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Old 04-10-2012, 01:38 PM   #16
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Just my two cents here. Good thinking to get the ph checked. In my opinion, you end up shooting in the dark without knowing at least the ph level. If you haven't done that already, be sure to get a sample from the areas of your lawn including where grass is and isn't growing and mix them together. That gives you a good overall reading.

That area in the first pic looks like a very-traveled section. The ground is most likely compacted and you'd need to aerate it and maybe think of some strategy to keep the traffic down... possibly create a walkway to encourage people to stay off the grass and on the stones more.

Are there dogs or heavy shade where those patches are? If so, just as a heads up, grass won't live where dogs do and you'd need to use some grass that's tolerant of shade. You probably knew that but I thought I'd toss that in

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Old 04-10-2012, 02:48 PM   #17
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What I meant was for you to spade up the dirt so it can breath abd you are able to mix in some top soil.
If you are going to use something like round up you will have to wait a week or two then do what you were planning to do.
Ok great, thanks for the advice.

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The best solution is to remove all of the grass, and then get the soil fertilized, etc, then put down sod. One it will look finished, and two, you do not have to worry about looking at a yard of dirt for the rest of the year. If you do not want to go with the sod route, talk to some lawn care companies in your area that can give you an estimate to fix it for you. At this point, it is too late to put down pre-emergent, but you can still use Fertilizer any time, and same with bug control & weed & feed. I put down pre-emergent on our lawn back in Jan. since we had such a warm Winter, and then in early March, put down Weed & feed, and no weeds or Crab grass, and the yard looks fuller & greener, because I hit it earlier than normal.
This would probably be best but instead of sod i'd start from scratch with seed or hydroseed BUT my budget won't allow me to do such a big job. There are many other things i'd need to do around my house before i spend the big bucks on my lawn.

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Just my two cents here. Good thinking to get the ph checked. In my opinion, you end up shooting in the dark without knowing at least the ph level. If you haven't done that already, be sure to get a sample from the areas of your lawn including where grass is and isn't growing and mix them together. That gives you a good overall reading.

That area in the first pic looks like a very-traveled section. The ground is most likely compacted and you'd need to aerate it and maybe think of some strategy to keep the traffic down... possibly create a walkway to encourage people to stay off the grass and on the stones more.

Are there dogs or heavy shade where those patches are? If so, just as a heads up, grass won't live where dogs do and you'd need to use some grass that's tolerant of shade. You probably knew that but I thought I'd toss that in
You'd think i have constant party's on my lawn with all those patches lol. To be honest, i have no dogs, barely any traffic as there is a walkway beside to the entrance of my house and it gets a whole bunch of sunlight (Apart from the strip at the side of my house). Going to take your advice and others and aerate my current soil a bit so it mixes well with the new soil.

I'll post a few new pics once i get things rolling.

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Old 04-13-2012, 12:53 PM   #18
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After you get rid of the rocks here are some steps you can take to plating a new lawn:
1. Decide between seed/Sod your bare lawn
2. Prepare the soil (get rid of weeds, add in essential nutrients)
3. Install the seed or sod

There are several online resources for lawn care that will give you more detailed instructions for building a new lawn!

Good luck!!

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