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Myself with results equal to a professional service 12 31.58%
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:55 AM   #21
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Every year, in the springtime when dandelions begin to emerge, I apply Scott's Turf Builder Plus 2.

That's the only special care my lawn gets, and it has totally controlled the dandelions, which I find very annoying. After doing this for about five years, I've rarely had to deal with dandelions since.

Other than that, I mow whenever it looks like it needs it, generally on a 3.5" height setting, with the final autumn mowing down around 2.5 inches.
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...but my lawn is in pretty bad shape (mostly, I think, because my trees block almost all the sunlight).

There is a technique called slice seeding that can be used to renovate a lawn (by slicing the ground with slits and heavy over seeding). A shade (and disease) tolerant grass may be what you need.

You can get service companies to slice seed for you. They seem to charge by the sq (foot or yard). But it can pretty expensive. If you get a service... get quotes!! There can be big price variations from company to company. You might find that a small local independent operator that focuses on yards will be lower cost than a large multi-service company.

Of course, you need to water regularly to get the seed to germinate and started, fertilize, etc... (follow a plan).

Slice seeders can be rented from tool rental companies. If you decided to DIY, just be aware that those slice seeders are almost like running a roto-tiller. It is different... it does not tear the ground up like a roto-tiller... but the operator needs to be able to control the machine (strength wise).... there is a lot of vibration. Steep Hills can present a problem. There are self-propelled versions of those machines.
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I did a lot more fertilizing in college............
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I worked at a chemical plant for 32 years and we manufactured anhydrous ammonia, urea, ammonium nitrate plus a number of other nasty chemicals and custom fertilizer solutions. I used to work with OM Scott quite often concerning fertilizers. After a number of years I got tired of fertilizing and mowing my perfect lawn. Now I just do a weed n feed on the major holidays, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. My lawn is still the envy of the neighborhood and you can walk around in your bare feet and it feels better than carpet. The secret is keeping the weeds out, either through weed killer or pulling by hand, and I prefer the hand method once you get them (weeds) under control.
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The secret is keeping the weeds out, either through weed killer or pulling by hand, and I prefer the hand method once you get them (weeds) under control.
Yes, and we know how you deal with gophers...
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Weed and feed 2x a year, spring and fall (3x if DW complains too much). Just bought some fertilizer and grass seed for overseeding some sketchy areas. We never water but may apply grass seed strategically before big rain is expected.

works ok, but there are patches of weeds. When we get wildflower infestations, we let them grow because they look really nice in our backyard.
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I'll look into that. My soil is mostly sand, though, and gets torn up easily.
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