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Old 05-24-2016, 09:37 AM   #1
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HELP ME Save My Lawn..


Bought the house 5 years ago but then life came thru with an uppercut..., new job, new kids, new responsibilities... Anyways I now have time to devote to yard upkeep..

HOPEFULLY not too late..

Will Number 0 Turn Number 1, and Number 2, into something similar to Number 3?

Number 3 = same lawn just freshly cut but seems like no weeds, right?

let me know!

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Old 05-24-2016, 11:25 AM   #2
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The Weed B Gone will do well to kill most of your weeds. With that many, you may need a few apps. I would go to your local garden center and tell them what you have going on and they will tell you what to put on your lawn, and most importantly when.

I get seven treatments per year from tru green, and the cost is about the same as me going to the store and buying the product.
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Weed killers will help although for environmental reasons I don't like to use them. I fish in the rivers around us that runoff water runs into . Also consider not cutting your lawn as short. The secret to fewer weeds with less chemicals is to cut the grass to about 3 inches (the next to highest setting on many mowers). This helps to create a stronger thicker turf which makes it harder for the weeds to germinate .
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:12 AM   #4
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Over seeding helps, too.
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Old 05-25-2016, 07:33 AM   #5
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Do your neighbors give you the stink eye every time they go by? I have a neighbor with a quarter the amount of those dandelions and it drives me crazy that his seeds are always flying onto my lawn. I like the guy, just wish he wasn't making my life harder.
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Do your neighbors give you the stink eye every time they go by? I have a neighbor with a quarter the amount of those dandelions and it drives me crazy that his seeds are always flying onto my lawn. I like the guy, just wish he wasn't making my life harder.
haha.... no they do not! I NEVER let it get this bad, as I cut it once a week. However what happened this time is that I had to leave town for a work trip, the day I left it poured, and poured, came back 4 days later to this!


Also I have 2 active kids, they watch less than an hour of tv a week, aka they are outside ALL OF THE TIME!!! SO I always stayed away from the chem's....


So.. i have 2 options, GOT IT!

1. kill weeds with man made chemicals and deal with what that means.. i.e. runoff into our lands rivers, ect, ect..

2. cut grass "longer" aka I have been cutting it at 3/4" but seems like even thats too short...


decisions, decisions..


LASTLY from what you can see in the last pic, is my grass still save-able? The door to door lawn guys are telling me I have nothing but weeds and no grass and quote me a complete lawn do-over, aka RESOD everythign for a cool $3k-5K..



thoughts?


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Do your neighbors give you the stink eye every time they go by? I have a neighbor with a quarter the amount of those dandelions and it drives me crazy that his seeds are always flying onto my lawn. I like the guy, just wish he wasn't making my life harder.
Looks nicer than my neighbor's yard . . .

Best part is his creeping charlie is creeping over the imaginary line separating the properties.
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haha.... no they do not! I NEVER let it get this bad, as I cut it once a week. However what happened this time is that I had to leave town for a work trip, the day I left it poured, and poured, came back 4 days later to this!


Also I have 2 active kids, they watch less than an hour of tv a week, aka they are outside ALL OF THE TIME!!! SO I always stayed away from the chem's....


So.. i have 2 options, GOT IT!

1. kill weeds with man made chemicals and deal with what that means.. i.e. runoff into our lands rivers, ect, ect..

2. cut grass "longer" aka I have been cutting it at 3/4" but seems like even thats too short...


decisions, decisions..


LASTLY from what you can see in the last pic, is my grass still save-able? The door to door lawn guys are telling me I have nothing but weeds and no grass and quote me a complete lawn do-over, aka RESOD everythign for a cool $3k-5K..



thoughts?


oNe
Spray any 2,4-D containing product. It'll make short work of dandelions. And it's fairly mild as far as chemicals go. Mowing off the heads doesn't really kill the dandelions and if anything spreads the seeds.

From an "environmental perspective" (whatever the hell that means) you won't have any runoff unless you spray in the storm drain. Spraying the lawn, it will infiltrate through the soil, cleaning it along the way to the groundwater.

I can't tell how much grass you have from the last picture. But kill off the weeds now and try some seed. Especially in the fall, and you'll have a nice grass lawn.

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Old 05-25-2016, 01:34 PM   #9
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From an "environmental perspective" (whatever the hell that means) you won't have any runoff unless you spray in the storm drain. Spraying the lawn, it will infiltrate through the soil, cleaning it along the way to the groundwater.
Groundwater is well known to have pesticides in it Not sure where your groundwater is.

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Sorry, I got distracted :}

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From an "environmental perspective"

http://water.usgs.gov/edu/pesticidesgw.html

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well sprayed it on Friday evening...but of course within 45mins it POURED..... FUDGE!!

Product says rain ready in 60mins.. so we'll have to see what happens..


for the back yard aka where the kids play gonna just go all natural, set lawn mower height to 2nd highest settings.. barely cuts the grass but cuts all the dandelion's.. we'll have to see!


Anyone know if the Menards/Home depot offer some kind of product for a self lawn aeration? I asked them on Friday and they looked at me like I was crazy, but i think dude had no clue..


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Home depot has a lawn care rental section. I've never used it, but it's worth looking into

http://www.homedepot.com/c/lawn_and_...ental#aerators
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