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Old April 24th, 2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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i have been slowly but surely redoing my old pos house and i decided that it is time to do the lawn this spring. i have ripped out a shit load of 70 year old cedar shrubs and a few pine trees. now i have the worst lawn known to man, i do about a hundred bucks worth of damage to my mower every time i try to mow the lawn. i decided to just add dirt to the back yard and i will fill in the patches with grass seed for now to keep the project simple. the front and side yard on the other hand i sprayed with a mixture of round-up, broadleaf killer and a pinch of diesel fuel. as soon as it is good and dead i am going to get it all flattened out and seed it. i am just wondering what will be my best bet for type of seed and how to plant. should i cover with straw? hydro mulch? ect? i am looking for a nice full lawn but i dont need a golf course by any means. what should i use for filling in the bare spots in the back yard? my soil is pretty good but do i need to fertilize or lime?
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Old April 24th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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If your going this far, make sure you grub x the thing or check on mole prevention...they are horrible around me this year
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Rock garden. Seriously.
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i am planning on lots of rocks in one area. my house is 60' off a busy road so i want a nice secluded place to drink beer and grill steaks naked.
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Fast forward 50 years, the next person will be thinking..."Why in the hell did the last guy put this shit here" while he is digging it all out.
I feel for you, my house was landscaped with small white rocks instead of mulch surrounding over grown and dying spruce trees. 50 years of dirt and dust made the rocks brown. I've been digging them out by hand 1section at a time for the last 3 summers.
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First thing you need to do is neutralize the acid in the soil from the evergreens. I believe you can pick up a simple Ph test kit from HD or Lowes to see exactly what you are dealing with.

From there, pick a seed based on sun or shade. If you want green fast, pick something with a high content of annual rye. This will not grow back next year, however. Perennial Rye should be next on the content list if you want something low maintenance and hardy. Broadcast that with some 12-12-12 fert, cover with straw and keep moist till it germinates. You can also top dress with some compost and till in prior to seed planting.
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go rent this

put this on the front of it.


which will save alot of this


then go rent this



and sit back and drink a beer while your grass grows
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i am planning on lots of rocks in one area. my house is 60' off a busy road so i want a nice secluded place to drink beer and grill steaks naked.
Pay for my gas and I will bring you a truckload. I am going to be working on a rock garden this summer. I have a 2 foot tall rose quartz splinter I want to make a sundial out of.
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and sit back and drink a beer while your grass grows
The master shrubber has spoken. Now you must chop down a tree with a Herring. NI!
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Hey, I know Monty Python quotes, even one as hopelessly mangled as yours.
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Pay for my gas and I will bring you a truckload. I am going to be working on a rock garden this summer. I have a 2 foot tall rose quartz splinter I want to make a sundial out of.
I'll take as many rocks as u can get!
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id say rent a skidsteer with a preperator on it and grade the shit out of it and spray like hoser was saying. id be you can get someone to come in and spray it and shoot hay fairly cheap
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id say rent a skidsteer with a preperator on it and grade the shit out of it and spray like hoser was saying. id be you can get someone to come in and spray it and shoot hay fairly cheap
I have a tractor and all the equipment for getting it all graded out and prepped. It is the seeding and fertilizing I am questioning. I will look into getting it sprayed.

Pour, good Info, thanks!
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when you use hydro seed generally it has starter fert. in it. after that just get a on fert. program with a broad spectrum weed control and nitrogen and it will green up just fine.

grass likes
- not to be cut to short( dont cut more then a 1/3 of the blade at a time, this means cut more frequently and a bit tall then most people do)
- fertilizer
- water
- sun
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What does it cost to rent a hydro seeder? Just curious as I didn't even know you could rent them.
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