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Lawns: lawn to hit golf balls from, tall fescue grass, perennial ryegrass fairway
tall fescue grass, perennial ryegrass fairway, kentucky bluegrass: Start in april. The seeds may not germinate completely until May and it will take about one season to get a full, lush lawn. However, you should have a playable field by mid summer provided you water regularily. The best choice will be kentucky bluegrass....

Lawns: lawn insects i.d., beetle larvae, lawn insects
beetle larvae, lawn insects, long periods of time: Ever hear of Silent Spring? You want to use Grubs B Gone etc? Bird Killer is a good name for this stuff. I think you may be mixing these up with Snail Pellets, another anti-avian product that certain people have no problem with. I personally do have...

Lawns: lawn installation, square foot area, rototill
square foot area, rototill, top soil: Spread your topsoil at a rate of 10-20 one-cubic-ft bags per 100 sq ft for a 1-2 in. depth -- or 40-80 one-cubic-ft bags for a 4-8 in depth. Rototill or spade the topsoil thoroughly into the top 3-4 inches and you re in business. Is that all? ...

Lawns: lawn "jumping" borders, plant hardiness zone, hardy grass
plant hardiness zone, hardy grass, herbaceous plant: Hi Ron Paris, ...jumping its bender board border...? The ZIP code 95409 is in Horticultural Plant Hardiness zone 9. You should only try to grow plants and grasses rated for zone-9. In regards to turf-grasses, there are several popular warm-climate...

Lawns: lawn "jumping" borders, grass plants, grass plant
grass plants, grass plant, dead patches: Round-Up does not translocate in the soil via the roots from grass plant to grass plant. Round-Up is taken up by the leaves and transported to the roots inside the plant exposed to the herbicide. this herbicide will then prevent the grass from photosynthesize,...

Lawns: lawn levelling, topographic representation, rain event
topographic representation, rain event, rain water: Swapna: The problem sounds difficult. You do, however, have two wells, which, I assume, are drained away from the back yard to another drainage site lower on the property. Raising the yard will only compound the situation at the basement/foundation,...

Lawns: lawn moles, uiuc edu, shade tree
uiuc edu, shade tree, inout: I suspect that your problem is not moles, but voles. Voles makes about ground runway tracks. They look like gray mice. See descriptions below: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/macon/inout/020317.html I also have a link with suggested remedies: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7439.html...

Lawns: lawn moths and also chinch bugs on lawn, cinch bugs, improving your soil
cinch bugs, improving your soil, chemical fertilizers: Hi CJ; Same answer. Organics will fix all the insect problems since the beneficial critters eat all these little pests. If you are using chemicals, insecticides are what you need. Sulphur gets rid of some insects. 10 percent rather than the 5 percent....

Lawns: lawn moss, moss problem, turf grasses
moss problem, turf grasses, soil fertility: Hi Rich, Sounds like you have a situation of increasing shade with aging trees,...but you did not mention this important factor directly. ABOUT MOSS PROBLEMS: Where conditions are favorable for turf-grasses,...moss will usually find it impossible...

Lawns: lawn mowers, plug drain, mulcher
plug drain, mulcher, lawn mower: tracie, tracie: There is a plug under the deck of the lawn mower which will fit the drive on a 3/8 inch socket. Turn lawn mower over, unscrew this plug, drain the oil and return the plug to its hole, tightened. On the topside of the deck, near the bottom...

Lawns: lawn mowing and plant species diversity, plant species diversity, undesirable weeds
plant species diversity, undesirable weeds, harmful insects: Hi Marjorie; I have never conducted a long term analysis, but some reasons I can see for this would be the fact that weeds will eventually crowd out grass and other plants. If chemical fertilizers are used, they feed weeds as well as grass, and other desirable...

Lawns: lawn mowing and plant species diversity, plant species diversity, sod lawns
plant species diversity, sod lawns, sun situations: Well this is an interesting concept you raise Marjorie. May I take it that unmanaged here is a strict reference to mowing only and not to treatments (watering, fertilizing, soil treatments, pest control, etc.)? Are you studying lawns in a particular Zone...

Lawns: lawn mowing, weed killers, clumps of grass
weed killers, clumps of grass, johnson grass: Crabgrass, Johnson grass, and Dallis grass grow in big stuborn clumps like that. I used to dig them out with an asparagus cutter. You can go into the soil, below the root, and lift the clump out. If you don t get the root, it will just ,in effect, prune...

Lawns: lawn , mushrooms, quality compost, granular fertilizer
quality compost, granular fertilizer, plant enzymes: Dear Mr. Caporrizo: I am not aware of many solutions for mushrooms. However, your local ag agent may have some good ones. Please refer to an answer to the same question dated July 12 this year. Increasing nitrate or nitrogen (N) in your lawn should be...

Lawns: lawn mushrooms removal, coos bay oregon, chocolate ice cream
coos bay oregon, chocolate ice cream, old apple tree: The weekly Mushrooms-in-the-Lawn question. Quickest way to take control of these is to rake the lawn every morning. Parents do that because they worry that pets and children will pick and eat one. Where did these come from? Mushrooms show up when...

Lawns: lawn mushrooms, soil fungi, irrigated soils
soil fungi, irrigated soils, tree roots: Hi Julia, sorry for the late reply. I have been on vacation, but the website let a question through anyway. Don t worry about mushrooms. they are the above ground manifestation of soil fungi. The fungi feed on partially decomposed wooden organic matter,...

Lawns: lawn pests or insects, harmful insects, lawn pests
harmful insects, lawn pests, trouble at the top: Hi Randy. You need to ask a nurseryman in your area. I live in North Texas, and haven t see that type of critter. There are so many burrowing insects, and small animals. There are some wasps that burrow, and one of them is beneficial, because it feds on...

Lawns: lawn pests, lawn pests, bad dogs
lawn pests, bad dogs, those dogs: Oh, those bad bad dogs. Yes, we have the same problem. No, there is nothing to get them -- except a bigger dog. But you might be able to convince the owners to see the error of their ways. I know someone in our neighborhood who proceeded to pick up all...

Lawns: lawn polymers, indoor plants, concrete answers
indoor plants, concrete answers, geesh: Hi Liz; Well, anything you do that is chemical and not organic is a mistake. I used chemicals for over 40 years before I got smart enough to switch to organics. I always thought organic meant you would have a lawn that looked natural, like a field or...

Lawns: lawn problem, dogs cats, carbaryl
dogs cats, carbaryl, lowes: You can buy products for insects such as ants. It is typically sprays or pellets which you distribute on your lawn. Check the pesticide/herbicide isles of home depot, lowes, walmart or a garden center. One product you could use would be Sevin (trade name...

Lawns: lawn problem, horticultural corn meal, fairy ring
horticultural corn meal, fairy ring, garden sprayer: That is a fungus, probably caused by arotting piece of wood or tree root under the surface of the soil. You can kick them over and spray them with baking soda disolved in water. 4 teaspoons per gallon of water. ( or a very welkl rounded Tablespoon ). Or...

Lawns: lawn problem: shade/high traffic, soil need, mud pit
soil need, mud pit, poa supina: Since your soil probably have been preparred recently (when sodding) I recommend you loosen the top 1 of soil in the bare areas, spread a good quality shade mix, and keep the seed bed slightly damp, but not soaked until germination (sprouting). The seeds...

Lawns: lawn problem, water water water, turf grasses
water water water, turf grasses, lawn grasses: Hi Roni, ...yellowing grass...? If your home is brand new and built on wild terrain, it may require several summer seasons for the lawn substrate and root-zone to become domesticated for easier cultivation of turf grasses. Be sure your lawn is...

Lawns: lawn problems, scotts halts, grass seeds
scotts halts, grass seeds, moss killer: Moss is an opportunistic plant which grow where grass has difficulty. In consistently wet, damp, dark places it does well. In the PNW, moss is very common in winter. You can buy scott s seed starter turfbuilder with crabgrass control. It contains tuppersan...

Lawns: lawn problems, pruning trees and shrubs, crabgrass seeds
pruning trees and shrubs, crabgrass seeds, scotts halts: Good Morning Larry: Moss: Changing the conditions to favor lawn grasses and discourage moss is a good way to manage the problem. Too much shade for acceptable grass growth is a common cause for moss invasion. Pruning trees and shrubs to improve air circulation...

Lawns: lawn question, harmful insects, chemical fertilizers
harmful insects, chemical fertilizers, johnson grass: Hi Charlie; Hey, if it is not ok, it is a bit late now. LOL It is in the soil so there is nothing you can do about that. I just DO NOT use artificial junk on my lawn and garden anymore. I did, for over 50 years, and got no more than mediocre results, and...

Lawns: lawn question, first degree murder, sorry charlie
first degree murder, sorry charlie, crabgrass: Sorry, Charlie -- that Scotts Crabgrass Barrier is murder on soil, murder on grass, just plain first degree murder. I wish you d asked me first. Lime is to Nitrogen what Oil is to Water. Do not mix them. If you put any fertilizer down, you must wait...

Lawns: lawn or raather greenish weeds, turf grass, brown grass
turf grass, brown grass, turf type: John: You are probably right about Ky31 and bluegrass. Zoysia may be a slow grower and too low for your area, unless you wish to put in more maintenance than other turfs. Consider a Bermuda variety. Bermuda will fill in, grows to normal height and competes...

Lawns: lawn repair, northwest climate, annie oakley
northwest climate, annie oakley, darn shame: Diane, Some people just don t have anything better to do. Next time, take a shotgun and sit on the lawn. You don t want this to become an annual rite of passage, do you? I think simply sitting on the lawn like Annie Oakley will be a good deterrent. Buy...

Lawns: Back lawn repair., shade tolerant grass, shade tolerant grasses
shade tolerant grass, shade tolerant grasses, lawn care practices: Good morning Morton: If you continue with your plan, I fear you will get some unsatisfactory results. Lawns in the shade are typically thin, weak, and of poor quality. Maintaining a quality stand of grass in the shade can be difficult and requires modifications...

Lawns: lawn rolling, milky spore, center nursery
milky spore, center nursery, grubs: anything over 100 lbs should do. it depends on what width the roller is and what are you going to pull it with. after you roll it you should aerate it to loosen up the soil. depending on where you live for timing an application(i m in southern NJ)you may want...

Lawns: lawn seed selection, blue lable, grass seeds
blue lable, grass seeds, starter fertilizer: I would buy a pre-mixed bag of grass seeds cultivars which are suited for both. The mixture of sun and shade cultivars means that the grass seeds which grow best in shade will prevail in shade and the grass seeds which grow best in full sun will prevail here....

Lawns: lawn going to seed, seed stocks, southern hemisphere
seed stocks, southern hemisphere, groundcover: Sally, I would LOVE to help you. Please explain if you can what you mean by your lawn going to seed . Turfgrass does not go to seed. If you are growing something else in the lawn, you must tell me what that is. I have a feeling you don t know. What STATE...

Lawns: lawn seeding, shade tolerant grass, shade tolerant grasses
shade tolerant grass, shade tolerant grasses, lawn care practices: Good Evening Bob: The best time to seed a lawn in your area is late August to early October. The second best time is now. The reason late summer is best is because the new seedlings will be going into the cool part of the year rather than the hotter part....

Lawns: lawn over seeding, decline and death, cause of stress
decline and death, cause of stress, state agriculture: Barry: When I overseed my lawn, I wait until the weather has cooled in the fall and rain commences, ideally. Cool weather is key. Since you already have fescue, I would favor bluegrass for overseeding. It has five times the seed per pound as fescue...

Lawns: lawn seeding, inexpensive test kits, turf grasses
inexpensive test kits, turf grasses, jim gibbs: Hi Sandy, What type of turf-grass are you trying to start from seed, and where are you located? Trying to start turf grasses from seed in the heat of July-Aug. can be very futile. Most lawn grasses are started in the early spring (for warm climates),...or...

Lawns: lawn - putting down sod, peat moss, certified arborist
peat moss, certified arborist, tall trees: No matter where you live, July is NOT the best time of the year to be putting in sod, or anything else for that matter. Autumn is planting time. On Long Island, for grass, that s around the first day of fall. You can start planting groundcovers a little...

Lawns: lawn soil, compost tea recipe, cottonseed meal
compost tea recipe, cottonseed meal, alfalfa meal: Organic matter is the key to building soil fertility. It s the foundation for any Organic program. I think we can assume you have at least a small population of Earthworms in your soil; they are the only organisms I think you would want to add at this...

Lawns: lawn/spring growth, wild onion, plant grass
wild onion, plant grass, spring growth: wild onion. horrible weed. very difficult to eradicate. Best method of eradication is to dig up clumps before redoing the lawn. Trying to eradicate in existing lawn is very difficult. Dig up with plenty of soil to make sure you get everything. then shift through...

Lawns: lawn sugar, soaker hoses, pulling weeds
soaker hoses, pulling weeds, clay soil: Hi Reynalda; Boy!! That landscaper is a doozie. ANYONE who knows beand about planting should know you don t put down a layer of frtilizer then lay sod on it. That would almost certasinly burn the roots. GEESH!!! The sugar doesn t attact anything. Because...

Lawns: lawn thatch management, warm season grasses, warm season grass
warm season grasses, warm season grass, cool season grasses: With moderate thatch building (less than 1 ) I prefer to core aerate. Core aerators will physically punch through the thatch and in the process pull plugs of soil from the lawn. The core holes will elivate compaction which will allow grass roots to expand....

Lawns: lawn has thick yellow patches, horticultural corn meal, beneficial micro organisms
horticultural corn meal, beneficial micro organisms, carpet grass: Corn meal that you use in cooking won t work. Horticultural corn meal is the outer husk of the kernel that is processed off during milling. Gluten Corn Meal is the whole kernel ground up. Charlotte It would be better to disolve the baking soda in water,...

Lawns: lawn trouble, insect damage, soil tests
insect damage, soil tests, soil ph: Not it is not supposed to be difficult. I recommend that you send a soil sample to the county extension office (check with Ohio state) http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1132.html http://ohioline.osu.edu/county/index.php Normally the soil tests...

Lawns: lawn trouble, weed killers, chemlawn
weed killers, chemlawn, good shape: Very interesting report you have here, Greg. Let s look at some of these points, in order of headache size: 1. THE PINE TREE - The patchy, and uncooperative grass you described is a classic symptom of There-Used-To-Be-A-Tree-Here Disease. Homeowners LOVE...

Lawns: lawn turned yellow and died, scotts fertilizer, derictions
scotts fertilizer, derictions, grass plants: Don: Water so that you lawn gets one inch of water per week. This can be once to twice per week. Measurement can be with a meat or vegetable tin can. I would stop asking questions and plant. The weather may get too cold very soon in Canada. Tom...

Lawns: lawn updates and crab grass killers, corn gluten fertilizer, grass killers
corn gluten fertilizer, grass killers, lawn weeds: Nice to hear from you again, Catherine. Cornmeal Gluten is a pre-emergent weedkiller , which means that if Weed Seeds are germinating, CMG will stop them. If you use it now, it won t hurt. But this is not Weed Seed germination time. Baby Weeds start to...

Lawns: lawn and vine, topsoil suppliers, compact soil
topsoil suppliers, compact soil, perennial ryegrass: Jerrod, thank you for giving me the chance to answer your question. First of all, growing grass in shade is going to be challenging. There are shade tolorant mixes, but even shade tolorant grasses perform much better in full sun. The best shade tolorant...

Lawns: lawn and vine, shade loving plants, tall fescue
shade loving plants, tall fescue, lawn grasses: Hi Jarrod, ...almost no sun light ...? Sun and soil are critical for having an easy to care-for lawn without continual appearance problems. Without so much quality of each, you may as well try to grow something else. All lawn grasses like...

Lawns: lawn and vine, scotts turf builder, peat moss
scotts turf builder, peat moss, compost material: 1st visit a local garden center/nursery to see what they recommend for your area. buy products from them & they should be glad to help you plan your project. i m in southern NJ. you need to remove the bottom branches(back to the trunk) of any shade trees...

Lawns: lawn in Wisconsin, starter fertilizer, chemical fertilizers
starter fertilizer, chemical fertilizers, bloodmeal: Milorganite is a sensible, slow release product that seems perfectly acceptable. Until I see evidence to the contrary, I will continue to use it myself from time to time. Two acres is a lot of land to be spreading Bloodmeal or Cottonmeal down. You have...

Lawns: lawn weed n feed, perennial ryegrass, grass type
perennial ryegrass, grass type, dead grass: Good morning Rhett: I wish that I could give you some encouragement about your lawn problem. Without knowing what type of grass you have it is very difficult to give you an evaluation. The grass type is important in regard to how much Weed-b-Gone you...

Lawns: lawn weeds, lawn weeds, weed removal
lawn weeds, weed removal, time hand: BM, As a matter of fact the best and most effective means of weed removal does not require any amount of chemical and will cost you nothing but a few hours of your time. Hand removal. By no means am I trying to be smart. This is the best and most...

Lawns: lawn & weeds, quack grass, organic lawns
quack grass, organic lawns, wild violets: Hi C; OIf it s a pesky weed, and some you might want to keep. I would have liked to kep my wild violets, but they went too, the organics will get rid of them. Now, those little tres that get seeded onto your lawn are NOT weeds, and they love to rich soil,...

Lawns: lawn and weeds, quack grass, ag agent
quack grass, ag agent, mechanical hand: Quack grass is a difficult competitor. The website qouted is pessimistic about removal. One source recommends mechanical (hand) removal of all plant matter. Another recommends broad spectrum herbicides. A website to research further is: http://tncweeds.ucdavis.edu/esadocs/documnts/elytrep.pdf...

Lawns: lawn and weeds, henry doubleday research, underground rhizomes
henry doubleday research, underground rhizomes, agropyron repens: Quackgrass - Elytrigia repens or Agropyron repens to botanists - is an aggressive, perennial, ugly Weed. It has one redeeming quality: Farmers feed it to their horses to build a shiny coat. But if you don t have horses, there s just no good reason...

Lawns: lawn weeds/sugar, lawn weeds, dirt doctor
lawn weeds, dirt doctor, organic gardener: Hi Elliana; Pouring sugar???? You just broadcast it, and it takes very little. I use 4 to 5 pounds per 1000 sq.ft. The dirt doctor has a website. I joined the ground crew ( paid a subscription price of about $25.00 for a year) and there is a lot of organic...

Lawns: lawn weeds, three leaf clovers, broadleaf herbicide
three leaf clovers, broadleaf herbicide, lawn weeds: As with any weed, the more established the clover gets the harder it will be to control. I would suggest going to a local lawn and garden store and picking up some Trimec Classic , a broadleaf herbicide. Follow the rate on the lable, 3 oz per gallon of...

Lawns: lawn winter preperation, dirt mound, how do i get rid of moles
dirt mound, how do i get rid of moles, exterminator: Cut the lawn the same length going into winter. There are some discussions as to whether to cut it shorter or longer. I have found best result by leaving it at same length. I can provide an explanation if you like, but in the end it comes down person preference....

Lawns: lawn woes, scotts fertilizer, compost application
scotts fertilizer, compost application, custom renovation: Joe: Sorry about your troublesome lawn. From your description, you may have suffered from some recent stress to the grass. A custom renovation may be in order. I would add lime under the cedar, as recommended on the soil test. Do not add lime to the...

Lawns: lawn, soil physics, maintenance nightmare
soil physics, maintenance nightmare, galvanized nails: Hi Catherine of Manchester, ...bushey, shrubby thing...? IF or not you shall need any drainage adjustments for your plans will depend upon your existing soil physics and the type of shrubs you may want to use for you Labyrinth (Maze). If you have...

Lawns: lawncare, black eyed susans, small red ants
black eyed susans, small red ants, grub treatment: Use a liquid product called weed-be-gon next fall (not during summer). it should be applied to the leaves of the clover and 3-4 applications may be necerssary over a period of 2-3 months. reapply next spring for any remaining clover. fertilizer your...

Lawns: lawnmower etc. choices, leaf blowers, mulcher
leaf blowers, mulcher, bentgrass: A new German engineered push lawnmower under the Christmas tree would dazzle any lawn-lover. You can buy these at several internet stores. Scotts sells one, but their unit does not have the ability to down close and personal to a half inch of the soil,...

Lawns: lawnmower, powder coat paint, brill reel mowers
powder coat paint, brill reel mowers, reel lawn mowers: The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute says the average life expectance of a power mower is about 6 years. But unless you have a large amount of lawn, I still say the best thing is a hand push rotary lawnmower. The Clean Air Gardening internet lawnmower...

Lawns: lawnmowers, sears craftsman, push reel mower
sears craftsman, push reel mower, electric lawnmower: Clean Air Gardening (www.cleanairgardening.com) sells a mower called the Brill Lexus 38 - of which Clean Air says: This precision designed machine is, in our opinion, the Mercedes of reel lawnmowers . Seedland says this is Engineering excellence in a human-powered...

Lawns: lawns, turf grasses, tall fescue
turf grasses, tall fescue, grass plants: Hi Pete, and thank you for giving me a chance to answer your question. It is a very good question, indeed, and if you asked a room full of people you would get as many different opinions as their is people, probably a few very good ones, too. There...

Lawns: lawns, frist time home buyer, lime application
frist time home buyer, lime application, cyber junk: Hi Vicky; I was sure I had your email addy, but i just looked for it, and it is not in my address book. I wanted to ask if you ever got intomthe empty nest moms site and found the magazine. The august issue is online now. Sometimes addresses just disappear...

Lawns: lawns, epsom salts, epsom salt
epsom salts, epsom salt, bark chips: Hi Misty. So far I have only used Epsom Salts to stretch other things I use on my lawn. I grind up orange peels and put them in Epsom Salts, leave overnight so the Salts will soak up the oil, and then I scatter it all over my lawn to keep fire ants away,...

Lawns: lawns, fire ant killer, epsom salts
fire ant killer, epsom salts, ant killers: Hi Margaret; I just read your comment. Are you putting a chemical fire ant killer down? I got rid of fire ants in just a coule of hours, and have kept them away ever since. The main ingredient in fire ant killers and preventers is orange oil, along with...

Lawns: lawns, grub problem, paw prints
grub problem, paw prints, lowes: You can buy grub insecticides at home depot, walmart, lowes, garden centers etc. Products containing the active ingredients Merit (imidacloprid) and Mach2 (halofenozide) are preventative and should be applied in mid summer. They wont solve your problem...

Lawns: lawns, lawn maintenance program, organic lawn care
lawn maintenance program, organic lawn care, human noses: Hi Matt; An organic lawn care program will take care of grubs, because the toads, lizards and grass snakes will eat them all. Raccoons also love them, and that is what they are digging for, To stop the raccoon damage right now, sprinkle ceyenne pepper all...

Lawns: lawns, white grubs, nitrogen fertilizer
white grubs, nitrogen fertilizer, moth balls: Ah, the San Francisco Bay region - eternal spring. We should all live there. Remember, however, I am only The Long Island Gardener - Long Island, New York, other side of the map. I am happy to offer advice as like all New Yorkers I have an opinion on...

Lawns: lawns, weed barrier, green manure
weed barrier, green manure, soil builders: Homeowners in the South sow Secale cereale - Winter Rye - used for making Ryebread and Whiskey or, from time to time, Perennial Rye, Lolium perenne - in autumn as a temporary Green Manure to give zing to the soil and that green grass glow to the Zoysia...

Lawns: lawns, canterbury new zealand, north canterbury
canterbury new zealand, north canterbury, lawn grass: Hi Mick; I am sorry, but I don t know what the weather there is now. I am in Texas, so our seasons are not the same. Check with some nurserymen in your area, or put growing lawn grass in ( and put your area), in your search engine, and look up the info...

Lawns: lawns, horticultural corn meal, fungus growth
horticultural corn meal, fungus growth, baking soda: Hi Terri; Mushrooma are a fungus, and they are usually cauesd by some rotting wood under the soil. It could be a rotting teree stump or a piece of wood left by the builders that has been under the soil and is not rotting and causing a fungus growth. likely,...

Lawns: lawns, organic lawn care, blade height
organic lawn care, blade height, harmful insects: Hi Patrick; If you let the grass grow tall, and cut off more than 1/3rd of the blade height, that is what is causing your problem. When you let it grow to say, 6 inches, then mow it to 3 inches or less, you cut off most of th blade, and you have little sticks...

Lawns: lawns, moss problem, turf grasses
moss problem, turf grasses, moss killer: Hi megan, ...real moss problem...? Top-soil chemistry is rather complex, and I cannot predict here what will happen with any actions you take in regards to your lawn or soil s future. At your lawn and garden store, you can purchase an inexpensive...

Lawns: lawns, soil organics, harmful insects
soil organics, harmful insects, chemical fertilizers: Fescue is good for your area, but it takes about as much sun as the bluegrass, but to grow grass back there, I think you are going to have to prune out some of that shade. Grass needs at least 5 hours a day, and 6 is much better. I too am terrified of snakes....

Lawns: lawns, chafer grubs, field grass
chafer grubs, field grass, yellow patches: Shirley, the world is a very big place. And if I have to guess what part of the planet you live on, we are going to get nowhere fast. Look how many days have gone by. I need to know where you live because if you live in the South, as in Alabama or Florida,...

Lawns: lawns, lime oil, fire ants
lime oil, fire ants, flower beds: I have never tried lime peels, because here is Noth Texas, limes are much more expensine. Orange oil is what is recommended for fire ants. I know lemon oil will repel other ants, but I don t know about limes. Grapefruit peels will keep dogs off the lawn and...

Lawns: lawns, artificial turf supplier, mature compost
artificial turf supplier, mature compost, planting sod: Marilyn: Some challenge! I found a research station linked to the University of Arizona in Lebanon, OR. I found no research describing such a lawn, though there are studies of arid lands and plant sciences. Not ridiculing, I did notice an artificial turf...

Lawns: lawns, balanced fertilizer, starter fertilizer
balanced fertilizer, starter fertilizer, food with iron: Same type, just plain old table sugar, but, I use only Imperial Sugar on my table.LOL. for my yard, I buy the cheapest brand, and when it is on sale at the grocery store, I buy enough to do my yard next time I need it. My front yard is 65 Ft, wide, and including...

Lawns: lawns, growth spurts, grass types
growth spurts, grass types, soil surface: Sodded lawns (e.g. rolls of grass) can be mowed as soon as it has rooted into the soil. Check by grabbing an edge and pull it upwards. if it is well knitted into the soil, you can mow it. This is typically 2-3 weeks after sodding. Seeded lawn (established...

Lawns: lawns, grub worm killer, lawn maintenance program
grub worm killer, lawn maintenance program, little black ants: Hi Steve; Not sure if the ants could have caused it. Hard to tell, because ants and some other insects gather round when there is anything that is attractive to other bugs happens. Dig a bit of that spot up, and see if you have a lot of grubs under there....

Lawns: lawns, tomato ketchup, acid soil
tomato ketchup, acid soil, acid content: Hi Gillian; I have never heard that about tomatoes, but it doesn t make sense to me, since it is the acid in the urine that damages the lawn, and tomatoes have a high acid content. I think the damage is due to two things. Too infrequent watering and too...

Lawns: lawns, japanese beetle grubs, inch diameter holes
japanese beetle grubs, inch diameter holes, white grubs: Good afternoon Frank: Lawn damage by raccoons, skunks and other insect eating creatures are brought on by an influx of grubs in the lawn. Usually, at least 10 to 12 grubs per square foot are necessary to cause turf injury. Even though the grub population...

Lawns: lawns, grub worms, horned toads
grub worms, horned toads, soaker hoses: Hi Vicky Well, I have to swallow a lot of words I laughed at for a long time. The reason is really simple. Chemicals we put on our lawn unbalances nature. I love the enviornment, always have, but always figured reality was reality, and I wanted to make...

Lawns: lawns and dogs, wire fencing, synthetic turf
wire fencing, synthetic turf, oak trees: Melissa: I am afraid that the area left may be inadequate to support both lawn and traffic. The action of your dog s paws will damage grass in this small lot. If you had a yard thirty by thirty, there would still be wear at the fence and gate. Installing...

Lawns: lawns -- fairy rings, lawn care business, fairy rings
lawn care business, fairy rings, baking soda: Hi Wendy; If by lawn care business you mean those dudes that spray the heck out of everything with chemicals, i am totally against their existance. One of my neighbiors used to have one of them, and every time they came and sprayed all that junk, all of...

Lawns: lawns and maples, maples, seedlings
maples, seedlings, lawns: Are you looking to stop the growth of the seedlings or the large trees? The seedlings will die after a few mowings, the trees are a tougher to handle. About the only way to control the trees other than a severe pruning are removal. Please let me know...

Lawns: lawns plus, corn gluten meal, toad stools
corn gluten meal, toad stools, raining fall: Hi Max; These mushrooms ( probably toad stools) are a fungus, and are usually caused by something wood underneath the soil, that is decayed, and the mushrooms are the blooms from this fungus. It could be dead and decaying tree roots, or pieces of wood...

Lawns: lawns in shade, toad lilies, ostrich ferns
toad lilies, ostrich ferns, nottingham england: Grass is by definition sun loving. There are shade tolorant cultivars, but even so, these will do much better in full sun than mostly shade. There are several garden plants which appreciate shady, moist spots, in fact they will do very well there. These...

Lawns: lawns, excess nitrate, fungus diseases
excess nitrate, fungus diseases, nitrate concentrations: Hi Tony, The answers to your questions depend upon the type of turf-grass you are using and there are more than twenty common types in the USA alone. But I can give you a more or less general answer. During the cold months, you do not need to fertilize...

Lawns: What to lay around stepping stones?, stone mulch, organic mulch
stone mulch, organic mulch, tall fescue: Grass will not affect drainage, which should be arranged seperately. Grass will have to be mowed whereas mulch wil have to be replaced every so often if you use organic mulch (bark). Stone mulch is no-maintenance. Personally, I like the appearance of grass,...

Lawns: laying sod in wet conditions, laying sod, dilemna
laying sod, dilemna, wet conditions: Jennifer: You are caught in the landscaper s dilemna. If the front yard is too wet to walk on, you may have to wait until it is dry enough to lay sod. Also, you can lay sod with some deviations in grade and correct with sand or soil later over the...

Lawns: laying down sod, laying down sod, dirt surface
laying down sod, dirt surface, lawn fertilizer: hi judy... the best time to work w/sod(or seed) is when the fall weather arrives(around sept 20-th here in southern NJ). 1st visit a local garden center/nursery to see what they recommend for your area. buy products from them & they should be glad to help...

Lawns: leatherback grub, lawn grub, grub problem
lawn grub, grub problem, chemical pesticides: depends on where you live in this big world. i m in southern NJ. leather back grubs are a problem in the leather hide business. that is the only one i know of by that name. it is not a lawn grub problem. take a sample of the grub. seal it in a plastic bag....

Lawns: leatherjackets, worm larvae, grub worm
worm larvae, grub worm, spring grass: Hi Steve, Leatherjacket insects are also called craneflies . They are more technically known as species of the entomological Genus Tipula, and T. dorsimacula or T. oleracea are commonly called the European Cranflies . You may try using these technical...

Lawns: leaves as fertilizer, peat moss, grass clippings
peat moss, grass clippings, soil particles: Your neighbor is a genius, Roy. Those brown leaves, like the grass clippings he probably also leaves on his lawn, decompose and are transformed by earthworms and microbes into rich, wonderful, Nitrogen-packed soil with perfect tilth and organic matter....

Lawns: level bumpy lawn, soil seed, good soil
soil seed, good soil, reseeding: Either way will work. You can till it which will give best consistency, but it leaves no original grass left. If you do not till, you will likely keep some of the original grass, but you risk that it will not be as even as with tilling. The choice is yours....

Lawns: leveling/grading your lawn, plant grass seed, excedrin headache
plant grass seed, excedrin headache, tall fescue: Lisa, you sound like a candidate for one of those old Excedrin Headache commercials. You must be one of those people who is able to stay calm while everyone else is losing it around you. Someone who should be working in a Triage Center -- ambulances arriving...

Lawns: light green circles in dark well kept lawn, green circles, responsible homeowner
green circles, responsible homeowner, dry weather: Mark, I am so glad you wrote - before calling Professionals - because these Professionals are almost always responsible for creating the problems you described, and then charging obscene fees for correcting them, then explaining why it isn t their fault for...

Lawns: is lime considered organic?, girl scout leader, soil testing
girl scout leader, soil testing, sanitary reasons: Hi Kate; Lime is organic, but,,,,, I don t use lime in my yard. I have read it is used to raise the acid level in soil, and also that it is used to raise the alkalyne content in soil. I don t know which is correct. When my girls were growing up, I was...

Lawns: lime green then dead grass, howard garrett, st augistine
howard garrett, st augistine, organic fertilizer: Hi Donna; The lime green indicates your lawn is defecient in a nutrient, most usually iron. You can get chelated iron at the nursery. I like the granulated best, as when the liquid is diluted and sprayed on, it can turn the blades it touches almost black....

Lawns: To lime or not to lime ... that is the question, girl scout leader, lava sand
girl scout leader, lava sand, natural fertilizer: Hi Ron; Using lime will raise the PH, but how much to use I can t tell you. Lime is not the safest thing to handle, so I have never bothered with it. I am not sure what is unsafe about it, I just know, when I was a Girl Scout leader, during day camp in...

Lawns: lime, soil test results, peat moss
soil test results, peat moss, soil ph: If you live in an area where the soil is naturally acidic, then adding 30 lbs pelleted limestone (caltric limestone) per 1000 sq feet is recommended. Do not lime if your soil pH is 6.0 or above. I recommend a soil test through your local county extension office....

Lawns: little flying insect in the lawn, mosquito bite, toxic sprays
mosquito bite, toxic sprays, little bugs: Hi Joe; They could be mosquitos.When I lives in Wyoming, (one summer and one winter only) the mosquitoes were so tiny, I thought at first they were gnats, until they bit and the bites swelled uop like a mountain, nd hurt worse than any mosquito bite I ever...

Lawns: I live in Michigan. I am..., clothing layers, plant leaves
clothing layers, plant leaves, plant energy: Undiluted vingegar has been known to be a reasonably effective organic way. It is difficult on tough weeds, and will need to be repeated quite often. You can also consider using the product called Round-Up (by Ortho). It is a herbicide which is taken...

Lawns: I live in south western Ontario Canada (London area) and have weeds in new sod, western ontario canada, south western ontario
western ontario canada, south western ontario, skull and bones: Marlen, I don t know why people think you should just spray this and that all over the place to get rid of weeds. You have sod, put down some black plastic over the places where you have weeds or just yank them out and sow your grass. Who did that work?...

Lawns: How long does dormancy last???, northern exposures, grass type
northern exposures, grass type, micro climate: Lawns are only starting to come out of dormancy now. In a few weeks they should start to grow faster and turn green. It depends a bit on the micro climate (southern / northern exposures), grass type and number of days with warmer temperatures. In May, the...

Lawns: How long do I keep my grass for winter?, east bench, short grass
east bench, short grass, dormancy: Go ahead and Mow. Short Grass won t matte up the way it would if it was Long. Yes, you worry about stimulating growth on plants by pruning them or trimming them this late in the season. But the Grass will be dormant shortly just because the Soil is cool,...

Lawns: a lot of weeds....no grass, peat moss, bark mulch
peat moss, bark mulch, loose soil: Hi Daiel; First make sure you have good, loose soil. Buildres usually bring a little bit of top soil, but they only put about 1 or 2 inches of it down, and there may be hard clay underneath, in which case you are going to just buy years of trying to amend...

Lawns: lush and healthy weeds, natural weed killer, native grass
natural weed killer, native grass, shady yard: I don t know where this article appeared, but it seems that it reached an awful lot of people. There is absolutely no truth to the claim that mowing a Lawn short -- which I take to mean around 3 inches or less -- is going to expose Grass to so much UV it...

Lawns: MAINTENANCE FREE LAWN, ground covers, ground cover
ground covers, ground cover, trellis: You really have more choices than you think. I have asian Jasmine on the shady part of my lawn, that doesn t get enough sun to grow grass. where Asian Jasmine gets sun, it spreads faster. some varieties have pretty, sweet smelling blooms on it, in the spring....

Lawns: MAINTENANCE FREE LAWN, turf grasses, brick pavers
turf grasses, brick pavers, debris fall: Hi Jan, Short of tiling or paving the area over with something non-organic and non-botanical like brick, pavers or cement,.... There are no easy and low maintenance solutions for full-sun lot areas other than the classic American turf-grass lawn. Or,...

Lawns: Maintenance, fungus treatment, grass area
fungus treatment, grass area, poor soil: The agricultural corn meal will take care of the fungus. the baking soda is more for smaller areas, or if you can t find the cornmeal. I am not sure if Home depot carries orgaincs much. walmart carries some. If you live in texas, Calloways nurseries carry...

Lawns: Major grub infestation, aftermath, japanese beetle grubs, grub problem
japanese beetle grubs, grub problem, chemical poisons: Maybe I m too worried about this sodic soil you are growing in. The Government of New South Wales runs a website to help its farmers. The NSW people point to several reasons that irrigating crops with water testing for a high pH can interfere with nutrients....

Lawns: Making liquid fertilizer, pelletized lime, liquid fertilizer
pelletized lime, liquid fertilizer, chemical fertilizers: Hi Dale; Well, if you have radmy answers, you know I am TOTALLY against chemical fertilizers, especially ones with wed killer in them. They CAUSE problems, they don t solve them. Making a liquid of it, I would think, would pose even more of a danger of...

Lawns: Manure, soil aeration, cow manure
soil aeration, cow manure, horse manure: Good morning Andrea: Some information on manure can be found at: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/ptlk/1618.html Cow manure contains 5.7 to 7.2 % Nitrogen of dry weight. Horse manure contains 3.2 % Nitrogen of dry weight. Surface applications of...

Lawns: Maple Trees, acid loving plants, evergreen needles
acid loving plants, evergreen needles, mid west states: I am not convinced that the explanation is correct. Maple leaves if left on the ground will decompose. If not hot composted (in a compost pile which heats up) the cold composting process produce a result called Leaf Mould which has an acidic soil pH (typically...

Lawns: Maple tree sap, red maple tree, neighborhood dispute
red maple tree, neighborhood dispute, tree sap: Hi Larry; Sorry, but there is no way to keep a tree from dripping sap. I had to have a much wanted mimosa tree chopped down for that reason. The sap will destroy the paint job on a car, and it was a no win situation for me. If the tree is not on your property,...

Lawns: Massachusetts , white grubs (zone 10 I believe), white grubs, grub control
white grubs, grub control, sodded areas: Sorry to hear about your problem. Grubs eat the crown of the plants and it will not survice and you should rake up any loose grass and reseed. Use a grubicide now, and every year from here on onwards (atleast for 2-3 years). Right now choose a product...

Lawns: MEYER ZOYISA, shallow water applications, thatch rake
shallow water applications, thatch rake, grub ex: I don t know why the grass died, but it could be grubs. Every few months, check the top 6 of soil for grubs (small c-shaped maggits). They eat the roots of the turf. Apply an insecticide for grubs ( grubicide ) in early spring and then again in mid summer....

Lawns: Michigan lawn care, thin lawns, michigan lawn care
thin lawns, michigan lawn care, feeder roots: It is true that a lawn grown in shade, and especially in competition with large feeder roots of mature trees, will never be as dense and lush as a lawn in full sun. However, to improve odds, you can: - fertilize 3 times per year in late may, early september...

Lawns: Micro-Organisms (sp?), quality compost, germination times
quality compost, germination times, micro organisms: Don: I know of no way to contact her other than through AllExperts.com. Sorry. To answer your question regarding proper time to start a lawn: Start when you are ready Choose the turf you desire Check seasonal germination times for seed or with your...

Lawns: Mid-Iron Grass, horticultural corn meal, grub problem
horticultural corn meal, grub problem, grass roots: Hi Ed; I have no idea what Mid-Iron bermuda is, and I tried to look it up, but ould find nothing on it. hiose spots could be a fungus, coming from a dead tree roots or pieces of wood under the soil that was left there by the builders. That is usually the...

Lawns: Minnesota organica, organic gardening products, browerville mn
organic gardening products, browerville mn, organic landscape: The Twin Cities Green Guide (http://www.thegreenguide.org/greenpages/index.php) posts pro-earth landscaping services along with Bike Repairers, Nature Centers, Alternative Energy, Schools and other categories all doing earth-friendly business. You can...

Lawns: MOSS, types of aquatic plants, water hyacinths
types of aquatic plants, water hyacinths, algae problems: Hi Greg, About ALGAE problems: Where settled pools and ponds-reservoirs of water get a dose of sun-light, algae will prosper. You can use chemicals and other strategies to control algae. Chemicals which help control algae in ponds and water pools...

Lawns: MOSS, moist moss, moss growth
moist moss, moss growth, grass growth: Moss is not fueled by the algea. Moss will grow in consistently damp, shady conditions. If the top soil layers are allowed to dry out by the sun, moss will die. moss is a weak plant which can not withstand competition with an actively growing lawn. In a...

Lawns: Mold or Fungus on lawn, marathon sod, soil acidity
marathon sod, soil acidity, mold problems: i m in southern NJ. sounds like a fungus. the dust things are called spores. that is how they reproduce. you should only water when it is necessary. many people kill their lawn by watering improperly. water in the AM so the turf can absorb the water rather...

Lawns: Molded Soil??, type mold, wood scraps
type mold, wood scraps, planting grass: Hi Shirley; That would be an easy one, except for the fact you have so much sun in your yard. With that much sun, it can t be an ordinary fungus type mold. The sun would kill that. It must be some type of chemical that is in the soil, or has been put on...

Lawns: Molded soil??, sod seed, lawn fertilizer
sod seed, lawn fertilizer, turfbuilder: It sounds like the soil has had wooden particles incorporated which are now breaking down. My guess is that the landscaper brought in topsoil with mulch mixed in, or that the previous owner had the area mulched with shredded hardwood rather than grass,...

Lawns: Molded soil???, slime mold, wood mulch
slime mold, wood mulch, fairy rings: Good Morning Shirley: A white or light yellow mold-like growth may indicate the presence of a saprophytic soil fungus, a fungus that lives on dead or decaying matter. I have a hunch that your yard has a great deal of wood mulch, sawdust, or other construction...

Lawns: Mole or some other burrowing fella in my yard, gopher traps, weed popper
gopher traps, weed popper, grub problem: Well, Jefffffff, in that case you should take a look at the State of Washington official word on the subject of Moles(http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/moles.htm). Your state has its own special variety that is omniverous. This is interesting. Sort of cute,...

Lawns: Mole problems, insect larva, insect larvae
insect larva, insect larvae, random samplings: Hi Shane, About burrowing Rodents: These seem to be a common problem and one which seems to exist in proportion to a homeowner s distance from an urban center. A mating pair of moles can produce 1-4 offspring with multiple broods per year, so their...

Lawns: Moles in the lawn, ceyenne pepper, grass snakes
ceyenne pepper, grass snakes, grub problem: Hi anne; Go on an organic lawn program and make a healthy enviornment for lizards, toads, grass snakes and beneficial insects, and you will not have a grub problem or ny other harmful incests. Toads and lizards eat grubs, toads eat slugs, and they makes...

Lawns: Moss, kentucky blue grass, pruning trees and shrubs
kentucky blue grass, pruning trees and shrubs, lawn care practices: Good afternoon Janine: Moss in the lawn is a common problem. Moss signals that grass is weak and has thinned for some reason, allowing the moss to take over. There are many causes, including excessive shade, compacted soils, poorly drained soils, low soil...

Lawns: Moss, mulch areas, indoor potted plants
mulch areas, indoor potted plants, hydrogen peroxide: Hi Daniell Well, you could remove the mulch and find out the problem for the mushrooms, and then put the mulch back. You might try this, it ill only take a few days to see if it works, and if it doesn, you have saved yourself a lot of work. I saw a couple...

Lawns: Moss, true moss, toadstools mushrooms
true moss, toadstools mushrooms, irish moss: Moss. lichens , toadstools, mushrooms,and some other plants are fungus. True moss is that fungus(mold) that grows in the shade. Some Plants are inapproprietly Called moss because of the close resemblance. Irish moss is my favorite, but these do not...

Lawns: Moss between blue stone, buttermilk recipe, poor drainage
buttermilk recipe, poor drainage, tiny yard: Not everybody wants to get rid of moss, Linda - just people who don t know any better. I shouldn t really say that of course. Moss can shorten the life of a roof, gets slippery when wet, and will do real damage to a lawn if it spreads. I have a friend...

Lawns: Too much Moss, not enough Grass, lawn care practices, poor air circulation
lawn care practices, poor air circulation, poor turf: Good Morning Ed: One of our experts has written the following article which may be of help to you. Copy and paste to your browser and hit GO . http://www.allexperts.com/asp/articlev.asp?ArticleID=16 Moss invading lawns is a common problem. Moss thriving...

Lawns: Moss Lawns, grass weeds, product dries
grass weeds, product dries, cardboard piece: Buy a spray bottle of round-up (available at walmart, home depot, lowes, or a garden center) and spray on the leaves of the weeds. Use a cardboard piece to create a screen between the moss and the weeds (if the round-up drifts onto the moss or drips down onto...

Lawns: Moss on my lawn, grass seeds, compact surfaces
grass seeds, compact surfaces, moist surfaces: Moss mainly grow in shade. An area subjected to consistent shade, especially in winter will have moss growing. To eliminate moss, reduce shade by opening up trees by pruning, removing fences or moving or cutting shrubs back. Since moss grow well on hard...

Lawns: Moss on lawn, moss problem, carbonate salts
moss problem, carbonate salts, turf grasses: Hi William Corwin, There are several variations of calcium-hydroxide/carbonate salts that are called Lime . They should all do the same thing to the top-soil, namely raise the pH and make the soil less acid, which is a condition mosses like (i.e., an...

Lawns: Moss removal, clorox water, chemical fungicide
clorox water, chemical fungicide, moss removal: Hi Violet; just thought you might be the same one. she is into gardening, cooking, crafts, about all the things I answer on boards for. She asks very intellegent questions. For the safety of your cats, I would use baking soda. You might secure them in...

Lawns: Moss, compact surfaces, limestone rocks
compact surfaces, limestone rocks, soil ph: Contrary to common belief, moss does not need acidic (low soil pH) to live. It can survive equally well at high and low pH s. Moss is an adventitious plant which will grow when conditions favor it, but in reality it is rather weak. It will grow where no other...

Lawns: Mostly Bare lawn, cool season grasses, chemical dimension
cool season grasses, chemical dimension, harmful insects: Hi Ron; If you have mild summers you could grow fescue, but if it gets terribly hot in the summer, where you live, that would not be a good choice. Fescues are cool season grasses, and severely hot weather will kill it out. As far as going organic, if there...

Lawns: Mowing lawn, providence rhode island, grass state
providence rhode island, grass state, growing grass: OK - a quality Sun mixture from a supply store ... That s a cool Grass seed that we can narrow it down to. Make sure that Medium setting translates to a 2 1/2 inch mowing height for your Grass -- nothing shorter. Keep it sharpened and find someplace...

Lawns: MUSHROOMS, soil builders, damp weather
soil builders, damp weather, baking soda: Hi Hoyt; Mushrooms are not necessarily a simple problem. cool, damp weather can cause them,but if they are a cronic problem, chances are they are growing from something under the soil. Builders sometimes leave pieces of wood lioeing around, and they get...

Lawns: Muddy Lawn, bark mulch, track mud
bark mulch, track mud, loose soil: Hi Charlotte; If it is clay soil and hard, the problem is made easier to put stepping stones down. They won t sink into that clay, but clay usually doesn t stay that muddy. Clay won t let water soak in if it is extremely hard. One thing, if you decide to...

Lawns: Muddy Yard, winter rye grass, rye grass seed
winter rye grass, rye grass seed, winter rye grass seed: Hi Carl, About Mud and Dogs, Temporary Bare-Earth Treatments. If it is a small dog and the house has an entry from the yard to the garage,...it may be more practical ...during the muddy days... to trian the dog to use an area of the garage. Places like...

Lawns: Mulching frequency, blade height, grass blades
blade height, grass blades, flower beds: Good Afternoon Bjorn: Congratulations on your new mower! When cutting your lawn, it is advisable to cut at a height of 2 Ĺ to 3 inches. Cut more frequently and remove approximately 1/3 of the grass blades at a mowing. When grass is cut too short and...

Lawns: Mulching versus grass, bark mulch, pachysandra
bark mulch, pachysandra, groundcover: Everybody LOVES the idea of Monsanto s Round-Up Glyphosate being safe. If it s so safe, why does it kill people? A Case-Control Study of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Exposure to Pesticides ran in the Journal of American Cancer Society March 15, 1999 issue....

Lawns: Mulching vs Bagging, natural organic fertilizer, fertilizer nutrients
natural organic fertilizer, fertilizer nutrients, grass clippings: I prefer to use sprays such as WEED-BE-GON. Before you can eradicate, however, you need to identify the weeds. Try google weed gallery pictures and look through the websites for pictures which may match your weed. Then visit a garden center and make sure...

Lawns: Mulching?, lawn mower repair, thanks in advance
lawn mower repair, thanks in advance, mulch: Hi Adrian; Sorry, I know nothing about how to fit the blades on. I don t have a mulchung mower, I just go over everything a second time and that mulches it up enough. Maybe you could call a lawn mower repair shop and they could tell you if the blades are...

Lawns: Mullberry Trees, mullberry trees, mulberry trees
mullberry trees, mulberry trees, weed killer: Good afternoon Douglas: Only a couple of herbicides effectively control mulberry seedlings. Because herbicides can damage adjacent vegetation if sprayed haphazardly, apply carefully to leaves of the seedlings using a paintbrush. Paint on glyphosate (Round-Up)...

Lawns: Mushroom or fungus pests, sugar maples, fairy ring
sugar maples, fairy ring, bakersfield california: Good Morning Frank: I am sending you two web sites that may explain your dilemma in regard to the mushrooms. It appears that the consultant you spoke to is right on track. I have not tried the product that appears in the second web site but it may be worth...

Lawns: Mushroom removal, soil fungi, acre lawn
soil fungi, acre lawn, construction debris: Mushrooms are the above ground signs of fungi which resides in the soil. Fungi feed on wooden material which is (partially) decomposed. Once the food source disappears, the fungi dies and mushrooms disappear. The threads which connects the fungi and the...

Lawns: Mushroom removal, corn gluten meal, potassium bicarbonate
corn gluten meal, potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate: Hi Dan; I just answered the problem of mushrooms for Connie. Here is a copy of my answer to her. This will work for you too. There is a little more in there about organics. Charlotte Hi Connie Most often mushrooms come from something under the ground...

Lawns: Mushroom removal, automatic sprinklers, acre lawn
automatic sprinklers, acre lawn, suburbs of chicago: Quickest way is to rake the lawn every morning. People often want to do that with this problem because they worry that children will pick and eat one. Where did these come from? Did you get a lot of rain recently up there? No mushrooms before? You...

Lawns: Mushrooms, fairy rings, baking soda
fairy rings, baking soda, disolved: Be very careful using lime, it acidizes the soil, and too much acid can kill your grass and some plants. Lime will not do anything about mushrooms. They are a fungus, and you need to use a good fungicide. I use baking soda disolved in water to prevent fungus,...

Lawns: Mushrooms, compost heaps, microscopic spores
compost heaps, microscopic spores, turf grasses: Hi Gregory, Mushrooms like a moist rich soil, and this is what sod often comes with. New sod requires a lot of watering for a while, and especially so at this time of year. After the sod is well-rooted and normal watering starts (usually 1-3 inches...

Lawns: Mushrooms, silver maple trees, tim robson
silver maple trees, tim robson, brown mushrooms: Hi Timothy; There are two reasons for mushrooms, that I know of. Too much shade and too much moisture, or decaying material under where the mushrooms are growing. This could be a decaying piece of wood or root from some other plant that was there, or a dead...

Lawns: Mushrooms, silver maple trees, soil fungi
silver maple trees, soil fungi, tim robson: Mushrooms are the above ground signs of soil fungi. The fungi feed on organic matter, such as dead tree roots, and old leaves. The mushrooms tend to pop up when there is plenty of moisture available. Mushrooms are not a sign of something being wrong. It...

Lawns: Mushrooms, silver maple trees, mushrooms and toadstools
silver maple trees, mushrooms and toadstools, microscopic spores: Hi Tim, Mushrooms and Toadstools in the lawn are not a serious problem. In fact they can mean you have a highly fertile soil. They need moist conditions to thrive. Therefore they can also indicate that the lawn is receiving too mich water. Try to manually...

Lawns: Mushrooms, hydrogen peroxide, bathroom floor
hydrogen peroxide, bathroom floor, dampness: Hi Anthony; Mushrooms are fungus. They grow where there is dampness and decay. I would say you have some decaying wood where they are growing. Pour some clorox or some Hydrogen Peroxide down where the mushrooms are growing and it will kill the fungus,...

Lawns: Mushrooms, grass clippings, grass roots
grass clippings, grass roots, drastic measure: Bill: Thank you for the clarification. If the mushrooms are inkcaps, their growth from dead mulch is a possbility. Inkcaps are small mushrooms which grow quickly and whose caps turn black after fruiting. However, there are thousands of common mushrooms...

Lawns: Mushrooms and brown spots, soil test kit, nitrate fertilizer
soil test kit, nitrate fertilizer, turf grasses: Hi Dave, You did not mention what type of turf grass you have for a lawn; information here has been made more general for all types of lawns. Mushrooms: Mushrooms in the lawn are of no consequence or threat. Use plastic gloves to pull the mushrooms...

Lawns: Mushrooms in grass, mushrooms in grass, fairy circles
mushrooms in grass, fairy circles, woody material: Fairy circles are a common phenomenon caused by colonization of a single fungal growth on some woody material. In the case of a farm field, it could be old hay in the soil. They are slow growing and may last many years. One in northerm Michigan covers...

Lawns: Mushrooms in Lawn, mushrooms in lawn, starter fertilizer
mushrooms in lawn, starter fertilizer, st louis dispatch: Your rich, fertile, forest-dug screened loam is to blame, sir. Mycorrhizal mushrooms and their spores were active in the topsoil when it was harvested. Now it s on your Lawn. Believe it or not, this is actually a good sign. See this article, The truth...

Lawns: Mushrooms in my lawn, olympic rain forest, jim gibbs
olympic rain forest, jim gibbs, mushroom compost: Hi Harold, Mushrooms in the lawn are generally harmless and little more than an eye-sore. Harvest the fruiting bodies BEFORE they can make zillions of SPORES to cause larger populations is a major preventive strategy. Applying commercially available...

Lawns: Mushrooms and powdery mold, toad stools, commercial fungicide
toad stools, commercial fungicide, powdery mold: Hi Doug; Jeepers. do you have black mold on your lawn??? Clorox will kill black mold in the house, and whatever you have is certainly a mold, and mold if fungus, so spraying a fungicide to saturate it should get rid of it. Clorox will kill fungus, as I...

Lawns: Mushrooms in my back yard, soil fungi, kansas city mo
soil fungi, kansas city mo, construction debris: Mushrooms are the above ground signs of fungi which resides in the soil. Fungi feed on wooden material which is (partially) decomposed. Once the food source disappears, the fungi dies and mushrooms disappear. The threads which connects the fungi and the...

Lawns: About Mushrooms in my yard, two dogs, automatic sprinkler
two dogs, automatic sprinkler, shrooms: Very interesting, Meranda. First off, if you RAKE daily, you ll get the itsy bitsy mushrooms before they get to be softball sized. And then you will not have to worry about the dogs. Odds are, the dogs will not like the smell of the shrooms. But why...

Lawns: Mushrooms, mushrooms and toadstools, toad stools
mushrooms and toadstools, toad stools, fungus spores: Hi Andrea, About Mushrooms and Toadstool Fungi in Lawns: As with weeds, mushrooms and toad-stools can be a continuous intermittent presence in the landscape. The appearance of mushrooms and toads-tools in the lawn is a good indication of soil fertility....

Lawns: maintaining St. Augustine lawn, st augustine grass, weed killers
st augustine grass, weed killers, fire ants: Hi Dave; Lawn services that wewd, feed spread pesticides are absolutely RUINING out atmosphere, enviornment and ability to live and breathe. Ok, that s my Enviornmentalist speech for today. Seriously though, I struggled with the big bags of dertilizer,...

Lawns: what makes moss grow in your lawn?how to make grass fill in the bare spots in georgia clay dirt?, turf grasses, moss killer
turf grasses, moss killer, brian moss: Hi Brian, MOSS PROBLEMS: Moss and shade problems often go together. Moss likes shade and damp soil conditions. All turf grasses like lots of sun-light and good drainage; they can usually do OK with any typical soil that is not to compacted or fast-draining....

Lawns: making a raised lawn, peat humus, patio fire places
peat humus, patio fire places, railway sleepers: Yep, you will have to break up that concrete, or have it removed. If you leave the concrete down,without breaking it up, there will be no drainage, except out at the sides, and that will keep the soil soggy. You might look into some of the other ideas on...

Lawns: manure and bermuda, soil fertilizers, chicken manure
soil fertilizers, chicken manure, beneficial microbes: Hi Gary; Chicken manure is high in acid, so not good for moast grasses. I use sugar, yep, plain old table sugar. See, weeds won t grow in fertil soil, they like poor soil. fertilizers and all the junk we put on lawns kill out beneficial microbes that enrich...

Lawns: maple trees, sandhills region, pinkish color
sandhills region, pinkish color, maple trees: Connie: The answer depends on where you grew up. If your home was north of the Sandhills region of eastern US, the tree was probably a sugar maple, acer saccharum. If you grew up south of the Piedmont region of the eastern US, it was probaly a red maple,...

Lawns: maples for the south, fruitless mulberry, colorful trees
fruitless mulberry, colorful trees, kind of trees: Hi Douglas; I don t know what kind of trees do best i your area, and the color depends somewhat on the soil conditions there. Maples are shallow rooted trees and are shorter lived. Also, with shallow rooted trees, they teir roots tend to come up close to...

Lawns: microbes living in lawns, human pathologies, human syndromes
human pathologies, human syndromes, harmful microbes: Species of soil bacteria which can be implicated in human syndromes include members of the genera: Clostridia (causing Tetanus ), Mycobacteria (causing lung and skin diseases), Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Proteus, Pseudomonas, Diptheroids,...

Lawns: mildew on the dirt under the lawn, soil fertilizers, better shade
soil fertilizers, better shade, poor soil: Hi Jill; The sugar feeds the beneficial microbes that enrich your soil. weeds like poor soil, and will not thrive in rich soil. fertilizers and other chemicals kill out these beneficial microbes.Sugar, dry molasses, anything with a high sugar content feeds...

Lawns: mildew smell in yard, mold and mildew, mildew growth
mold and mildew, mildew growth, porter paints: I m going to give this my best shot - but I have to warn you I don t think this is a gardening matter, even if it is happening in the garden more or less. If you find someone more qualified comes up with a better answer, I d go with their solutions. So...

Lawns: minimum germination temperature, south east virginia, tall fescues
south east virginia, tall fescues, soil temperatures: Soil temperatures cool more slowly in fall and are slower to warm up in spring. Therefore, even with the temperatures you have now, the soil temperatures will be buffered and allow germination. It may take 21-30 days to germinate with the current temperatures....

Lawns: missing grubs, university of mass amherst, green manure
university of mass amherst, green manure, chemical fertilizers: Sorry to hear about this, Jennifer. I can help you with your Lawn. I agree, Grubs are not going to be your problem -- but people with the best intentions love to blurt out answers, and sometimes they are right. Not today, though. I was not there when...

Lawns: mixed grass types or weeds?, tall fescue, turf grasses
tall fescue, turf grasses, grass types: Hello Carl, Tall Fescue is often confused with Crabgrass by many homeowners. Fescue shares a lot of Crabgrass traits and it tends to be coarser than most other lawn turfs. So when mixed with Bluegrass or other top drawer turf grasses, it sticks out like...

Lawns: mixing of grass, kentucky blue grass, drought tolerance
kentucky blue grass, drought tolerance, bermuda grass: Bermuda grass is famous for its solo act. Most turf specialists insist that it does best when it is not mixed with any other grasses. In fact, they often warn homeowners not to mix common Bermuda with hybrid Bermuda. Funny looking patches will result...

Lawns: molasses fertilizer, fire ant control, fire ants control
fire ant control, fire ants control, beneficial microorganisms: The friendly Texas Dirt Doctor, Howard Garrett, posts a whole essay on this very subject, dear: http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_question.php?id=1249 Dry molasses isnít really straight dried molasses. Itís molasses sprayed on a grain residue carrier....

Lawns: mold on lawn from fertilizer, organic fertilizer, sulfate of potash
organic fertilizer, sulfate of potash, feather meal: Marilyn: Unfortunately, bagged organic fertilizer in manufactured by the people who put together ingredients to make an analysis. The ingredients of this fertilizer are described on the Scott s website as: *************** Q. What is the product made...

Lawns: mold, hydrogen peroxide, corn gluten
hydrogen peroxide, corn gluten, fungus problems: Hi /mark; I have been getting a lot of questions about black mold this year. I have never seen black mold in lawns before. I am thinking it is probably the same black mold that grows in our houses because of dampness. That black mold is not nearly the scary...

Lawns: mole crickets, mole crickets, soom
mole crickets, soom, crickets: Hi Bill; If you have started getting lizards, toads etc in your lawn, they should eat them all soom. I am trying to look up mole crickets on the ghorganics site, and it isn t working right, so have to wait till the ix it. DRAT!!! It will probably recommend...

Lawns: moles, mole problem, champlain valley
mole problem, champlain valley, green ash: Moles can be round, oval, flat, or raised but are not always precancerous... oops! Wrong moles. Uh, ok, moles: Would you do me a favor and take a peek at the photo posted by the Royal Horticultural Society (www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profiles1000/moles.asp)?...

Lawns: moles, grass snakes, beneficial organisms
grass snakes, beneficial organisms, jim sugar: Hi Jim; Sugar does absolutely nothing except nourish the beneficial microbes that enrich the soil. Using an organic program, rather than chemicals SOLVES lawn care problems. Chemicals CAUSE the problems. Chemicals kill off the beneficial organisms that...

Lawns: moles/castor oil, mole control, caster oil
mole control, caster oil, chinch bugs: Good morning Pete: Trapping is the most reliable method of mole control. Traps, designed especially for mole control, are commercially available. These are the harpoon trap, the choker trap and the claw-type trap. I prefer the harpoon trap because the mole...

Lawns: moles, mole infestation, cat hater
mole infestation, cat hater, cat cats: the best way to get rid of moles during any season is to get(hire, rent, buy, etc.) a good cat. cats will rid your area of moles, voles, mice, and other unwanted varmints. they will even show you how their work is progressing by bringing the heads and/or...

Lawns: mosquito control, citrosa plant, national gardening association
citrosa plant, national gardening association, american botanical council: Hi Jason. Look carefully aroud the door area, and under the house there. I would bet you have some standing water around there. The plant i use is labeled mosquite plant in the nursery. It is a variety of geranium. I am not sure exactly which variety....

Lawns: moss, underground sprinkler system, soil acidity
underground sprinkler system, soil acidity, water grass: Moss is a weak plant which only grows on consistently damp surfaces. In low light conditions of early spring moss is not uncommon. as sunlight becomes stronger during the summer, it will have less chance of survival in sun. What you can do, is to water...

Lawns: moss, moss problem, grass seeds
moss problem, grass seeds, wet climates: Moss generally grow in hard compact soil in shady areas with consistent moisture on the soil surface. well aerated soil in direct sun will seldom have a moss problem. some areas (like the US Pacific North West) can have problems with moss in the winter...

Lawns: moss, pruning trees and shrubs, lawn care practices
pruning trees and shrubs, lawn care practices, poor air circulation: Good evening Rick: In regard to moss in your lawn, one of our experts has written the following article which may be of help to you. Copy and paste to your browser and hit GO . http://www.allexperts.com/asp/articlev.asp?ArticleID=16 Moss invading...

Lawns: moss, grass requirements, grass growth
grass requirements, grass growth, aerating: Moss is a relatively weak plant but will grow where conditions are evenly moist and where grass dont grow well (lack of sunshine, compacted soil etc). This typically happens where the sunlight is not very bright because hot bright sun will kill moss. To...

Lawns: moss?, egg shells, pencil line
egg shells, pencil line, coop ext: Miracle Gro - It could be worse, don t fret too much about it. You do not want to fertilize the moss by the way. This stuff thrives in poor soil. The sun is your biggest roadblock. Who knows, maybe it will all fall into place - the green pencil look would...

Lawns: moss, zinc sulfate monohydrate, moss problem
zinc sulfate monohydrate, moss problem, moss removal: Hi Cathy! You know, some people would love to have your Moss problem - I know several who are banging their heads against a wall trying to cultivate moss between flagstones or on bricks. The Japanese have their Moss Gardens too. Of course, if they would...

Lawns: moss for brick sidewalk, moist fertile soils, acid loving plants
moist fertile soils, acid loving plants, microscopy uk: Hi Cindy, Moss is a generic term for dozens of low-growing, ground-hugging, usually tiny-leaved or fuzzy -leafed plants that some people hate (as weeds) and others love as ground covers. In my experience,...It seems to grow best by some phenomenon...

Lawns: moss control, soil dries, moss treatment
soil dries, moss treatment, compact soil: To understand how to control moss, I would like to tell you how moss grows. Moss is a relatively weak plant which is easily crowded out by grass which is a stronger plant. However, when the circumstances favor moss and disfavor grass it can be almost impossible...

Lawns: moss, grubs, crabgrass, northern westchester county, soil fertilizers
northern westchester county, soil fertilizers, crabgrass killers: I didn t tell you about grubs. North Texas is FULL of grubs and the Japanese beetles that are their adult stage. We call of them June bugs, because they come out of the ground and swarm in June, here. My lizards eat them. Haven t had a grub problem since...

Lawns: moss on lawn, moss problem, turf grasses
moss problem, turf grasses, soil amendments: Hi Rich Ochs, Moss (or what people call moss ) is more often associatied with a high-clay top-soil than with a sandy soil. NATURAL CAUSES of MOSS: Top-soil vegetative growths called MOSS become established in lawns when grass vigor is reduced,...

Lawns: moss problem, moss problem, baking soda
moss problem, baking soda, garden sprayer: Hi Darlene; Yep, you can use a fungicide, if you don t want to use a chemical, use baking soda disolved in water. Disolve about 4 teaspoons per gallon of water. Put it in a garden sprayer and spray until the area is saturated. If you can trim trees or remove...

Lawns: moss/roofs/lawns, zinc strips, roofing expert
zinc strips, roofing expert, oregon state university: OK. You asked for it. Zinc is an essential element needed by plants, necessary for growth. What for? Zinc is central to regulation of growth and for making chlorophyll and carbohydrates, as well as reactions of enzymes in life processes. If a plant...

Lawns: moss in yard, lime lime, coop extension
lime lime, coop extension, clay soil: Moss needs SHADE, MOISTURE (as in Clay Soil), and a LOW PH to grow with vigor. If your soil is poor, acidic, compacted and has terrible drainage, you can see why Moss would love living at your place. Lime will do it. Pelletized lime will slow-release...

Lawns: moss, turf grasses, lawn grasses
turf grasses, lawn grasses, turf grass: Hi Rose Boyce, All turf grasses like lots of sun-light and good-draining moderately fertile top-soil. If you can provide these conditions and keep the turf-grasses happy,...then there will be no problem with moss. As far as lawns and grasses are concerned,...the...

Lawns: mossy lawn, mildew on plants, chemical fungicide
mildew on plants, chemical fungicide, powdery mildew on plants: Hi Ken; Usually when you see moss it is because there is too much shade. Can you prune out tree or shrub branches enough to get more sun on the lawn? You might spray the area with a fungicide, which should help get rid of it. If you want to use a chemicle...

Lawns: moth's, adult moth, sod webworm
adult moth, sod webworm, grass blade: Good Morning Jan: From your description, I believe you have Sod Webworm. The adult moth is ĺ inch long, light tan or buff colored, and holds the wings close against the body in a tubelike fashion when at rest on a grass blade. When disturbed, the moth will...

Lawns: moths in lawn, cool season grasses, adult moths
cool season grasses, adult moths, sod webworms: To quote the Colorado State Extension Service on this, Ants, ground beetles, rove beetles and other insect predators are highly effective in controlling sod webworms. Parasites of sod webworms -- parasitic wasps, microsporidia and fungal diseases -- are also...

Lawns: I moved into a new home last..., japanese beetle grubs, destructive insect pest
japanese beetle grubs, destructive insect pest, white grub control: Good afternoon Dom: White grubs are the most serious and destructive insect pest in the lawn. The extent of grub damage may vary from year to year. Grubs are white in color, with a characteristic C shape body when found in the soil feeding on lawn roots....

Lawns: When to mow, tall fescue, dixie chopper
tall fescue, dixie chopper, dixie choppers: Dixie Choppers -- the world s fastest Lawnmower, and boy am I jealous. That looks like SO MUCH FUN to drive one of those around. I would take it to Starbucks every day before I get started. Yes, they are a bit heavy on the Soil. You have to take it...

Lawns: no-mow grass, american lifestyle, lush lawn
american lifestyle, lush lawn, bad reputation: Barbara: ADDENDUM: I IN NO WAY INTENDED TO CHIDE YOU ABOUT WANTING A LUSH LAWN. I WAS MAKING A COMMENT ABOUT THE AMERICAN LIFESTYLE OR MISCONCEPTION OF A LIFESTYLE) AND PREFERENCE, EVEN REQUIREMENT, FOR NICE THINGS WITHOUT A HIGH INVESTMENT. I DESIRE...

Lawns: When to mow newly seeded grass?, yard broom, winter dormancy
yard broom, winter dormancy, grass seeds: You ve got me. I haven t seeded a lawn in in over 40 years, and I didn t know about putting straw over it back then. Have you tried to lift it off with a grass rake? Use your greass rake (yard broom) and lift off a little bit of it and see if the grass shoots...

Lawns: mowing and crab grass prevention, crab grass preventer, weed killers
crab grass preventer, weed killers, improving your soil: Hi Lorraine; Well, I don t use weed killers at all, or any other chemical lawn products. Chemicals CAUSE the problems, they don t solve them. In any case, it is too late to use the pre-emergent. That has to be used BEFORE the weeds start to grow. You...

Lawns: mowing and cuttings, dark compost, grass clippings
dark compost, grass clippings, wood shavings: All the wonderful free Nitrogen sitting somewhere in a heap and wasted! Holy mackerel, Lee! What do you do with the Autumn Leaves? Got any chopped up wood shavings or chips? What happens to this family s vegetable peels and scraps? Get these all...

Lawns: mowing height in general, creeping bent in particular, cool season grasses, cornell cooperative extension
cool season grasses, cornell cooperative extension, lawn grasses: I recommend 2.5-3.5 for most cool season grasses. In summer, raising mower height to 3 is recommended to preserve water. The low growing grass is probably creeping bent. Swamp grass, if it is the same as I am thinking off, is a tall, wide leaves grass...

Lawns: mowing new lawn, harmful insects, brad pitts
harmful insects, brad pitts, grass killer: Hi Vani; This is amusing. When I was a kid, one of my fvorite movie hunks was Van Johnson. In the 50s and early 50s. he was one of the Brad Pitts of that era. You are NOT doomed, BECAUSE you didn t use weed killer. Weed killers CREATE more problems...

Lawns: mowing and plant growth, warm season grasses, cool season grasses
warm season grasses, cool season grasses, bermuda grasses: This is correct. The phenomenon you are asking about is called tillering . If you cut a grass plant, some grass types tend to send up offsets (side shots) which helps create a bushier plants. In southern part of USA with warm season grasses, mowing new...

Lawns: mowing, putting green grass, short grass
putting green grass, short grass, bentgrass: 3 inches is great -- unless you re growing Colonial Bentgrass putting-green grass. In which case a half inch would be closer to the perfect Lawn than 3 inches. Colonial is a VERY short Grass. Zoysia, fairly short. Kentucky Bluegrass, moderately high. ...

Lawns: muddy lawn, organic lawn care, peat moss
organic lawn care, peat moss, bark mulch: Hi Nancy; I just had this same question from Greg. Here is my answer to him. Charlotte ------------------------------- Questioner: Greg Miller Category: Lawns Private: no Subject: muddy yard/not much sun Question: I live in a town...

Lawns: muddy yard/not much sun, bark mulch, sandy loam
bark mulch, sandy loam, clay soil: Hi again Greg; I just got the notice of feedback, so I read your other questions. When you want a followup question answered, I get it sooner if you post it here, rather than with the rating. Yep, that clay means that soil is not going to grow diddly. ...

Lawns: muddy yard, shavings, mulch
shavings, mulch, puddles: If drainage is an issue (puddles form and wont disappear for hours) you need to improve drainage before you can correct the problem. In most cases, putting a 3-4 layer of mulch (shredded hardwood shavings) is enough to temporarily reduce the mud problem....

Lawns: mulch, soil test kit, turf grasses
soil test kit, turf grasses, mulch layer: Hi Daniel P., Using the Weed-Barrier fabric landscaping material is highly recommended. Without it, you will probably have many hours of weeding to do no matter how deep the mulch layer is. In regards to the acid soil: I suggest you invest in an...

Lawns: mulch, scrap lumber, top soil
scrap lumber, top soil, rotten wood: Hi Daniel; If your soil has too much acid, don t put lime on it. That will add more acid.Have you had the soil tested? Ask your nurseryman or County Extension Agent what is best for your area, if ther is really too much acid. 6 to 10 inches of mulch should...

Lawns: mulch, health food store, hardwood mulch
health food store, hardwood mulch, lil critters: Hi Randy; Pine and hardwood mulch attract termites, jst l;ike any other wood does, but the scent of cedar repels a lot of insects. The mulch is not treated with anything, it just has a natural cedar smell. Cedar oil would probably do the same thing, but...

Lawns: mulch fungus, eco system, mulch
eco system, mulch, central illinois: This is normal. Fungi will grow on dead wooden plants which mulch is. Decomposing mulch will enrich the soil so it is not a worry. Instead rake it to hide the yellow spots (they will likely return). This can be unslightly, but it is not bad at all. In fact,...

Lawns: mulch from Hurricane Katrina, coptotermes formosanus, hurricane katrina
coptotermes formosanus, hurricane katrina, formosan termites: This was an Urban Legend that started showing up in my mailbox shortly after the government botched the Katrina cleanup. It says: If you use mulch around your house be very careful about buying mulch this year. After the Hurricane in New Orleans many...

Lawns: mulch, landscape fabric, compact soil
landscape fabric, compact soil, grass growth: With 6-10 of mulch you do not need landscape fabric. Kill existing weeds by spraying with a contact herbicide like ROUND-UP (glyphosate) before putting down mulch. Once round-up has dried on the leaves of the weeds (hours), it is harmless and children...

Lawns: mulching gas mowers, thatching rake, grass blades
thatching rake, grass blades, dull blade: Grass blades, if mowed with a certain regular frequency, will not contribute to thatch. Dead roots, crowns and runners are more likely to do so. The grass blades themselves contain very little solid material and is mainly water. If you mow high and mow frequently...

Lawns: mushroom in lawn around a tree sick tree, wood privacy fences, loss of vigor
wood privacy fences, loss of vigor, dead roots: Pat: From your description, it would appear that the maple is declining. Loose bark at the base, loss of vigor in the limbs, fewer leaves all indicate disease. The mushrooms also seem to indicate dead roots, as the arborist said. It is hard to lose a...

Lawns: mushrooms, corn gluten meal, potassium bicarbonate
corn gluten meal, potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate: Hi Connie Most often mushrooms come from something under the ground like a rotting dead tree root or piece of wood under the surface. Dig right under where the mushrooms are and see if there is sometning rotting under there, or, just use a fungicide. I...

Lawns: mushrooms, bad bug book, inky cap mushrooms
bad bug book, inky cap mushrooms, mushroom toxins: Mushrooms often pop up in your Lawn out of the blue following long rainy spells. The two most common Mushrooms are both saprophytic (decomposer) varieties: a group of species all called Inky Caps (seen in clusters) and the telltale Fairy Rings which grow...

Lawns: mushrooms, mushroom caps, denver international airport
mushroom caps, denver international airport, turf manager: Luke: You have described a difficult situation. The mushrooms are large and, apparently, powerful. I will not speculate on the genus and species. That is for an mycologist or an expert mushroom fancier to determine. The coniditions you described seem...

Lawns: mushrooms all over my lawn, shiitake culture, shiitake mushrooms
shiitake culture, shiitake mushrooms, white clover: The recurring Mushrooms-in-the-Lawn question. Must be Mushroom Season. Never heard of that? Yes, to every-thing there is a Season, and this is when the Mushrooms start busting out all over. If you were in France and had the right pigs, you would be Truffle-hunting....

Lawns: mushrooms in lawn, mushrooms in lawn, woody material
mushrooms in lawn, woody material, acre lawn: Ridding a lawn of mushrooms may be like fighting one of the monsters from below. The mushrooms must have a proper food source in your lawn. Their seeds, spores, are so numerous that there will be no way of reducing them. The root mass, or mychorrizae,...

Lawns: Do mushrooms mean soil is too wet, mulch bed, mushrooms
mulch bed, mushrooms, answers to questions: Kelly: Mushrooms in a mulch bed may almost be normal. They are feeding on the decay of wood and require moisture to survive. Their appearance is not an indication of too much moisture unless the soil is soft where they grow. Is this near an air conditioning...

Lawns: mushrooms popping up everywhere!, fungus flowers, pelletized lime
fungus flowers, pelletized lime, growing mushrooms: I ll tell you something about Mushrooms. Think of them as Flowers, Angelia. That s right. Fungus Flowers. They grow from spores. They need certain things to grow. When they bloom , and you see those Mushroom Caps on your Lawn, it tells you there is...

Lawns: mushrooms, st augastine grass, ring fungi
st augastine grass, ring fungi, mushrooms in lawns: Good evening Greg: Fairy Ring and Mushrooms in Lawns: Fairy ring appear in various ways in the lawn. Perhaps the most common, especially in spring, are circles or arcs of dark green, lush, fast growing grass. These rings are most commonly between 2 and 15...

Lawns: mushy backyard, compost manure, peat moss
compost manure, peat moss, drainage pipes: Crystal, A lawn that is constantly soggy could be headed for a variety of potential problems. If it is, improving the soil underfoot, and your drainage, ought to become your first priority now. Because if you don t, you may just wake up one morning, look...

Lawns: mushy water soaked lawn., retainer wall, bark mulch
retainer wall, bark mulch, good soil: Hi Vince; You probably have clay a few inched down that will not let the water drain, or a layer of rock. Adding enough soil to take care of the excepp water would do two things, give you deeper good soil to grow in, and raise the lawn so excess water can...

Lawns: mycellum fungus on lawn, smut fungi, nitrate fertilizers
smut fungi, nitrate fertilizers, toad stools: CHi Chris The term mycelium refers to a phase in the growth-cycle of the higher fungi. The fungus producing the spider-web like mycelium will usually eventually demonstrate the fruiting bodies (mature phase) which are the mushrooms and toad-stools that...

Lawns: Nasty Lawn, water restriction, poor soil
water restriction, poor soil, rich soil: Hi Tee; The water restrictions may be a problem. It is much better to keep the ground moist while the new sog developes enough roots to start growing. Deep watering once a week should keep most of it alive and spreading. The sooner you get started, the...

Lawns: NC weed and plugging, crabgrass plants, scotts turf builder
crabgrass plants, scotts turf builder, weed seeds: Plugging (I suppose that would be core aerating ?) can be beneficial especially in aggressive spreading grass like bermuda for example or on hard clay soil. It is not absolutely required on an established lawn, but it can be beneficial. Overseeding at the...

Lawns: Need Help with Grass, brown grass, seed maryland
brown grass, seed maryland, soil test: For the benefit of the rest of the class, first let s define ORGRO Biosolids Compost - locally sold composted biosolids treated with lime and sold in certain parts of the country. You can read about the announcement when Baltimore, Maryland officials delivered...

Lawns: Need help bring my yard back from the dead, turf irrigation, quality compost
turf irrigation, quality compost, winter grass: Your co-workers are right. However, I do not know: 1. where you are, 2. what type of lawn you have, 3. what your goals are. The obvious choice is to have sod installed - not cheap but effective. Another choice is to tend what you have until fall (if...

Lawns: Need urgent help !, lawnmower engine, personal pace
lawnmower engine, personal pace, reply thanks: Toro makes some great products. This model gets mixed reviews on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Toro-20017/dp/B00026041). Some Toro Lawnmowers use Tecumseh engines that might have been recalled due to fuel line problems. If you are serious about this...

Lawns: Neem Oil and other questions, corn gluten meal, potassium bicarbonate
corn gluten meal, potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate: 1. Dogs are one of those toys that comes with side effects, and brown spots in the lawn is one major side effect. Best option is to get your dog to GO in the same (unobtrusive) place every time Nature calls. You can try pouring water over any marked territory...

Lawns: New Bermuda Lawn, grass snakes, wild violets
grass snakes, wild violets, weed killers: Hi Bonny; If you want to go organic, don t use that weed and feed. If you use chemical products, it will cancel out your organics, because the purpose of organics is to get natural things working in your soil and lawn, and the chemicals kill all the beneficial...

Lawns: New Bermuda, new bermuda, nut grass
new bermuda, nut grass, bird seeds: Thanks Wynne; I relly was trying to find out the name of that variety of Burmuda. Now I can find it without the nurseryman looking at me like I am from another planet.LOL About the bird feeders. When you follow an organic program, it will not matter how...

Lawns: New construction lawn installation over weeds, alfalfa meal, lava sand
alfalfa meal, lava sand, bark mulch: Hi Calvin; Glad to hear you are into organics. Do you have soil with good drainage, or do you have too much clay or sand? If your soil drains well, for at least 6 to 8 inched down, I would just start with the area you want filled in well with grass, unless...

Lawns: New dwarf fescue sod gone bad, san joaquin valley, pop up sprinklers
san joaquin valley, pop up sprinklers, starter fertilizer: Mike, You have a healthy sense of humor about the incident. Hats off. Scott s is right about liability. The combination of moisture, temperature and abundant nitrogen brought on the fungus, which is what the symptoms describe. The slow release character...

Lawns: New Fescue Lawn, starter fertilizer, tall fescue seed
starter fertilizer, tall fescue seed, fescue lawn: This is not uncommon on newly seeded lawns. apply a 2nd application of turfbuilder fertilizer now, and then change your watering pattern to 1-2 times weekly, but water more deeply, e.g. such as 60-90 minutes per application. Apply more fertilizer next fall...

Lawns: New Grass Dying, grass seeds, new grass
grass seeds, new grass, crabgrass killer: Hi Steve; It depends on what kind of grass you have. Some grasses as well as other plants don t like their feet to stay wet. Browning off sounds more like it may be a fungus. the best fungicide I have used is baking soda disolved in water, and spratyed...

Lawns: New grass, nerve gases, starter fertilizer
nerve gases, starter fertilizer, weed and feed: Oh, dear, Beth. You must have been tearing your hair out about this. Take a deep breath. What s done is done. If you have an organic lawn, you can probably kiss it goobye. For now. You certainly would have a legal action in that case. A friendly...

Lawns: New Home & New Lawn with lots of weeds, cool season grasses, pelletized lime
cool season grasses, pelletized lime, nancy nancy: Nancy, you sound like such a nice person I think it is just terrible, this Fescue Fiasco. You really do have quite a situation with the new lawn. Glad to hear you used Pelletized Lime, that s a little more expensive but I think it is best to use. ...

Lawns: New Home, new yard, grass snakes, harmful insect
grass snakes, harmful insect, weed prevention: Hi Paul; The best weed prevention I have ever found is a total organic program. Weeds like poor soil and don t thrive in rich soil. Concentrate on making rich soil and the weeds and insect problems will take care of themselves. for every harmful insect...

Lawns: New Lawn, harley rake, soil supplier
harley rake, soil supplier, soil amendments: Hi Dan, ...new lawn ...? It s Good to know you are defining your individual working tasks and making step-wise plans to be more efficient. Ask you top-soil supplier if he offers a Rich-Mix blend soil for new lawns. This will have soil amendments...

Lawns: New Lawn, calgary ab canada, soft soil
calgary ab canada, soft soil, sorry dave: Water well then roll. Did you get rained on this week? Don t over-water. Water, then roll, then pray those roots are still intact. DO NOT LET IT DRY OUT! Those roots are already damaged. Deal with the soft soil later. What did you use for soil? Did...

Lawns: New Lawn, creeping red fescue, broadleaf herbicide
creeping red fescue, broadleaf herbicide, perennial ryegrass: Kevin: I would not worry too much about early performance. Weeds will take space until the lawn fills in. Do not apply herbicides now. They will stunt or kill the young grass. Be patient and wait until the grass develops into full size plants, then...

Lawns: New Lawn, landscape work, landscape contractor
landscape work, landscape contractor, guarantee issue: Dan: Sounds like a guarantee issue. The first week is critical for establishment. It should have been watered every day in this summer heat. At least every other day. You can try to revive it with water, without drowning it or leaving puddles in...

Lawns: New Lawn, urea 46, organic solution
urea 46, organic solution, lawn tools: Good to hear from you again, Vila. You have done some fine, first rate followup work here and I must commend you. First: Any fertilizer with an analysis of 46-0-0 or 0-0-60 is NOT Organic. They may simply not be able to do that. Even professionals who...

Lawns: New Lawn, rust fungi, rust diseases
rust fungi, rust diseases, ectomycorrhizal fungi: My friend, you have done an excellent job, going to extremes to get those Pine stumps out of the ground and not wait for Mother Nature to decompose them for the next 100 years while you struggle with a Lawn. But one detail I was watching for did not appear...

Lawns: New Lawn, st augistine grass, cinch bugs
st augistine grass, cinch bugs, warm climate: Mr. Maszy: I do not know where you are located. I can not tell what type of weather you have had. The sod is new. I would give it some more time. Dead leaves below the top growth are normal. I WOULD keep an eye on the small spots. If they increase...

Lawns: New Lawn, phosporous, home depot
phosporous, home depot, weed seed: Hi there I suggest yo to try for john deere landscape or other agriinput supply companies. Basic idea behind this is we need more Phosphorous for root system thaan nitrogen or potash. Try to find out with more P based fertilizer that is fine.or you can try...

Lawns: New Lawn, starter fertilizer, seed establishment
starter fertilizer, seed establishment, long rain: Annual and perennial rye will take 3-7 days to germinate and this is likely what you see. Fescues should be just around the corner. kentucky bluegrass may take 14-30 days (probably no more than 14 days due to warm soil tempertures). If you are concerned,...

Lawns: New Lawn, nitrogen fertilizer, fertilizing lawns
nitrogen fertilizer, fertilizing lawns, preemergence herbicide: Good Evening Dan: It appears that your lawn is doing very well. If your lawn is as thick as you say there is no need to put down anything with a weed killer in it. If you do spot some broad leaf weeds here and there spot treat those areas only not the whole...

Lawns: New Lawn, warm season grass, st augustine grass
warm season grass, st augustine grass, little rock arkansas: It is usually a good idea to revitalize an old lawn. A shady area lends itself best to the growing of st. augustine grass in your area. This grass is best established via sod or plugs. You can buy plugs (small round or sqaure rooted pieces of grass)...

Lawns: New Lawn, soil fertilizers, grass seeds
soil fertilizers, grass seeds, soil chemical: Hi Ivan; I wouldn t go to all that work of removing all the old grass. In the first place, anytime you put down grass seeds, it has some weed seeds in it. Slso weeds seed into your yard by the wind, birds, lots of ways. Make very rich soil, and it doesn...

Lawns: New Lawn, grass lawns, scotts halts crabgrass preventer
grass lawns, scotts halts crabgrass preventer, greener than grass: Hi Dan. Welcome to the neighborhood. First things first. If you are going to grow The Perfect Lawn, you can t use Scotts. They make very bad things and put them in colorful sacks at low prices and sell them to innocent people who really have no...

Lawns: New Lawn, nut grass, insect problems
nut grass, insect problems, annual flowers: Hi Mike; DON T fertilize ATALL!!! Instead, this is a very good time to start an organic program, that will save you tons of work and frustration and scads of money, and labor. I have been on my organic porogram for about 10 years. I live in the Dallas area...

Lawns: New Lawn, corn gluten meal, horticultural corn meal
corn gluten meal, horticultural corn meal, grass snakes: Hi Gracie; Thgis is a perfect time for you to start an organic program. Organics works the same all over the world. With chemical lawn care, you have to apply them at a certain time of year, or they just don t work right, and some not at all. For grub...

Lawns: New Lawn Dogs Urine, turf grasses, harlow essex
turf grasses, harlow essex, soil amendments: ...the problem still exists... Many conditions and problems can affect turf grasses and lawn appearances. Without a more technical and direct close-up examination of your soil and lawn, the advice given here is based entirely upon the information provided...

Lawns: New Lawn, Do I fertilize again before winter, sioux falls sd, grass seed
sioux falls sd, grass seed, acrage: Hi Mike; Organics means all natural things put on your soil, not artificial chemicals. Fertilizers, week killers, fungicides and pesticides do more damage that just about anything to our enviornment. They are poisonout to animals and people. For every...

Lawns: New Lawn...Hay/Straw Take Over, season crop, hot summer
season crop, hot summer, weeds: The best you can do is to mow frequently and low (1.5-2 tall). Eventually the hay will disappear. I do not know if it will be damaged by frost (I depends on the type of hay and whether the crop was used as cool season or warm season crop) but my best advise...

Lawns: New Lawn for New Home, non woody vegetation, woody weeds
non woody vegetation, woody weeds, plant hardiness zones: Hi Steve, The USDA and Nurserymen have established a system of HORTICULTURAL PLANT HARDINESS ZONES based upon 10-year low temperature averages. Medina county is, I believe, in zone-6. Use only plants and grasses rated for your zone: (near) Zip Code:...

Lawns: New Lawn project, bark mulch, alfalfa meal
bark mulch, alfalfa meal, awesome landscape: Hi Lars; Don t remove the weeds, just mow them short, and till them into the soil. Let them add nutrients to the soil to help the grass they tried to kill, grow. I think that is good revenge for them being there.LOL They have the same nutrients in them...

Lawns: New Lawn Seeding/Fertilizing, world champion team, starter fertilizer
world champion team, starter fertilizer, lawn seeding: Jack: Just keep the ground moist, or damp below the surface so the seed can have moisture. If you water enough, the dew will help in the morning. The moisture will move from the soil, up and should keep the seed wet enough to germinate. With cooler temps,...

Lawns: New Lawn Seeding, grass seedlings, grass clippings
grass seedlings, grass clippings, little birdies: Hi Jeff, if you are planting a field of hay for a hay crop, yes, that is a good idea. Not saure I would advise it for a residential lawn. You don t need the new grass seedlings shaded, they NEED the sun to grow. You DO need a thin cover of straw to cover...

Lawns: New Lawn seeding, home depot thanks, fiber mulch
home depot thanks, fiber mulch, grass seeds: Good morning Nicholas: Unfortunately you did not indicate your location. I will have to assume that you reside in a cool season grass area. That area is were the grass is green in the spring and fall and goes dormant during the summer months of July and August....

Lawns: New Lawn / Weeds, free fill dirt, grass seeds
free fill dirt, grass seeds, lawn weeds: Kill the crabgrass and everything else with Round-Up (a weed and grass killer) now. Spray on calm day and avoid drifting to desireable plants and bushes or they will be damaged, too. Round-Up will kill existing plants and will not leave residue in the soil...

Lawns: New Lawn, harley rake, starter fertilizer
harley rake, starter fertilizer, lawn rollers: If possible, mix the topsoil into the top 4-6 of soil rather than just layering on top. This is not critical but gives a better result. I recommend laying down the soil and then water heavily and wait for the soil to settle (or wait for rain). This is...

Lawns: New Lawncare, harmful insects, unstable weather
harmful insects, unstable weather, southwest ontario: Hio Deb; Sorry, I don t do celcius.LOL I live in North Texas, and I don t think anywhere has more unstable weather than we have, especially this spring. It is winter one day, and summer the next, or something we least expect. We are also right in tornado...

Lawns: New lawn, fescue sod, oxygen exchange
fescue sod, oxygen exchange, cloudy weather: Yes hold off watering. Try to water only every 3-4 days. you can let the lawn dry out significantly now. The soil under the sod must be MOIST - never dry - but not wet/saturated either. If wet/saturated, the roots can not grow into the soil (roots require...

Lawns: New lawn, dry weather, rootlets
dry weather, rootlets, fescue: Scott: The watering schedule sounds prudent. I would evolve it to longer deeper waterings farther apart to make sure the soil is saturated and that the grass has to depend on roots to pull water. Water through the leaves will not force the roots to do...

Lawns: New lawn - bad fungus problem, peat moss, fungus problem
peat moss, fungus problem, fungus control: Ask as many followups as you need to, my friend. This is a complicated subject, as anyone can see. I can t emphasize too much the Fungus Fable and the three legged stool. We live in a very commercial world, and advertisers have learned that they can ...

Lawns: New lawn drying, garden lawn sprinkler, water timer
garden lawn sprinkler, water timer, turfbuilder: Seeds need to be kept consistently moist until germination or the seeds die. I would probably buy a new bag of seeds and re-seed the area. Then cover the seeds with a bale of straw (available at garden centers). One bale will cover approximately 1000 sq feet....

Lawns: New lawn problem, grass snakes, professional landscapers
grass snakes, professional landscapers, old sod: Hi victoria; I don t think they should call themselves landscapers. No, you diodn t do anything wrong. Watering it three times a day was what was wrong, after hiring them in the first place. It is a little late to seed now, and expect a lawn to grow this...

Lawns: New lawn in a shady area, peat moss, inch diameters
peat moss, inch diameters, starter fertilizer: Good evening John: I am sorry that we didn t make contact before you went to all that work. Growing a lawn in the shade of any type of tree is a very disheartening plan. Soft maples have many surface roots called feeder roots. It is true that they take some...

Lawns: New lawn in summer, grass seed germination, cool season grasses
grass seed germination, cool season grasses, turf seeds: Good afternoon Hank: I live in central Illinois. We could really use some of your 80 degree temperature. It has been in the mid 90 s here for the last eleven days. Timing is critical to assure success when seeding lawns. Cool Season Grasses, as you have...

Lawns: New lawn w/o topsoil, green manure, nitrogen generator
green manure, nitrogen generator, cover crops: Vive la Quebec - I had no idea. Glad you wrote back! Let s talk about ways to Grow Grass in Canada. Have you seen the Green Pages of the Montreal Botanical Garden? They make some key points in the Lawns and Ground Covers section (http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/en/info_verte/pelouse_ecologique/sol.htm):...

Lawns: New lawn with weeds, bermuda grass sod, grass weeds
bermuda grass sod, grass weeds, fight fungus: Kenneth: You, probably have the same type soil we have here, a Georgeville clay. It is a fine soil if treated right. I am afraid to find out what type of grass-like weed you describe. If it is another grass, you are fine. You can wait until winter to...

Lawns: New lawn, perennial rye grass, grass lawns
perennial rye grass, grass lawns, starter fertilizer: I am sorry to hear about your problems with the new lawn. My guess is that it was attacked by fungus due to hot humid conditions. This sometimes happens. The best you can do is to water infrequently but deeply when you do water (such as once per week...

Lawns: New Peat Sod, grass seeds, lawn fertilizers
grass seeds, lawn fertilizers, soil chemical: Hi Sean; Whether or not the seeds under the sod will grow is not a certainty. There is nothing wrong with broadcasting by hand. Using a spreader does NOT insure a better planted lawn. All grass seeds will have some weed seeds in there too. The only way...

Lawns: New Sod, fescue sod, soil test
fescue sod, soil test, first few days: Your new Fescue should be watered A LOT the first few days, tapering off depending on the weather. You don t want to keep it soaking wet. But it should never dry out. Those roots are delicate and they need to be taken VERY good care of, just like a new...

Lawns: New Sod put down over alot of top soil, retainer wall, new roots
retainer wall, new roots, top soil: These critters are a necessary part of the ecology, and they will gravitate to safe enviornments. My grandchildren love to watch the lizards. We don t see the grass snakes. When they hear footsteps etc, they scoot for cover, so as not to be harmed. Toads...

Lawns: New Sod: brown and dead, exacting science, brown patches
exacting science, brown patches, soil analysis: Hi, Una - This is a sad story indeed. But not unusual at all. It s hard to sod a lawn in July. Not impossible. Almost impossible. You say the topsoil seemed fine enough - but your dad did not really know because he did not have a soil analysis. This...

Lawns: New Sod dying, bark mulch, loose soil
bark mulch, loose soil, clay soil: Hi Ilene; If the soil is not hard clay, but nice loose, drainable soil, then it is th way the lawn is being cared for. If the soil is hard clay under a cople inches of top soil, that is the problem. Nothing is going to grow there until that clay is broken...

Lawns: New Sod installation problem, sod installation, grass clippings
sod installation, grass clippings, garden in the sky: Not your fault, Mark, that you did not believe this Sod would expire before Saturday. Root damage begins as soon as the Sod is lifted out of the ground. Now you re racing against the clock. How fast can that Sod get back in the soil before it s too late?...

Lawns: New Sod Maintenance, laying down sod, grass fungus
laying down sod, grass fungus, drop cloth: Sounds like you re in trouble, Brian. I have to ask you: Did you ROLL the sod after laying it? Did you do any soil prep? The leaves should be raked and composted just in case you get lucky and can apply it next spring. Opening up the grass to light...

Lawns: New Sod Maintenance, dry soil, central virginia
dry soil, central virginia, sod: Use a light plastic rake and carefully rake the leaves. The sod will root more slowly in cool soil, but there is still time. The soil below the sod should be damp. It should not remain saturated/soaked, but it should not be dry either. Dry soil will...

Lawns: New Sod & Plants, weed control program, center nursery
weed control program, center nursery, dormancy: actually fall is a better time of the year to plant. do it now. it is cooler and plants are heading towards dormancy for the winter. also plants are normally on sale because garden centers are trying to reduce the # of plants they have to store for winter....

Lawns: New Sod and Weeds, grassy weeds, pre emergent herbicide
grassy weeds, pre emergent herbicide, stay on the grass: You can use weed-and-feed fertilizer in fall (september or october). Apply when the lawn is not draught stressed and apply to WET turf. Let the product stay on the grass (and weeds) for the time listed on the lable, then water in well. weed-and-feed will...

Lawns: New Sod, bluegrass sod, south southern california
bluegrass sod, south southern california, perennial ryegrass: In zone7 (northern CA) you will surely have cool season grass (fescue, kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass) as opposed to warm season grasses grown further south (southern california). In your area it is most likely Kentucky Bluegrass sod (the most common...

Lawns: New St. augustine sod not growing after 3 weeks, warm season grasses, dormancy
warm season grasses, dormancy, cubic yards: Stephanie, Thanks for the question. Your nursery is probably correct. When warm season grasses begin to come out of dormancy it expends much of it s stored energy into the cells in the leaf of the plant so that photosynthesis can occur and it can start...

Lawns: New sod questions, tall fescues, tall fescue
tall fescues, tall fescue, drip line: Hi Todd, ...bode well...beginning to brown...? Only Use plants and grasses rated for your climate-zone. HORT ZONES from ZIP CODES: http://www.arborday.org/trees/whatzone.html Without a visible inspection and/or image or specimen/sample...

Lawns: New sod st agustein, fungus problem, grass blade
fungus problem, grass blade, weed killer: Scalping is the term we use when Grass is Mowed too short. The number one rule in mowing is that you do not Mow off more than 1/3rd of the blade of your Grass. If you have a St Augustine Lawn, it should be mowed down to 2 to 3 inches to be healthiest...

Lawns: New sod, dry water, sod
dry water, sod, deg: To ensure proper rooting, the sod and the soil 1 under the sod should be kept moderately moist, but not dry and not saturated/soaked. Usually watering once per day or once every 2-3 days if it is not very hot, is enough to get it to root. I would lift...

Lawns: New soil for new lawn, drainage problems, anaerobic bacteria
drainage problems, anaerobic bacteria, weed seeds: Boy you re quick. Monitoring for Fungus -- you should be monitoring your WATERING, not for Fungus. Water, let it dry out, Water, let it dry out. In this case, make sure you water before the Sod goes down -- and you want rich, healthy Loam for the new...

Lawns: New topsoil and mud, grass seeds, wet soil
grass seeds, wet soil, drain line: William: If the drain line is installed and moving water away from the unit, I would put in the topsoil. As you add it, mix it with the wet soil to break up any puddle that may have formed. The rest should wick away through the new soil. Plant seed and...

Lawns: New turf lawn in snow, soil temperatures, screw driver
soil temperatures, screw driver, different corner: You do not need to water the turf as long as it is snow covered. Evaporation is reduced due to the snow cover. once the snow cover disappear resume watering. The best time to establish a new lawn is when the soil temperatures are between 10 and 20 deg C....

Lawns: New zoysia sod, sugar & ants, zoysia sod, grass snakes
zoysia sod, grass snakes, alfalfa meal: Hi Linda; You water the sugar in, so it doesn t attract ants, besides, if you do get ants when you have a healthy enviornment for toads etc, they will get fat and sassy on the ants. Chopped orange peels scattered over your yard, will keep fire ants out of...

Lawns: Newer Sod in a Sad State, red fescue, fall fertilization
red fescue, fall fertilization, blues grass: The sod probably grow poorly in very compact soil. Is the lawn area very shaded ? I recommend that you core aerate this spring and repeat in fall. Core aerating involves a machine which pulls plugs of soil from the ground and leave them on the surface to...

Lawns: Newly Seeded Lawn - not very green??, domestic lawns, turf grasses
domestic lawns, turf grasses, lawn grasses: Hi Bob, ...areas are not as green ..? We like our domestic lawns to be hyper-green ; applying fertilizers is expected to optimize the grass s natural or wild-state greeness. The foliage of grasses, like trees and other plants, can consist of more...

Lawns: Newly Seeded Lawn - not very green??, slow release fertilizer, carbohydrate storage
slow release fertilizer, carbohydrate storage, carbohydrate reserves: Hi Bob, sounds like your lawn is doing great. Isn t the light green martian color just wonderful ? It is quite normal on newly spring seeded lawns. The carbohydrate storage is very low in newly established grass plants, especially since it is growing fast,...

Lawns: Newly seeded lawn getting fungus, corn gluten, baking soda
corn gluten, baking soda, corn syrup: Hi Ellen To treat fungus I use baking soda disolved in water, and spray the area till saturated. You might have to treat it again as you see areas that may already be infected but haven t shown signs yet. I cannot find the right amount of baking soda to...

Lawns: Newly seeded lawn, digging holes, burrowing animals
digging holes, burrowing animals, landscaping company: Hi Mike; I have nmever had to deal with moles or other burrowing animals in my lawn, but I know how to chase them away. Sprinkle ceyenne pepper down the holes. It does the same things to their noses as it would to your s, and they will leave. As for the...

Lawns: NewSt. Augustine sod not growing yest, fresh dirt, growing grass
fresh dirt, growing grass, newst: Hate to burst your bubble Stephanis, but an hour of the sprinkler on is just teasing the grass. If ALL the water for 1 hour of sprinkling went on the ground, it would probably soak about 1 in down, possible 2 inces. Just enough to make the roots come to the...

Lawns: Nice Lawn, grass seeds, lawn grasses
grass seeds, lawn grasses, grass plants: I recommend that you apply a fertilizer w/crabgrass preventer (such as Scott s Turfbuilder with Halts) to the lawn in early spring. It should be put down very soon, within a month. Spread the lawn fertilizer uniformly over the lawn and water in well to...

Lawns: Nitrogen and Grass, nucleic acids, green plants
nucleic acids, green plants, amino acids: Take a good look at this Chlorophyll a Molecule: http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/chlrphyl/chlrphyl.html See any Nitrogen? There are different kinds of Chlorophyll. The one in the illustration above is the most common molecule, Chlorophyll...

Lawns: Nitrogen use on bermuda lawns, grass blades, center nursery
grass blades, center nursery, nitrogen: rick i m in southern NJ. it depends on where you live, how much watering has been done since the application, how high the Nitrogen percentage was, and how much was applied the 1st time... normally a 2nd high N application can be done 30-60 days after the...

Lawns: Nitron A35 Soil conditioner, soil activator, soil conditioner
soil activator, soil conditioner, beneficial organisms: The Nova Scotia Organic Growers Assn on its NSOGA Materials List (http://www.nsoga.org/FORMS/materials.doc) signs off on Nitron A35: (applying) Enzymes (is) (a)cceptable if (the Enzymes are) derived microbially from natural materials and not fortified with...

Lawns: NORFOLK PINE, acid soil, trees and shrubs
acid soil, trees and shrubs, clay soil: Hi Sherry; Could our soil be too tight? Clay soil is hard for tender roots to push through. Also, don t give too muchh food for growth. Atree will only grow in proportion to it s root system, so if it gets too much food for growth, it will actually slow...

Lawns: More North Texas lawn advice, core aeration, lava sand
core aeration, lava sand, sized holes: Hi Paul; I haven t been able to find the granulated gypsum in about 10 years here in Irving. That pelleted gypsum just is not worth anything, I think. I don t aerate. the only reason to aerate is that you have tight soil, and don t have any earthworms...

Lawns: North Texas lawn needs help, peat moss, bark mulch
peat moss, bark mulch, going in the right direction: Hi Chris; You are close to me. I live in Irving. Got the solution for you. check to see if you are blessed with some of our tight, hard to deal with clay. If so. Dump in a bunch of stuff to loosen it up. this is how I loosened ours. I put 1 part peat...

Lawns: Nut Grass - Organic Lawn Care, organic lawn care, improving your soil
organic lawn care, improving your soil, nut grass: Hi Jennifer; When you are on a totally organic program ( can t go partially organic, partially chemicals) you will soon be rid of the nutgrass. It is a weed, and weeds need poor soil to thrive. Organics makes the soil rich, and the rich soil does not support...

Lawns: Nut Grass, golf course turf, delta branch experiment station
golf course turf, delta branch experiment station, purple nutsedge: Nutgrass (aka Purple Nutsedge or Cyperus rotundus ) is one of the scariest Weeds on Earth. Starting with the Mississippi State University Agriculture website, specialist Roy Kuykendall tells us that In the South, Coco or Nutgrass is one of the worst...

Lawns: Nut grass in my lawn--How to get rid of it., fleas and ticks, peat moss
fleas and ticks, peat moss, compact soil: Hi Jerry; I haven t had to deal with weeds since I went on a totally organic program. Our organic columnist in the dallas paper wrote an article about dry molasses on the lawn. Fertilizwes kill benegicial microbes that enrich the soil. Putting dry molasses...

Lawns: Nut grass, non hodgkin s lymphoma, weed seeds
non hodgkin s lymphoma, weed seeds, hodgkin s lymphoma: Diana, I have to point out I am only the Long Island Gardener, on the other side of the planet, and other side of the country, from the famous islands where you live. Boy, I wish I could live there. And I wish I had a better answer for you. Right now,...

Lawns: Nut Nut grass, nut grass, worthy foe
nut grass, worthy foe, larry rogers: Peter: Please check the answer given to Larry Rogers, labelled disastrious lawn. Basically, an herbicide containing MSMA, like Basagran or Manage, a new one, will eventually give you control. They may not eradicate the nutgrass, but they should reduce...

Lawns: name of, weed seed germination, fusilade ii
weed seed germination, fusilade ii, proper fertilization: Mark: I assume that you have a winter grass lawn, fescue, bluegrass or like. Brome grass, bromus sp., is an annual. You can use Fusilade II, carefully, to remove it from your lawn. The chief inhibitor will be careful mowing to reduce seed production...

Lawns: natural insect repellants, clover mites, epsom salts
clover mites, epsom salts, small red bugs: Hi Tom; When you get your lawn on a totally organic program, and have a healthy enviornment for lizards, toads, grss snakes etc, they will eat all the ants, and get fat and sassy, and you will not have ant problems. Remember though, if you use any chemicals,...

Lawns: natural lawn care, master gardener course, commercial fertilizers
master gardener course, commercial fertilizers, grass type: Good evening Jim: Because you did not give me your location I am going to assume that you reside in a cool season lawn area. (North of a line through St. Louis Missouri). I am glad that you don t want to use chemicals such as fertilizer and weed killer on...

Lawns: natural repellants, hot water heater, velcro tape
hot water heater, velcro tape, pantry shelf: Hi Shelly; Okey dokey, here they are. Inside the house, I use fresh rosemary to repel all kinds of insects. About once a month, I put a piece of fresh rosemary about 1 to 2 inches long on each cabinet and pantry shelf,and linen closet shelf. A few that...

Lawns: What are the natural repellants, grub worm damage, st augustine grass
grub worm damage, st augustine grass, howard garrett: Hi Katherine; Turn up a spadeful of dirt in that brown area, and look to see if there are grubs in there. If you don t see a bunch of grubs, chances are is is Brown patch fungus. For brown patch fungus, disolve about 1 heaping TBLSP ( about 4 teaspoonfuls)...

Lawns: need new lawn in back yard plot, nitrogen fertilizer, alfalfa seed
nitrogen fertilizer, alfalfa seed, fescue grass: I d say you have one doggone problem, mister. We have always had dogs in our house - but they were banned from the garden. Too much digging, too much hunting, too reckless and, as you have noted, they can burn the heck out of anything growing back there. ...

Lawns: need soil test product, soil test kit, fuss and feathers
soil test kit, fuss and feathers, alfalfa meal: Hi Don; Are you sure ou need to do that much testing? I have never done any testing, and I don t plan to. If you have a balanced maintenance program, you don t need to . If my lawn or garden shows signs of needing a nutrient, I apply something that gicves...

Lawns: new beds, ant killers, fire ants
ant killers, fire ants, powdery mildew: Hi Laura; You need to put more sugar. I use 1 pound per 250-300sq.ft. I just broadcast it on, by hand, and water it in well. The sugar is not going to draw ants, because you water it in, but to keep fire ants out of your yard, Chop fresh orange peels...

Lawns: new bermuda and weeds, potassium silicate, texas greensand
potassium silicate, texas greensand, granite sand: Hi Whitney. I live in Irving, up by dallas, and I am putting sugar dwn now, because all this terrific heat we have had had affected my microbes. The yellow greem could be a lack of iron or another nutrient. I am copying this from Howard Garrett s website....

Lawns: new grass, new grass, mature trees
new grass, mature trees, seed bed: Grass have difficulty growing in the shade of trees. Even so called shade tolorant cultivars will always do better in more sun than shade. Grass by definition is sun loving. However, if you loosen the soil to a dept of 3-6 and rake smooth. Then sow grass...

Lawns: new grass, surface roots, new grass
surface roots, new grass, water deficiency: Could be both. Pin oaks have surface roots which can compete with grass for water. also rain may not penetrate through canopies easily thus having a water deficiency. Sun is also lacking. I prefer to grow grass atleast 4 feet away from trucks which usually...

Lawns: new grass, insect problem, kentucky bluegrass
insect problem, kentucky bluegrass, season grass: Hi Josh; I live in North Terxas too, and I doubt very seriously there is ANY variety of rye grass that will survive our winters. Kentucky Bluegrass is also a cool season grass that does not survive our summers. I have been growing a lwan and garden since...

Lawns: new grass, fungus treatment, new grass
fungus treatment, new grass, ag agent: Janis: I saw this question a while ago. I am sorry if I did not answer it promptly. The answer will depend on the amount of time between seeding and your observation of yellowing. I assume that it is approximately two weeks since seeding. The yellowing...

Lawns: new grass care, siduron tupersan, control broadleaf weeds
siduron tupersan, control broadleaf weeds, tolerant grasses: Good Morning Pat: Hopefully your cleared lot will be in full sun. Grass does not grow well in shaded areas. You are right about using preemergent weed killers on your newly seeded lawn. Except for siduron (Tupersan), all preemergence herbicides for crabgrass...

Lawns: new grass, agricultural extension agent, fertilome products
agricultural extension agent, fertilome products, scotts lawn: Hi Gary; Boy! that s a new one on me. First, I don t know diddly about Scott s products except ,I used it a couple of years when I was using chemicals, and didn t like it as well as I liked Fertilome products. About 10 years ago, I switched to organics....

Lawns: new home ,new lawn, peat moss, little buggers
peat moss, little buggers, bark mulch: Hi staphanie; NOPE! Don t put down a thinner layer of those now. for the bark mulch to do any good, it needs to be tilled in. You can top dress with the humus and peat moss, but be very sparing, especially with the peat moss lest you make your soil too...

Lawns: new lawn, equipment models, tractor mowers
equipment models, tractor mowers, garden tasks: Hi Ms Sue, ...a new lawn...? About Large Lots and Lawns: For an acreage to maintain, I think some sort of riding-mower/tractor is essential. They can start around $500 and go on up. Consider units which will come with rertain utility attachments...

Lawns: new lawn, peat moss, soil amendments
peat moss, soil amendments, bark mulch: Gene; where is saginaw. I am thinking it is not too far from me in Irving. Builders just put a thin l;ayer of top soil. they don t put decent soil instead of our clay. I had to till in some soil amendments to loosen up this hard pan clay before I could...

Lawns: new lawn, landscape company, top soil
landscape company, top soil, degree weather: I don t know where you are located, but hydroseeding a cool season lawn in 97F seems very foolish. I would contact the landscaper for a refund, if they were trying to establish a cool season lawn in hot summer temperatures. For areas wish tend to wash away,...

Lawns: new lawn, grass clippings, leaf hopper
grass clippings, leaf hopper, blade height: Hi Mark; Ok, a deep root system is, in my opinion, an absolute necessity. Deep roots help protect against heat, cold, and drought damage, and prevents thatch. Letting thatch buildup and then having to dethatch a lawn, is a huge waste and need never happen....

Lawns: What to do with new lawn?, scotts lawn service, weed control products
scotts lawn service, weed control products, lawn fertilizers: I would recommend that you wait until spring to determine if the brown patches spring back. August is a taxing month on grass. For best result, water your lawn regularly through hot summer months. When you water, water infrequently and deeply, such as once...

Lawns: new lawn, peat moss, alfalfa meal
peat moss, alfalfa meal, bark mulch: Hi Rose; Want a gorgeous lawn with no weeds and not a whole lot of work and expense? about 10 years ago I got smart enough to do away with all those chemicals and go organic. Chemicals really DO cause the problems,. not FIX them. First, you need to loosen...

Lawns: new lawn, grass snakes, bark mulch
grass snakes, bark mulch, tent catapillars: Hi Stelly; NO!!!! the rocks are not good, if they are larger than pea gravel. Just bringing in top soil will do nothing about that clay, and you will not have a good lawn unless you break up that clay, because it will not let water in to keep the grass alive....

Lawns: new lawn, chemical fertilizers, green grass
chemical fertilizers, green grass, john water: Terrific work, my friend. Keep Mowing that beautiful new Lawn. You cannot Mow a Lawn too much. It makes a Lawn feel good when you Mow it. Don t go any lower than 3 inches. Remember to keep the clippings down on the Grass now. If you were bagging them,...

Lawns: new lawn, grass seedlings, seventeen days
grass seedlings, seventeen days, new grass: Collette: I have no direct experience with anything socially acceptable. I have heard of people using wild animal urine, wildcat, bear, etc., and claiming success. Training someone else s animals should not be our responsibility, in my opinion. Maybe...

Lawns: new lawn, quality sod, peat moss
quality sod, peat moss, tall fescue: Good afternoon Neil: Sodding has the advantage of almost immediate establishment, but its disadvantages are initial cost and the high amount of labor involved. Because you are only laying 100 square feet it will be ideal. Organic matter, such as peat moss...

Lawns: new lawn, quality compost, leaf stage
quality compost, leaf stage, first leaf: Gary: You may use fresh sawdust for mulch. There are better materials, however. Fresh sawdust will demand nitrogen (N) during its decay. If you do, apply lightly just to cover seed and watch the grass performance after it passes first leaf stage. If...

Lawns: new lawn, new lawns, national drought
new lawns, national drought, fresh as a daisy: First, I d like to know why you selected Floratam. Although this is an EXCELLENT hybrid (developed through years of research at Texas A&M/U Fla), Cool weather triggers dormancy in Floratam and several other St Augustine varities during the year, as you mention....

Lawns: new lawn, bluegrass sod, peat moss
bluegrass sod, peat moss, thin soil: Good morning Neil: Because you have not given me your location, and I have had contact with three other clients named Neil, I must assume that you are in a Cool Season grass area. If you sow seed this time of year you will have a 50/50 chance that it will...

Lawns: Putting in new lawn, ph acidity, tall fescue
ph acidity, tall fescue, plant fertilizer: Good Afternoon Avis: You have plenty of time before you should put in a new lawn this year. In your area, unless you are going to use sod, August 15th through September 15th is the ideal time to begin your lawn reestablishment. First I will give you my...

Lawns: new lawn, grass seed germination, cool season grasses
grass seed germination, cool season grasses, seeding lawns: Hi Janet: It appears that you need to look at your warranty with the lawn people if you were fortunate enough to have one. Putting in a seeded lawn in your area this time of year is not a good idea. A sod lawn, on the other hand, can be put in at almost any...

Lawns: new lawn, soil fertilizers, weed killers
soil fertilizers, weed killers, fall fertilizer: Hi Anthony; Forget the weed and feed and all those other chemicals. Have you read my answers on using an organic program? Weeds won t thrive in rich soil. Make rich soil and you won t be bothered by weeds. Burmuda spreads by runners. Take good care of...

Lawns: new lawn, dry summer weather, coarse texture
dry summer weather, coarse texture, fescue lawn: Good afternoon Mike: Water Fescue sod about every two to three days, depending on the temperature. It will take about three weeks for it to completely root into the ground. Once the sod is well-rooted, it will require at least one to two inches of water...

Lawns: new lawn, transition zones, warm weather
transition zones, warm weather, lawn areas: i tried to inform you that i live in NJ. i have never been to AZ. grasses vary from one area to another, especially warm weather vs cool weather. and also transition zones. i could have tried to BS you about your area. i do know a lot about warm weather grasses....

Lawns: new lawn, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass
tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, shady mix: For the sunnier areas, I would recommend perennial ryegrass or tall fescue because both establish fast. For the shady areas, I recommend a good allround shady mix. This should contain primarily fine fescues (e.g. not tall fescue). Fine fescues are...

Lawns: new lawn gone bad, laying sod, sod farm
laying sod, sod farm, winnipeg canada: Sorry to hear your sad Sod story. For future reference: NEVER let Sod sit around. N-E-V-E-R NEVER. Now, I have to know, did you schedule the delivery of the Sod for the day BEFORE the Sodlayers were going to put it down? That s forgivable. You should...

Lawns: new lawn mowed too short, hardy grass, grass height
hardy grass, grass height, grass type: Hi Carol, Mowing new sod or seeded grass too low can cause a physiologic shock syndrome . The grass will blanch and brown-out then you may be left with a dead bare-earth area. This is sometimes called scald-scalping . Hot weather does not help this...

Lawns: new lawn questions, hardy grass, organic facts
hardy grass, organic facts, season grass: Hi again Mark; Oh, Rye will grow!!! Maybe the reason we call it a weed here is because it is a cool season grass, and when our hot summers get here, it goes dormant. A lot of people plant rye so they will have green grass longer in the fall, but if you...

Lawns: new lawn time?, hi neighbor, season grass
hi neighbor, season grass, clay soils: Hi Josh; Go ahead and put the sugar down anytime, and water it in.Once when we were supposed to get rain, I ran out and put sugar down, and for once the weathermen were right, and we got rain. I let that do my watering.LOL Put down the St. Augustine plugs...

Lawns: new lawn in utah, st george utah weather, warm season grasses
st george utah weather, warm season grasses, warm season grass: You can read about Messenger (generically this is called Harpin Protein) on the Eden Bioscience website: http://www.edenbio.com/garden/ Unfortunately, since this product is not being sold in the entire state of Utah, you will have to order it online....

Lawns: new lawn watering and fungus, fusarium blight, starter fertilizers
fusarium blight, starter fertilizers, starter fertilizer: Very interesting... gray-white, they say? The only gray-white-tinged pathogen I can think of is Powdery Mildew. But that s usually a problem you see when the temperatures are cooler, with shade-grass. It s murder on Kentucky bluegrass. Fusarium Blight...

Lawns: new lawn and weeds, tall fescue grass, cool season grasses
tall fescue grass, cool season grasses, nitrogen fertilization: First rule: Mow, mow, mow your Lawn. It s one of the best things you can do to wipe out Weeds. That s important. Why? Because right now is PRIME TIME for Weeds. It s SIESTA TIME for Cool Season Grasses in Pennsylvania. You didn t mention what kind...

Lawns: new lawn, home test kit, turf grasses
home test kit, turf grasses, plant hardiness zone: Hi Daizee, ...to get a yard started. .. While you have a bare lot, I recommend you work to make the area as weed-free as possible. It is also a good time to work to improve the top-soil. A lab-test or home-test kit may tell you more about your soil...

Lawns: new lawns, new lawns, chess board
new lawns, chess board, centipede: Centipede is only moderately shade tolerant and I do agree that St. Augustine is going to give you a better result. Instead of skipping rows, you can cut sod pieces into 3x3 or 6x6 squares. Then plant these staggered. This will look a bit like a chess...

Lawns: new residence lawn problems, grass area, culvert
grass area, culvert, ruts: i m in southern NJ. if the spots are small, remove some dirt and then put sod into the areas. you can skim off the sod, add dirt, and then replace the grass area. check w/a local garden center to see what they recommend. do it now before the heat arrives....

Lawns: What do i do with new SODS?, st augustine grass, dead grasses
st augustine grass, dead grasses, grass seeds: Watering may bring it to life, I can t say without seeing the grass. If the roots are dead, there is nothing that can be done but replace it. That much watering is just teasing it. Water untill the water is close enough to the edge of the yard to start to...

Lawns: new St augustin lawn not growing yet, poor turf, st augustin
poor turf, st augustin, dormancy: Go out in the area where the poor turf is planted. Find a piece and try to lift it with your hand. If it comes up easily (like a carpet) the pieces have not rooted. If they are not rooted by now, then I would call the landscaper back for a refund. If it can...

Lawns: new seed lawn for sand in zone 5-6, cool season grasses, bark mulch
cool season grasses, bark mulch, soft grass: Hi GRLPro; Depends on what area you live in. Cool season grasses, fescues, yes, bluegrass, etc don t weather hopt climates like we have here in North Texas. As for the sand. If it is too loose to hole water long enough to do the grass any good, you will...

Lawns: new seed, milorganite, green grass
milorganite, green grass, coffee grounds: Andrea -- Remember that saying A Watched Pot Never Boils ? Don t worry about your grass. The seed down without water in New Jersey on Monday was still there on Tuesday. You did the right thing. I have a feeling you did the quickest, simplest thing...

Lawns: new seeded grass turning redish, soil content, world soil
soil content, world soil, center nursery: it depends largely on where you live in this big world. soil content varies from area to area. i m in southern NJ. you can start by taking a sample of the effected area and putting it in a clear plastic bag and sealing it. visit a local garden center/nursery...

Lawns: new sod, lawn grasses, grass killer
lawn grasses, grass killer, yera: Hi Danny; There are many things that it could be. not watering deep enough, the soil under the sod having too much clay for the roots to get through the soil, faulty sod, that was abut ready to die already. Best to call where you got the sod, and see what...

Lawns: new sod, grass clippings, sod cutter
grass clippings, sod cutter, soil bacteria: Brett: I would recommend that the layer of grass be tilled in rather than stacked with live grass in several layers below topsoil. This technique will create layers of rotten grass which may cause root or fungal problems later. Tilling the old grass...

Lawns: new sod and crabgrass, sod, peek
sod, peek, few days: What type of sod are you laying? If you are laying bermudagrass your options are a lot better. However, you may not be able to lay bermuda depending on where you live...which would be helpfull to know as well. Please come back to me on what type of sod...

Lawns: new sod fertilization & watering, lawn fertilizer spreaders, lawn fertilizers
lawn fertilizer spreaders, lawn fertilizers, good rain: In your area fertilize in late spring, early fall and late fall. Do not fertilize during hot summer months. Always apply fertilizer to a dry lawn and water in well (or apply before a good rain storm). To calculate how much fertilizer to use, divide...

Lawns: new sod/soil conditions, aurora tx, ant beds
aurora tx, ant beds, welcome neighbor: Hi Donna; Welcome neighbor. I live in Irving. Go on an organic program now, and you will be way ahead of the game. Keep it watered well until the roots take hold and new growth starts. Right now, get enough sugar ( plain white table sugar) to put about...

Lawns: new sod, water water water, soil amendments
water water water, soil amendments, soil volume: Hi Felicia, ...sod grow better?.. About TOP-SOIL Volume: A layer of better top-soil may be all you will need to do for new-sod provided there will be no weeds or weed seeds that can pop-up through everything later to be nuisance. Try to plan on...

Lawns: new tree growth, hackberry tree, hackberries
hackberry tree, hackberries, magic wand: Now that George Bush has described for the world the location of the Secret Service post behind a Hackenberry Tree, I suppose we will have to change wikipedia and all casual references to Celtis occidentalis, formerly the Hackberry Tree, calling this the Hackenberry....

Lawns: newly seeded lawn overgrown with weeds, coop extension, usda website
coop extension, usda website, superfund site: Hello a. in NJ. Although it makes me nervous when people won t even post their First Name with their question, at least you have provided the state you live in. Can t be too careful these days w/ the internet. That said, let s see what we can do about...

Lawns: My newly sodded zoysia lawn, turf grasses, soil chemistry
turf grasses, soil chemistry, laboratory soil: Hi J Pennington, Without a visible inspection and/or image or specimen/sample to examine, realize the limitations here in diagnosing any specifics about your lawn s appearance decline. Thank you for the useful data you have provided so far. ...

Lawns: nimble will, perennial weed, microbial flora
perennial weed, microbial flora, season grass: Nimblewill - Muhlenbergia shreberi - also known as the perennial WEED FROM HELL. I feel your pain, John. Nimblewill slips into dormancy when cool-season grass is turning greener and actively growing, in spring and fall; day by day, it fades into ugly...

Lawns: nimblewilt grass, winter grass, nimblewill
winter grass, nimblewill, mechanical removal: Dee: Nimblewill is a mean foe. It should be dormant in your location, now. If not, use the Roundup method and reseed when a good kill is shown. Culural mathods of favoring winter grasses are to fertilize, aerate and overseed in fall and, again in spring....

Lawns: northern lawn care, turf type tall fescue, excessive runoff
turf type tall fescue, excessive runoff, coffee cans: Good afternoon Peter: Northern Lawn Care in General Mow bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescue to a height of 2 Ĺ to 3 inches.(you probably have one or a combination of all of them) Sod is usually bluegrass. Core cultivation is essential for all lawn areas,...

Lawns: nut grass, golf course turf, cyperus rotundus
golf course turf, cyperus rotundus, soil solarization: Randy, I don t know if your neighbor is right because I can t see this weed but I can tell you plenty about it. Nutgrass (aka Purple Nutsedge , or Cyperus rotundus to botanists) is famous in certain parts of the country for being one of the scariest weeds...

Lawns: nut grass, golf course turf, cyperus rotundus
golf course turf, cyperus rotundus, purple nutsedge: I see it is Nutgrass Season in the Northern Hemisphere, Frances. You are not alone. Nutgrass (aka Purple Nutsedge , or Cyperus rotundus to botanists) is infamous for being one of the scariest weeds on earth. The Tasmanian Gov t (www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter/nsf/WebPages/TPRY-52R7YB?open)...

Lawns: nut grass?, improving your soil, nut grass
improving your soil, nut grass, day lilies: Hi Mary; No day lilies are plants you want, and are beautiful. Nutgrass is a weed. Sugar doesn t kill weeds or anything else. The only purpose sugar serves is it is nourishment for the micro-organisms that work around the clock, enriching the soil. The...

Lawns: nut grass in zoysia, nut grass, poor soil
nut grass, poor soil, grass area: Hi Michael. Sugar doesn t KILL WEEDS. It nourishes beneficial microbes that enrich the soil. Rich soil is what gets rid of the weeds. Weeds like poor soil and will not thrive in rich soil. I apply sugar in the spring and fall, but you can apply it anytime....

Lawns: nut grass, soil fertilizers, dallas morning news
soil fertilizers, dallas morning news, grass snakes: Hi Sargent; Switch to organics. Weeds love poor soil, and they will not thrive in rich soil. Fertilizers feed the vegetation, but they do not enrich the soil. That is whay you have to reapply them so often, they wear out. They also damage the soil by...

Lawns: nut weed, nut grass, nutgrass
nut grass, nutgrass, chemical names: Nutgrass is a very difficult weed to control and will likely require several applications. I have attached a link to a good website. Note the herbicide names mentioned are their chemical names (you can find these on the back of the lable on the bottles/boxes)...

Lawns: nutgrass, corn gluten, weed population
corn gluten, weed population, poor soil: Hi susan; Sgar nourishes the beneficial microbes that enrich the soil. Weeds like poor soil, and will not thrive in poor soil. Depending on how good your soil already is, it can make a big difference in the weed population in just a few weeks. Once you...

Lawns: nutgrass, professional lawn care, cardboard piece
professional lawn care, cardboard piece, lawn grasses: Manage and Image are two herbicides that control nutgrass in lawns but they are usually not available to home owners. I would recommend that you contact a professional lawn care company to provide a couple of applications of either product over a season. Several...

Lawns: Oak Trees, neighbor hood, long hole
neighbor hood, long hole, oak trees: Hi Dave; Was the tree that blew over, green and leafing? I have not heard of a hollow one, that was not dead, being hollow inside. If it was by all appearances a healthy tree, write me some more information. I am searching some other sources for an answer...

Lawns: Oak tree runners/roots, woody weeds, monkey grass
woody weeds, monkey grass, surface roots: Hi Jim Melhar, Regarding Oak runners: The runners or sapling-shoots, are coming from surface roots the tree has sent-out in response to being covered in soil, and also probably because the area has been getting a little more water than it would otherwise...

Lawns: Onion Grass, onion grass, turf grass
onion grass, turf grass, growing grass: If the onion grass are clumps, I would actually dig them, but realise that any small bulb left in the ground will sprout new weeds. Also, any broken root will sprout also. Another option is to cover the lower growing grass with cardboard (use two pieces to...

Lawns: Online illustrated manuals, engine repair manuals, ebay store
engine repair manuals, ebay store, ed marshall: Ed, it looks like you re in luck. Send a note to cobra289@schoollink.net and tell him you were asking about this manual. He is checking to make sure he has the manual - it is up for auction on Ebay for a very reasonable price, but maybe he will sell it to...

Lawns: Organic Bug Control, fire ant control, fire ant season
fire ant control, fire ant season, pesky ants: Hi Debbie; I am not sure what is is that works with spiders, but I had a ton of them, and since I started the organics inside the house, I don t have the spiders. I searched for such a long time on the matural and organic control sites, and nothing was for...

Lawns: Organic Fertilizer for Centipede grass, corn gluten meal, organic lawn care
corn gluten meal, organic lawn care, lava sand: Hi John; Foloow an organic program, and that will take care of the weeds. I only used sugar on my lawn for the last 10 years, until last spring. While I was just using sugar, and leaving the grass clippings, and watering deeply, I had a nice thick green...

Lawns: Organic Fertilizer, raw manure, horse manure
raw manure, horse manure, chemical fertilizer: Manure carries valuable, slow-release levels of N-P-K PLUS micronutrients, soil structure enhancements -- improved tilth, water holding capacity -- and other components of great soil. How much, exactly, varies. And not just between species. Horses,...

Lawns: Organic fertalizers, organic potting soil, alfalfa meal
organic potting soil, alfalfa meal, fertalizers: Hi Rob; If you live in Texas, check to see if you have a Calloways nursery near you. They have a good line of organics. Most nurseries, and especially the larger ones carry more organic products now that so many people are going to organics. I read a Miracle...

Lawns: Organic Garden !, soil fertilizers, beneficial micro organisms
soil fertilizers, beneficial micro organisms, grub worms: Hello Saroj; Welcome new home owner!!! You are wise to choose to not use chemicals. We have damaged our earth and atmosphere enough with deadly chemicals. The sugar I use is the same suger I use in cooking. It does absolutely nothing but nourish the beneficial...

Lawns: Organic Gardening, weed killers, mail ed
weed killers, mail ed, howard garrett: Hi Edwin; The thing about the sugar is it keeps the beneficial microbes that enrich the soil, healthy. Actually any sugar product ( except sugar substitutes)will enrich the soil. What the article read was, Apply dry molasses, but if you couldn t get dry...

Lawns: Organic gardening and lawn care, horticultural corn meal, improving your soil
horticultural corn meal, improving your soil, alfalfa meal: Hi Ray; Here is the program I have been on for the last 10 years or so, and I have no weeds, insects etc that I don t weant, and a beautiful lan and garden. I also belong to Howard Garrett s website. The yearly subscription rate is about 25 dollars, and...

Lawns: Organic gardening, chemical insecticides, blade height
chemical insecticides, blade height, natural predators: Hi Catherine; Very simply. Weeds love poor soil and will not grow in rich soil. Make rich soil, weeds won t survive long enough, if they even come up, to do any damage or look unsightly. The healthy enviornment for beneficial nemetodes and insects, and the...

Lawns: Organic Lawn Care, organic lawn care, bark mulch
organic lawn care, bark mulch, lava sand: Hi Max; If you don t mind starting over, you would save yourself some frustration if you tilled in some cedar bark mulch with the present soil, to loosen it up so it will drain well enough, and so grass roots can grow through it. Clay is a pain to try to...

Lawns: Organic Lawn Care, corn gluten weed control, crabgrass seeds
corn gluten weed control, crabgrass seeds, corn gluten meal: There is nothing wrong with using organic fertilizers, but I would like to also mention that using chemical (synthetic, e.g. manmade) fertilizers are perfectly acceptable to the lawn, also. In fact grass plants take up only inorganic nutrients and organic...

Lawns: Organic Lawn Treatment, soil sampling, coop extension
soil sampling, coop extension, sandy soil: Talk to your Coop Extension about how to handle the soil sampling. The quality of sample you select is CRITICAL to the validity of the numbers they give you when they do their testing. I can t emphasize that enough. The old saying, garbage in garbage out,...

Lawns: Organic Lawn, soil fertilizers, shade loving plants
soil fertilizers, shade loving plants, harmful insects: Hi Chris. Yeppers, an organic program will fix everything. You don t need to rip everything out and start over. You can get on an organic program now, and in a couple of years, you will be amazed at the quality of your soil.Moss, as in a plant that is called...

Lawns: Organic lawn care, big red ants, organic lawn care
big red ants, organic lawn care, grass snakes: Hi Karen; Yeppers, I uses plain old table sugar. There IS a difference in sweetness in different brands of sugar. I only use Imperial brand for cooking and the table, but i buy the cheapest brand to throw on my lawn. Dem lil microbes don t seem to mind cheap...

Lawns: Organic lawn care, organic lawn care, weed killers
organic lawn care, weed killers, organic program: Hi Teresa; Here is my answer to Helen. It pretty well covers all of my organic program. I am just going to past it here, and after you read this, if you have any qhestions on it, or other questions, write be back, and that wil enable mt to get to the nitty...

Lawns: Organic lawn care, organic lawn care, fleas and ticks
organic lawn care, fleas and ticks, grass snakes: Hi Teresa; You only need to dethatch if you have a thatch buildup that prevents water from soaking into the soil. the sugar won t harm or help a fungus. Baking soda will kill it. all sugar does is feed nutrients to the beneficial microbes. Those microbes...

Lawns: Organic lawn care for St Augustine in Orlando, FL, slow release fertilizer, chinch bugs
slow release fertilizer, chinch bugs, organic lawn care: Organic lawn care is a good idea. When it comes to keeping bugs at bay, especially chinch bugs which can be a great problem on st. augustine grass in southern florida, cultural practices, including proper mowing, fertilization, and irrigation, can greatly...

Lawns: Organic lawn care, organic lawn care, pest management techniques
organic lawn care, pest management techniques, fertilizer nutrients: Organic lawncare typically means taking care of the lawn without the use of pesticides, herbicides (weed killers), or the use of synthetically produced fertilizers. Instead recycled lawn fertilizing products are used, and IPM (integrated pest management)...

Lawns: Organic lawn feed, dallas texas area, organic lawn
dallas texas area, organic lawn, spring and fall: Hi Ed; I live in Irving. You can apply sugar anytime. I do it in early spring and fall, and when wwe have a long time at 100+ in the summer, I apply it again. If you use any chemicals, it will cancel out any organics you use. You can do the organics at...

Lawns: Organic lawns, organic lawns, grass clippings
organic lawns, grass clippings, cottonseed meal: Hi Jimmy; I put sugar on mine, and crabgrass, Johnson grass, dollar weed, dandelions and all the other weeds don t bother to even come up anymore. Dry molasses, or dugar either one will keep alive beneficial microbes that enrich your lawn. When the soil...

Lawns: Organic Questions, compost mulch, peat moss
compost mulch, peat moss, organic compost: Hi Todd; I never heard of ringer or Espoma, so I don t know what they are supposed to do to your lawn, but, if you use any chemicals with the organics, you undo wht the organics are supposed to do. Ok, let s start with what kind of soil you have. Is it...

Lawns: Organic Soil, macro nutrients, cooperative extension agent
macro nutrients, cooperative extension agent, iron manganese: You can just keep the Lime in storage. Keep it handy until you get your soil test back. Lime is a VERY safe way to alter the pH of your soil IF YOU NEED IT. There are different kinds of Lime. Please tell me at your leisure what KIND of Lime this is....

Lawns: Organic St. Augustine lawn, organic lawn fertilizer, broadleaf weed control
organic lawn fertilizer, broadleaf weed control, organic lawn care: Vinegar can damage grass as well as weed due to the rapid lowering of pH value. Normally, organic lawn care involves giving the grass best possible growing conditions at expense of the weeds and thereby the grass will excel. There is no organic weed control...

Lawns: Organic Start up and Lawn Care, water water water, night crawlers
water water water, night crawlers, weed killers: Hi Debby; Water, water water, to wash out those chemicals as fast as possible. A month should do it enough to not undo the organics too much. Put down sugar at the rate of 4 or 5 pouds per 1000 sq,ft, and water it in well. Just water again for about a...

Lawns: Organic solutiion, fire ants, harmful insects
fire ants, harmful insects, orange oil: Hi Harrison; Nope, because you water it in so it disolves,in fact, when you get all that little lawn livestock built up, they will eat all the ants as well as the other harmful insects, even the fire ants. Meantime, if you get fire ants, chop some orange...

Lawns: Organic/sugar weed treatment, improving your soil, harmful insects
improving your soil, harmful insects, johnson grass: Hi Douglas; I broadcast it by hand, then water in. Here is my lawn care program. ------------------------------- You will constantly improve your soil if you go on a totally organic program, and don t use any chemicals at all. I have beenm on such a...

Lawns: Organic Weed Control, corn gluten meal, epsom salts
corn gluten meal, epsom salts, organic weed control: LOL, Too bad they don t make something to spray on sarcastic neighbors,huh? Yep, you got a bunch of lawn!!! You are going to need every grain of that sugar. LOl i started noticing fewer weeds were in my lawn about 2 weeks after I put sugar down the first...

Lawns: Organic weed control, organic weed control, soil need
organic weed control, soil need, season grass: So you want to wipe out the Weeds in your Lawn s cool season Grass? Good news! There are LOTS of things you can do to wipe out Weeds without turning your Lawn into a Superfund Site. Have a seat. Pour a cup of coffee. This is going to take a few minutes....

Lawns: Organic, corn gluten meal, epsom salts
corn gluten meal, epsom salts, calcium choride: Corn gluten meal can be used as fertilizer in fall, but do not apply 6 months within time you wish to overseed the lawn. Calcium choride is a salt and so is magnesium sulfate (epsom salt). Both works by drawing moisture from the plants roots preventing...

Lawns: Organics & sugar, alfalfa meal, lava sand
alfalfa meal, lava sand, tea three: Hi Nancy; Yep, just plain old white table sugar like you sweeten your tea with. It doesn t kill anything or such, what it does is nourish the beneficial microbes that work round the clock enriching yopur soil. I use 4 pounds per 1000 sq.ft. I just broadcast...

Lawns: Organics, knock out roses, compost producers
knock out roses, compost producers, shrub maintenance: Dear Ms. Harabedian: How admirable of you to make the commitment to organics! The shrubs you mention, the Bermuda turf will be no problem to convert. I will make one suggestion coming from thirty years experience in this field which you may not support,...

Lawns: Other grass in my yard, cool season grasses, grass cultivars
cool season grasses, grass cultivars, bermuda grass: Good afternoon Steve: It appears that you have some cool season grasses or weeds in the small patches you are referring to. Because you have a lawn service I would call them and ask if they could identify the invader. It would be very difficult for me to...

Lawns: OVERSEEDING MISTAKE, fescue grass seed, tall fescue grass
fescue grass seed, tall fescue grass, tall fescue grass seed: dave here s some ideas 1. buy a wick applicator(a long wand that you can put diluted roundup in) that has a sponge at one end and fill cap at the other. rub it across the turf being sure it only comes into contact with the tall fescue grass. make sure...

Lawns: Overseeding, ron hazelton, scotts company
ron hazelton, scotts company, home improvement tv show: Russ, I have a followup to your original question about a home improvement TV show and a new product that kills weeds and can be applied to newly overseeded lawns. I was watching late nite tv this weekend, a program called Ron Hazelton s Homestyle (or something...

Lawns: Overseeding, organic lawn care, would like more information
organic lawn care, would like more information, organic program: If you are going to till up your lawn, I would till in some amendments to loosen up that clay, then switch to an organic program. Going on an organic program will continually improve and loosen up the soil, so each year, your soil will get looose enough further...

Lawns: Overseeding, slit seeder, beneficial organisms
slit seeder, beneficial organisms, microscopic organisms: One of the fastest working ways to loosen the soil, and it should get into the aerated places, is granulated gypsum. Actually, if you got powdered gypsum, and applied that after you have used anything hat puts holes or slits in the soil, and watered it in,...

Lawns: Overseeding and crabgrass treatment, purdue university extension, turf tips
purdue university extension, turf tips, season grass: Serafin, This is such a complicated - but typical, and very solvable - problem I have wanted to really sit down and give you some serious information. But I am afraid it s getting later and it is important to address this fairly soon. We are at a time of...

Lawns: Overseeding Fescue with Bermuda, spring fertilization, turf diseases
spring fertilization, turf diseases, fuquay varina nc: David, Grass seed likes three or four things to germinate: moisture contact with the soil light nutrients In the areas with grass or detritous (clippings, etc.), the seed may or may not germinate. It is a good idea to aerate the lawn, creating small...

Lawns: Overseeding lawn now?, protein shakes, quality seeds
protein shakes, quality seeds, grass seed: OK. Overseeding it is. The existing grass is healthy and thick - half or more of the lawn is great, but some is bare or thin. No reason to sow from scratch if you have at least 50% great grass coverage already. Understood. The truth is, overseeding...

Lawns: Overseeding in Phoenix, AZ, rye grass seed, turf grass
rye grass seed, turf grass, soil seed: Mid September through 2nd week of October is preferred in Phoenix. Bermuda grass should be scalped nearly to bare soil with lawn mower and then rye grass seed to be spread on top of the soil and you must then water frequently to keep it moist and promote germination....

Lawns: Overseeding and soil preparation, slit seeding, slit seeder
slit seeding, slit seeder, grass seeds: You can aerate and slit seed. The advantage of slit seeding is that the seeds are placed in good soil/seed contact which is recommended. If you are just talking about a dethatcher (vertical mower) then that is fine, too. It will not deposit the seeds, but...

Lawns: Overseeding, slit seeder, starter fertilizer
slit seeder, starter fertilizer, tall fescue: 4-5 lbs per 1000 sq feet is fine. Yes you can use too much seed, but 3-5 lbs are ok. You could even double to 7-8 lbs and still be ok. More than that and you run into problems. Scott s fertilizer 29-27-5 is fine. I recommend 1 lbs nitrogen per 1000 sq feet,...

Lawns: Overspraying Feed N Weed, grass killers, st augustine grass
grass killers, st augustine grass, herbicide products: First check on the lable of the product that the weed-and-feed was safe to use on st. augustine grass (most of these herbicide products are not). It would state to avoid st. augustine grass. Secondly, the product usually comes with a coverage area, such...

Lawns: Oxalis eradication, herbicide, foliage
herbicide, foliage, scotts: that s because oxalis can shoot its seed about 30 . the best way to control it in a lawn is to wet the foliage and then apply a good post-emergent foliage contact herbicide(like scotts +2). wetting will make the herbicide stick better to the oxalis foliage...

Lawns: oak trees, mulch beds, oak trees
mulch beds, oak trees, weed killer: Hi Roy; I don t use roundup. That stuff it just too poisonous for me. I am totally into organics now. I would dig them up. when they come up, and are just about 6 inches or so tall, You can cut the roots below the soil with an asparagus cutter, or push...

Lawns: How often is too often to fertilize bermuda?, grass snakes, weed killers
grass snakes, weed killers, improving your soil: Hi Matt; That is the trouble with chemicals, you put a tad too much, and you can burn your ln beyond repair. Organic is the best way to go. I use sugar, and you could use some now. Fertilizers kill the beneficil microbes that enrich soil. Sugar or dry molasses...

Lawns: is it ok to cut new grass now?, new grass, tall grass
new grass, tall grass, germination rate: Hello again! Some secrets about Grass: Concentrated Fertilizer has WAY more Nitrogen than your Grass can use. But Scotts (which turns 100 years old this year and is now called Scotts Miracle-Gro and includes Ortho, Scotts Lawn Care and Smith & Hawkin)...

Lawns: old lawn, root removal, soil surface
root removal, soil surface, hardwood maple: Robert: If the groundcover is escaped ivy or such, you can mow it until it gives up. There may be some root removal to eventually get rid of it. If it is clover, then you are in good shape. You may sew the finest bluegrass in with the clover and use...

Lawns: Your opinion about table sugar, fertilizer nutrients, beneficial organisms
fertilizer nutrients, beneficial organisms, sugar beets: people who add sugar to their lawns completely misunderstand how plants feed and what exactly microbes are good for. The hype is no doubt due to a book by Jerry Baker who has taken sound principles of organic gardening but has ventured into a theory which...

Lawns: orange/rust color sod, automatic sprinkler systems, orange rust
automatic sprinkler systems, orange rust, rust disease: I d say you have a bit of an emergency here, Christine. Get your Illinois Cooperative Extension (http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/state/index.html) on the phone and run over TODAY with a sample of that grass for their expert diagnosis. I am sending you...

Lawns: organic crabgrass killers, crabgrass killers, corn meal
crabgrass killers, corn meal, ms sullivan: Ms. Sullivan: I know of no organic product to treat crabgrass. I have read of corn meal gluten products, but have no expertise with them. Try the Long Island Gardener who may have experience. Other than mechanical removal, having a healthy lawn and...

Lawns: organic gardening, horticultural corn meal, grass snakes
horticultural corn meal, grass snakes, systemic insecticides: Hi Leigh; Nope, no ants, because you water it in well, which disolves it. Besides, when you have a healthy organic enviornment for them to live in safely, toads, lizards and grass snakes do very well, and reproduce fast, and they feed on all the harmful...

Lawns: organic gardening, improving your soil, harmful insects
improving your soil, harmful insects, johnson grass: Chop up the peels of some lemons and oranges, and toss them on the ant hills. My lizards etc that are here because there are no poisons on my lawn to hurt them, eat all the ants, but you need to get rid of those until some lil critters take up residence in...

Lawns: organic gardening, centipede grass, mole crickets
centipede grass, mole crickets, sod grass: Hi Claire; You can put it down anytime, but the micro-organisms aren t going to start groing until all the chemical that killerd them is out of the soil, so it won t kill the new ones. If you have had a lot of rain since you put down the chemicals, they...

Lawns: organic grub control, milky spore disease, slow release fertilizer
milky spore disease, slow release fertilizer, organic grub control: Jeffrey: Two products can assist in your control of grubs. Grub-X is a good one. Apply granules over whole lawn. This will innoculate the soil with the milky spore disease and should stay with you for a while. Garden centers or farm supplies should...

Lawns: organic Lawn newbie, organic lawn care, skull and bones
organic lawn care, skull and bones, strange illness: Congratulations, Don! This is wonderful! I am just wondering what triggered this epiphany - a strange illness in the family? something you read? An Inconvenient Truth ? A friend s advice? First things first. What grass do you have on your lawn...

Lawns: organic lawn care products, organic lawn care, nitrate nitrogen
organic lawn care, nitrate nitrogen, plant health care: The important part for the lawn is the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the fertilizer. These are the primary macro nutrients we seek to re-supply through fertilization. To some extend, the amount of secondary macro nutrients (sulphur, calcium,...

Lawns: organic lawn care, organic lawn care, dill pickles
organic lawn care, dill pickles, red ants: Hi Karen; I wouldn t use domino s. It is more expewnsive.LOL I use only Imperial sugars for my table and cooking ( Texas company, bout on the same par as domino), but I buy whatever is on sale for the microbes. You water it in, so it doesn t attrach ants....

Lawns: organic lawns, organic lawns, improving your soil
organic lawns, improving your soil, forney texas: Oh James, I have GOOD news for your wife. Get some Rosemary plants from a nursery, and put it in pots, or in the ground. It is evergreen in our part of the country. It is the same rosemary you use for cooking. I put a piece of fresh rosemary about 1 inch...

Lawns: organic lawns, organic lawns, organic plan
organic lawns, organic plan, corn meal: Hi Rebecca; If you know you get or have, brown patch, I would treat the whole yard. You might prefer to use agricultural corn meal. It would be easier to put that down that to mix up the spray enough times to cover the whole yard. about 15 pounds agricultural...

Lawns: organic plants, insect food, bark mulch
insect food, bark mulch, perinial: Hi Lee Ann; You can grow anything organically that you can with chemicals, only better and easier. I have grass, of course. I have roses, crepe myrtles, ferns, lilies, dusty miller, irises,rose of sharon trees, magnolias,azaleas,other perinial and annual...

Lawns: Going organic; Weed control, cornell cooperative extension, organic weed control
cornell cooperative extension, organic weed control, black eyed susan: Brown Grass... not a good sign. When did this begin? How much is Brown? How Brown are we talking -- slightly Yellow and then light Tan and finally Brown? Is it Brown in a round Circle or Oval, or is that Brown front to back of the yard? Has nothing...

Lawns: organic weed removal?, lawn weed killers, grass snakes
lawn weed killers, grass snakes, neighborhood cats: Hi Rebecca; The easiest way is to follow an organic program to enrich the soil. weeds love poor soil and will not thrive in rich soil. For that many acres, if you don t want to grow a grassy lawn all over it, just getting some micro-organisms started, and...

Lawns: organics/sugar, stinging insects, root system
stinging insects, root system, sugar water: Hi Fred; As soon as you put down the sugar, water it in well, to a depth of at least 6 inches. The deep watering will encourage a deep root system, and it will liquify the sugar enough that it won t attract anything. If you have a lot of stinging insects...

Lawns: overdose of grubex, tent catapillars, grub worms
tent catapillars, grub worms, grass snakes: Hi mike; I don t know what grubex is. sounds like it is to kill grub worms. Switch to organics and make a healthy enviornment for toads, lizards, grass snakes and beneficial insects, and the little critters will eat all the grubs etc and you won t have to...

Lawns: overfertilize, vegetable peelings, fertilizer application
vegetable peelings, fertilizer application, yellow patches: Bob, you and the rest of the USA seems to be going crazy with the lawn fertilizer this month. I think Ortho must have some subliminal thing going on at the movies or at traffic lights, somewhere that everyone is turning their lawns onto too much fertilizer...

Lawns: overseeded rye is dying, lawn maintenance company, grass seeds
lawn maintenance company, grass seeds, rye seed: Hi Jouce; Don t know about the grass seeds, but all those chemicals would sure kill me.LOL ANY pre-emergent put down before seeds germinate and start to grow will keep it from coming up. strong chemicals will definatly damage a lwan, especially new growth....

Lawns: overseeding over burmuda, pre emergent herbicide, one of the pioneers
pre emergent herbicide, one of the pioneers, quality compost: Dear PV: Livingearth looks like a good brand. Competition in Texas will assure quality. That market has been building for decades and manufacturers will have to bear up or get out. I would wait until next month or later, when the weather cools down,...

Lawns: overseeding a lawn, chain link fencing, turf seeds
chain link fencing, turf seeds, slit seeders: Good evening Mike: The optimum time to seed cool-season turfgrasses is between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1 in your area. Mow the area to 1.5 inches to reduce competition from established grasses. Apply a starter fertilizer (high in phosphorus) over the entire...

Lawns: overseeding mistake, fescue grass seed, tall fescue grass
fescue grass seed, tall fescue grass, tall fescue grass seed: Dave, I wish I could give you the answer you want to hear but I cannot. There are no products on the market that can eliminate one type of Fescue without taking out the others. I would encourage you to consider using a fertilizer with Fe to help...

Lawns: overseeding mistake, fescue grass seed, tall fescue grass
fescue grass seed, tall fescue grass, tall fescue grass seed: K31 is lighter in color than some other grass types and there is nothing you can add to make it darker green. It is cultivar determined. Also, both grass types have same growing conditions and there are no selective chemicals which will kill K31 and leave...

Lawns: overseeding mold problem, fungus attack, mold problem
fungus attack, mold problem, top soil: STOP! Let the Soil dry out. You are most definitely growing Fungus -- if not before, you will be. This is a definite recipe for the wrong kind of growth in your new Lawn. You don t want the Grass Seed to dry out, of course, but that much watering at...

Lawns: overseeding for spring, agronomy dept, kentucky 31 tall fescue
agronomy dept, kentucky 31 tall fescue, season grass: So, You re living in the Bluegrass State and you want to grow Tall Fescue? Birthplace of Kentucky Bluegrass? First off, I can t thank you enough for those beautiful, silky green Bluegrass blades. I m told it grows everywhere - everywhere, that is, where...

Lawns: how to make own organic receipe, brent walston, flowers and shrubs
brent walston, flowers and shrubs, organic fertilizer: Yes, those human multivitamins - Well, I thought that was explained very sensibly in the link I included, Fertilizing Your Bonsai . But this is such a common misperception with so many people it is certainly worth addressing here further. Two years...

Lawns: oxalis, warm season grass, moderate temperatures
warm season grass, moderate temperatures, wilts: Bob, forgot to mention: At temperatures above 75 degrees F several of the oxalis species may experience heat dormancy. E.g. dieback which return only when moderate temperatures return. Kenneth ----- No Oxalis and grass are different plants entirely....

Lawns: Pain in the grass, wheat stalks, plain sand
wheat stalks, plain sand, new grass: Jason, There are several university sites set up to help ID weeds. Yes, I would need to see the weed before I could ID it. If you would like to send me some pictures that would help. If not you may be able to search NMSU s website for their turf management...

Lawns: moth, moth stage, palms and cycads
moth stage, palms and cycads, leaf hoppers: Sigrid: The moths infesting your yard can be one of several species. I do not know which one you have. Sod webworks, grubs, army worms all have an adult moth stage. Leaf hoppers may be confused with moths. They all can damage lawn and plants. I...

Lawns: Palm sprouts in lawn, palm seedlings, stiff cardboard
palm seedlings, stiff cardboard, weed and feed: Hi Teri, If weed-and-feed products do not work, then try Round-Up. Round-Up will kill all plants that it get into contact with (including grass). The key to applying this is to work with a partner. One hold two pieces of stiff cardboard below the leaves of...

Lawns: Paper compost bags killing grass where they sit, compost bags, grass clippings
compost bags, grass clippings, plastic barrels: I believe that your analysis is correct. There should be nothing in the paper which effects turf except that it blocks sunlight. Grass, however, is a very hot material at this time of year. It rapidly reaches high temperatures when enough mass is reached....

Lawns: Patches Of Lighter Colored Grass, colored grass, eradication plan
colored grass, eradication plan, weed eradication: Where are you located ? Crabgrass is a warm season annual which sprouts when soil temperatures exceeds 50-55F for 10 consequtive days. This would be early spring in the north east for example, and the grass plants would only becomes visible mid summer....

Lawns: Peatmoss, sphagnum peat moss, organic lawn care
sphagnum peat moss, organic lawn care, canadian sphagnum: Peatmoss is really the kind of thing you want to add when you have a problem. As a soil amendment, it enhances the ability of the soil to retain nutrients. If your soil is alkaline, Peatmoss will correct it, gently. Sandy soil? peatmoss will retain moisture....

Lawns: Pebble lawn, little critters, kind of crustacean
little critters, kind of crustacean, diesel fuel: Richard,you seem to be too angry a person. Can you please ask a question without using off color language? The terms you use are very offensive. The vinegar would work, you just have to load it into a sprayer, and spray the whole yard. Salt will work too....

Lawns: Pebble lawns in Florida, lawn weeds, white vinegar
lawn weeds, white vinegar, lawn fertilizers: Oh Richard, have I got a deal for you.LOL Don t need those little varmits. Since you don t have grass there, there is a very easy way to kill the weeds. When the sun is out, and it is nice and hot, pour or spray white vinegar on the weeds. Wet them good,...

Lawns: Pennington Grass in Atlanta, pennington grass seeds, plant tissue samples
pennington grass seeds, plant tissue samples, soil test: Oscar: Thank you for the detailed description of the problem and history. In most questions, I am not told where, when, and how. It may be that there is a fungus or some problem with the soil. From your description of the repeated failure, I suspect...

Lawns: Perennial Rye Grass Lawn, perennial rye grass, nova scotia canada
perennial rye grass, nova scotia canada, forage grass: Hi Darrel Cross, ....Could this be FORAGE GRASS?... The term Forage Grass is general and descriptive of any number of grassy landscape s botanical populations which can provide feed for grazing animals like deer and cattle, etc. If a commercial...

Lawns: Perennial rye grass seed, perennial rye grass, rye grass seed
perennial rye grass, rye grass seed, perennial rye grass seed: Tim: Perennial rye should die out when spring temperatures rise above 85 - 90 degrees or so. But it may survive and return. Just keep mowing and do not let it seed. If your St. Augustine actually goes dormant, you may apply Roundup or like to it during...

Lawns: Perineal Rye grasses, national turfgrass evaluation program, tall fescue
national turfgrass evaluation program, tall fescue, lawn pests: Perennial Ryegrass ( Lolium perenne to the Scientists), also known as English Ryegrass because it was imported from Europe, is a fast-growing, beautiful, thick green that many people in the Southeast appreciate most for its winter color -- hence its name...

Lawns: Pest Control, lawn grasses, pound dogs
lawn grasses, pound dogs, thyroid cancer: Sorry, my friend -- I sometimes type way too fast and don t make sense. Lawn grasses are not the best of places to be an Ant, Spider or Beetle. Be vigilant about things like Predatory Nematodes. This is the Organic version of Insecticides; they re a...

Lawns: Pest control, beneficial insect, eraser tip
beneficial insect, eraser tip, pencil eraser: Well, you ll be surprised to hear this, but that is very good news. And bad news. The good news being that if you are right, and these are aphids - there are a lot of these, but they share the same basic characteristics - you can EASILY control them w/...

Lawns: Pests, fleas and ticks, health food store
fleas and ticks, health food store, cupboard shelf: Hi Mindi; Roaches hate rosemary. about every month or two I put a piece of fresh rosemary on each pantry and cupboard shelf, and under each appliance I put a piece about 3 inches long. Put some in the corners of closets, anywhere roaches can come in and/or...

Lawns: Pet damaged lawn, peat moss, soaker hoses
peat moss, soaker hoses, dry hope: Hi Tim; Don t know what happened to my answer to you. I answered this yesterday, and it showed that it posted. Oh well. I have 4 dogs and 1 cat, and I don t have brown damage to my lawn. I have always had several dogs, and usually they are all sizes, some...

Lawns: Pets killing lawn, nitrogen source, soil ecology
nitrogen source, soil ecology, top soil: Hi Tom G, About URINE SPOTS in LAWNS from DOGS: Dog Urine lawn spotting is the most common problem I get questions about with this service. There is no commercial chemical remedy at present;....perhaps a smaller dog with a larger lawn is the best...

Lawns: Pets killing lawn, aggie horticulture, grass seeds
aggie horticulture, grass seeds, starter fertilizer: This is a very common problem but unfortuantely there is not much you can do except reseed. The urine concentration kills the lawn due to high salts. once the brown spots show up it is too late. your only option is to flush the root zone with plenty of...

Lawns: Phoenix Lawn, warm season grasses, cool season grasses
warm season grasses, cool season grasses, tall fescue: The problem with growing Grass in Phoenix, my friend, is that it s so darn HOT. Rye does well -- in Winter, as you know. Your distaste for Bermudagrass is a problem, because Bermudagrass is THE most popular Grass in Arizona. In fact, statistics show that...