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Old 05-17-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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What do you guys use and when do you use it to make your lawn look nice?

My lawn looks like sh!t even though I put down winter fertilizer and there's been a ton of rain...
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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I use winter fertilizer and a spring weed/feed and never have any dandelions. The heat / drought last year killed some patches, but I've replanted grass there, though it wasn't the same type.
I currently have Fescue (pretty sure, might be Kentucky blue grass), but my old lawn was Zosia. The Zosia only looked good in the very hot weather, was brown the rest of the time and was prone to weeds, plus it needed to be thatched often to thrive. I'm glad I sold that house and don't have to deal with it anymore.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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What fertilizer brands do you use or does it not matter?
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:09 AM   #4
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I've been using Scotts and my lawn is obnoxiously green. Some of that has to do with a wet spring we're having, but it is bright green and I love maintaining it because it looks so good. That said, I'm not die hard on Scotts, it just happens to be sold at Costco where I do most of my shopping.

Last summer during the drought it was light green and brown. The only lawns in my subdivision that looked good were the ones with sprinkler systems
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:33 AM   #5
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Scots Weed and Feed.. right before a good rain storm
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:13 PM   #6
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So I did some more research online and it led me to the Lesco brand. Apparently this is what the pros use and Home Depot sells a variant of it so I picked up a 50lb bag of the weed and feed version. I couldn't take before pics due to the weather but I'll report back after a few weeks on the results and take some after pics.

I do need to dethatch my yard soon though...


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I've been using Scotts and my lawn is obnoxiously green. Some of that has to do with a wet spring we're having, but it is bright green and I love maintaining it because it looks so good. That said, I'm not die hard on Scotts, it just happens to be sold at Costco where I do most of my shopping.

Last summer during the drought it was light green and brown. The only lawns in my subdivision that looked good were the ones with sprinkler systems
Yeah I can agree with that. the Scott's does a pretty damn good job. I had a patchy brown yard after the winter threw down the Scott's I had in the garage and as you said my yard is obnoxiously green lol.


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Scott's has a lawn care program for every region in the country. Go online and type in your address and they will send you an email when it is time to apply a new application. If you follow the program you will get good results. The biggest mistakes people make with lawn care is over fertilizing and lack of water. Sufficient water makes a lawn deep green and it will change color over night. Mine looks good. Not the best in the neighborhood, but good.
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I think must haves for a nice lawn are:

1. Spinkler system (not a must for smaller yards, but it makes it much easier and they never forget or are too lazy to water)
2. Constant attention to weeds- I manually remove as much as I can and spray the entire lawn three times a year
3. Constantly patching dead spots from pets or whatever
4. De-thatch 1 to 2 times a year.
5. Sharp mower blades, level deck and constant mowing (careful not to wait too long because it can harm the grass if you are cutting off a large percentage of the plant at once)
6. Fertilize often, even before winter if possible (but be careful not to burn the lawn-ask me how I know)

I recently switched to a liquid fertilizer because it ends up being about 1/3 of the cost I was paying for the other stuff. I get mine from fleet farm 2.5 gallons will do 50k sqft of lawn.
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I think must haves for a nice lawn are:

1. Spinkler system (not a must for smaller yards, but it makes it much easier and they never forget or are too lazy to water)
2. Constant attention to weeds- I manually remove as much as I can and spray the entire lawn three times a year
3. Constantly patching dead spots from pets or whatever
4. De-thatch 1 to 2 times a year.
5. Sharp mower blades, level deck and constant mowing (careful not to wait too long because it can harm the grass if you are cutting off a large percentage of the plant at once)
6. Fertilize often, even before winter if possible (but be careful not to burn the lawn-ask me how I know)

I recently switched to a liquid fertilizer because it ends up being about 1/3 of the cost I was paying for the other stuff. I get mine from fleet farm 2.5 gallons will do 50k sqft of lawn.
Lawn looks great! How do you apply the liquid?
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Stop with the fertilizer for now.... Go to Lowes and get a few bags of Ironite.... It will turn your lawn a deep, dark green.... Put some lime down too!
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I use a 30 gallon pull behind sprayer that I purchased from Fleet Farm.


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I think must haves for a nice lawn are:

1. Spinkler system (not a must for smaller yards, but it makes it much easier and they never forget or are too lazy to water)
2. Constant attention to weeds- I manually remove as much as I can and spray the entire lawn three times a year
3. Constantly patching dead spots from pets or whatever
4. De-thatch 1 to 2 times a year.
5. Sharp mower blades, level deck and constant mowing (careful not to wait too long because it can harm the grass if you are cutting off a large percentage of the plant at once)
6. Fertilize often, even before winter if possible (but be careful not to burn the lawn-ask me how I know)

I recently switched to a liquid fertilizer because it ends up being about 1/3 of the cost I was paying for the other stuff. I get mine from fleet farm 2.5 gallons will do 50k sqft of lawn.
I'm down for the spray kind, what's the brand and cost of what you use? Also, what is your fertilizer schedule since we are in the same area?

I really need to get a tow behind dethatcher...
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I am not sure of the brand, but it is the only liquid weed and feed that Fleet Farm sells- It is about $50 per 2.5 gallon jug which covers about 50k sqft.

My sprayer was about $250, but it will pay for itself in one year as I was spending almost $180 everytime I used the stuff in the bag.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:49 PM   #15
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Well the $50 part isn't so bad but that sprayer is quite expensive. It would take a lot longer than a year to make up that cost for me since your yard is quite a bit larger than mine... You must live a ways out of the twin cities, very nice house and yard.
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Has anyone ever tried using those holistic home made fertilizers ? I think you use an ortho sprayer and fill it with beer, ammonia and dish washing liquid...........and I think there are a few other recipes.

I have never tried it, just wondering.
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Has anyone ever tried using those holistic home made fertilizers ? I think you use an ortho sprayer and fill it with beer, ammonia and dish washing liquid...........and I think there are a few other recipes.

I have never tried it, just wondering.
Seems like a major waste of beer!
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You can tell if you need thatching by cutting a plug about 1-2" and looking to see if you have thatch between the soil and new grass line. 3/4' and thicker means you need to thatch. Most new grass seed does not promote as much thatch. Airate the lawn. Sometimes called "Plugging" That will help also. Then over seed with a blend of grass. Most grass blends are now Rye grass. Make sure the seed is for your area. Lastly fertilize.

Use a sharp blade on your mower so the grass blades do not cut ragged as that will make your lawn look white with the frayed edges of the blades.
Fetilize, Water, Mow...
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