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Old 03-17-07, 07:10 AM   #1
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Lawn care?

my first yard. i don't know what to do with it. can i just spread the fertilizer around? or do i need to mow it first (after this winter's growth)?
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First you wait for the snow to melt.

Then you decide just how anally obsessive you want to get with it.
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First you wait for the snow to melt.

Then you decide just how anally obsessive you want to get with it.
my addictive personality and general nervousness will easily take care of this part
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How high is the grass after winter growth?
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You're an American right? Pave it. Put up a hoop.
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i thought this thread had to do with the pubic region.


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If, after the snow disappears, and after the lawn greens up, it's more than 3" tall, mow it down to 2". The easiest thing to do is to sprinkle something like Scott's weed & feed over the entire lawn. If you have bare spots, there are mixtures to fit the need. The best fertilizer, though, is to not bag the cuttings for the 1st month of mowing. Of course, we have a huge amount of lawn. I would suppose lawn care for a patch of grass is much pickier.
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it's not tall at all. i think it's kentucky bluegrass or centipede. i'll print this out too and take it too the store. maybe they can tell me what kind it is. then i have bare spots too.

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In early spring and fall spread pelleitized lime on the lawn and use 10-10-10 fertilizer as well. You can also overseed if the lawn is getting a little sparse in areas. I have even seen people overseed if their lawn is thick.........never understood that one.

Aireate or however you spell it as well in early spring and late fall prior to spreading lime and fertilizer.

I just spread 240 lbs. of lime on my yard and 160 lbs. of fertilizer. I could have done more but my hopper turned over and now I need a new one. I had to finish by hand!

If your real anal you could install underground watering system and put on a timer but that is overkill and unless you just drool over a lawn that looks like a golf course then why do so. Let mother nature take care of some of the needs.

I set my mower to a cut of 1.5 to 1.75" cut. Some say a 2" cut. You don't want to scalp it for that is bad.

Here is my Kubota GR2000 lawn tractor I have that is AWD..............generic pic.


With optional snow plow............


It's a work horse but I need it for my 1.3 acres and fact I have to mow a incline of around 20-25 degrees.
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Old 03-17-07, 09:31 AM   #10
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if i had one of these i'd bet done spreadin' in three and a half minutes!
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Yeah. First you need to determine if you have a cool season grass or a warm season grass. Warm season grasses are fertilized in the warm months and cool season grasses are typically fertilized in the cool months. The first plan of action for my lawn in the spring is to put down a crabgrass preventer.

Failing to do this can leave you with a mess in a couple months. Most crabgrass preventer is sold in combination with a fertilizer, so you put them down at the same time. That time is around the first week of April here in Kansas.

Next tip is to set your mower on the highest setting in the warm months. It will shade the crown of the plant from the hot sun and the canopy will not allow weed seeds to germinate. All of my advice applies to cool season grass. I have no experience with warm season grass.

Warm season grass around here will remain dormant for a couple more months in these parts.
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Do what I do, hire a grounds keeper. Lawn maintenance service is pretty cheap these days.
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Do what I do, hire a grounds keeper. Lawn maintenance service is pretty cheap these days.
... summer months when i'm out all day ridin' !!!
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my first yard. i don't know what to do with it. can i just spread the fertilizer around? or do i need to mow it first (after this winter's growth)?
Move to the desert. You won't need to do anything with it.
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Wait 'til the onions are high, cut the grass back by no more than a third of it's height. If you apply crabgrass preventer or weed killer you'll want to wait to put out new seed. Around here, Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue is good (I used Pennington Penkoted seed). 10-10-10 fertilizer works well with the somewhat clayish soil. Lime as necessary. I think you can actually take a soil sample to the County Ag Extension agent for testing, and get advice on lime, nitrogen, etc.

I've got a great lawn guy from Concord, but I doubt he'll drive out to where you live. Fairly cheap, fast, and he's really good. Even pulls out the occasional milkweed that sprouts up, or pulls away some overzealous ivy, at no extra charge, and without my having to ask. He basically tends the yard as if it were his own, even puttin' out weedkiller on the sidewalk and around my hollies and boxwoods, at no extra charge.

Scope out the really nice-lookin' yards in your neighborhood, then notice which ones are tended by hired lawnkeepers. The results you see in your neighbors' yards will help you decide who to hire.
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Most of my back yard has been taken over by a little creeper plant called Bluet. It has tiny little blue flowers, and mowing at 2" doesn't bother it at all. I wish the stuff would take over the entire lawn, but it seems to just prefer certain areas. If you can find seed, I would suggest you just plant this stuff!
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Never, ever put fertilizer on your lawn...

I did that once and was cutting the damn thing twice a week and it takes me 4 hours on a rider....

Now my philosophy if its slightly green leave it alone...

Even if the green is not necessarily considered grass...
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Yeah fertilizer will make a lawn grow but in the mountains at times you need to jump start your lawns from the cold and snow if you had alot. I just do it to keep it growing healthy and uniform. I am not obsessive either. I pretty much do what my earlier post stated and the rest of the year mow once per week and blow off my drive and weedeat. We put out mulch yearly and this year doing a little different by using pine needles in the front where we have a massive flower bed the size of most yards.

I really hate lawn work because I rather be riding and I do mean what I do is not that time consuming.
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If your local regs permit, consider limiting or eliminating the grass. Think tree, shrub, flower, and ornamental grass plantings instead, completely or largely reducing your grass load. One coyote's opinion here, there is no more existentially empty activity than mowing grass. . .well, perhaps programming. Msheron's on the right track.
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I think you can actually take a soil sample to the County Ag Extension agent for testing, and get advice on lime, nitrogen, etc.
ha ha! it says to do this in the "turffiles" link too!
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I love having a thick, beautiful carpet of turfgrass around my home. In fact I even enjoy mowing it.
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