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Old 09-13-2017, 08:47 AM   #21
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I'm convinced these services get your grass hooked on "lawn heroin" and eventually you need them forever as the grass is no longer able to sustain itself ---- unless you're willing to start over.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:47 AM   #22
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And FWIW, in our area it is sometimes cheaper to re-sod than it is to pay for water to keep the grass from dying. We can thank the nearby sod farms for that economy lesson.
My water bill is 2000 a year, I attribute 8-900 on watering the lawn. Sod for my entire spread was I think 1800(?), Sod for the patch jobs would be infinitely cheaper. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:49 AM   #23
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Avoid chem-lawn & weed and feed. Go with organic fertilizers , it will be next to impossible to harm the grass. Selective herbicides used sparingly will take care of any weeds.
FYI, I'm an agronomy major from a major land grant university and make a good portion of my income from my farm.
I highly value you and LOL! knowledge on this subject, Im going back to doing it myself. I will follow your advice.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:19 AM   #24
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When I was 18 and left home for university I vowed that I had cut my last blade of grass. Still going strong on this promise 44 years later.

But, if I had had the OP's experience I would contact the company and say, "how will you fix this for me? My friends all want me to go public on social media but I want to give you a fair chance first."

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At 930 this morning, the assistant general manager called me. I threw in the over spraying of the weed killer, and how I had a nice lawn before they got involved. He said look, you paid for the full year in advance, we will come and aerate and over seed. We will not charge you, we will refund your account for this service that you prepaid. It was/is the most expensive item on the 7 or 8 visit list ($159). He said you wont see much growth this year, but next spring you will. Based on how well they performed for me so far Im not expecting much. So they ruin my lawn, and I get a $159 dollar rebate, so now that I think about it I paid them $350, to ruin my lawn.

Yup Im a loser.

Next summer If I stop posting you know what happened, I died on the front lawn.
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That's the offer? No way. Come back with a new lawn, period.
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... He said you wont see much growth this year, but next spring you will. ...
Fall is usually the recommended time to seed in climates like ours. Grass gets a start, goes dormant in winter, and gets a great start in the early spring and is ready for summer heat.

The grass will still be those thin/delicate blades by winter, probably won't look full and lush, but it should be thick enough for winter. I think they also recc to let it grow long before cutting it the first few times, I don't think the delicate blades can take cutting, they get pulled out by the roots?

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If you're not happy with the outcome tell the DEC and local equivalent that they need watching.
Heck, since they may be poisoning you and your neighbors you should call even after they make you whole. I stopped using weed n feed on the backyard as I don't want my dog lying on chemicals. Use it rarely on the front yard.
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This is optimal grass growing weather.
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Maybe it's time for astroturf astroglide.
Fixed it for you

In all seriousness I'm reading this with interest because my grass is also dead due to hot summer here and water restrictions. I'm wondering what's the best way to bring it back to life.
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Fixed it for you

In all seriousness I'm reading this with interest because my grass is also dead due to hot summer here and water restrictions. I'm wondering what's the best way to bring it back to life.
My next door neighbor (a widow) got tired of screwing with grass, high water bills and treatment companies. Her front lawn is taken care of by the HOA but the back is not and that's where the problems were (shade trees, moles, weeds, infestations). I casually recommended a synthetic lawn (kidding) and she took me up on it. It's beautiful (but not big, maybe 500 sq. ft.) and is easy to maintain.

BCG: Go for the synthetic lawn!
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BCG: Go for the synthetic lawn!
We tried!
I told the builder that I wanted Beautiful interlocking pavers, in the front and back. He then informed me the architect said that in my zoning Im mandated to have a certain amount of greenery. I guess so all the local dogs have a nice spot to hang out on. I think the restriction was really just for the front lawn. Anyhow we moved in late October 2010 and had the lawn installed may 2011.
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If you're not happy with the outcome tell the DEC and local equivalent that they need watching.
Heck, since they may be poisoning you and your neighbors you should call even after they make you whole. I stopped using weed n feed on the backyard as I don't want my dog lying on chemicals. Use it rarely on the front yard.
Im not entirely happy with the deal. I am willing to give it a try. If this turns into a complete flop I will call the company next year & cry to them. If they blow me off I will probably call DEP.
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Fixed it for you

In all seriousness I'm reading this with interest because my grass is also dead due to hot summer here and water restrictions. I'm wondering what's the best way to bring it back to life.
The color is important. Yellowish dried grass is merely dormant and will revive during the next rainy season. Grayish dried grass is usually dead.
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IMO it's time to move past the "assistant general manager". Call back and ask for the big dog...You should be out zero dollars, they need to do more then overseed and hope for the best. Also, you'll need to water the seed if it comes to that and they to make you whole for the extra water cost...

Just keep asking for the boss if the person you are talking too doesn't give you what you want.
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Just one of the many reasons I try to do things myself, if at all possible. I usually end up paying less, saving time, and getting better results!
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Sounds like some real experts on here.
How do I get rid of Creeping Charlie? Neighbor and garden supply guy said use Weed BGone chickweed killer. Might have slowed it down a little but didn't kill it. To many applications and the grass starts looking sick. Pulling it out seems to make it come back in two fold.
I surrendered to it this year, but want to get it all out next year.
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What a great thread!
Makes me deliriously happy about my move to a condo two years ago. Our lawn contractor does a wonderful job and all I have to do is watch.
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What a great thread!
Makes me deliriously happy about my move to a condo two years ago. Our lawn contractor does a wonderful job and all I have to do is watch.
LOL, dont rub it in! Today was a day of disappointments,
Found out they have a trailer park in Key west, Before I could google it, some one burst my bubble that the plot is probably 350K , hahaha.
I thought my YTD progress was great at over 10 %, just looked some guy is over 20 %.
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Get your money back, continue your previous do it yourself schedule but direct some teenager to do it for some cash.
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