult to control and pulling it makes the situation worse as it causes it to grow more from the nutlets underground. Google it for best management tips.
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Hi Guys!

I wanted to follow up and say thank you for all your advice - the lawn is a huge improvement from when we first moved in. I thought i'd share some before and after pics.

Now lets just hope it survives the winter

BTW - the first picture was taken last July (2012), the second was in late October (2013)!
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