Green Thumb Friends. Grass question... (Lawn not "weed")

by Confucious 15 Replies latest jw friends

  • Princess

    We just had an irrigation system installed, it left a lot of bare dirt scars in the lawn. The company that did the work brought in topsoil for the scarred areas, and re-seeded for us. The next day the crows were having a feast so I bought a couple of bales of peat moss. We covered the seeded areas with about 1/2" inch of peat moss and got the sprinklers working. You can hardly see the scars and it's only been a month.

  • blondie

    We moved into a new house 3 years ago. Our lawn was the builders idea of grass (no sod). I pulled weeds that first year as Irreverent made sure it was watered. The next year we had some patches still and got that material with seed in it (runners) and staked that down and watered it. The next year we put did a commercial 4 step weed and feed program by Scott's. Our lawn looks pretty good. Besides watering when it is hot and dry, never, never cut your lawn too short. It is better to cut twice in one week than to "scalp" it.

    For those bare spots I found this advice.

    How to Reseed Bare Patches in a Lawn

    Whether they're caused by pests, weeds, dog urine or a bad golf swing, those little bare spots in your lawn are easy to repair. The trick is to keep on top of them. Steps: 1. Rake and remove the dead grass and debris from the bare patch. 2. Use a spading fork or cultivating tool to loosen the soil in the bare area. 3. Incorporate 2 to 3 inches of compost into the prepared area. 4. Smooth the area with the back of a rake until the new soil is level with the surrounding area. 5. Seed thickly and evenly (taking care not to overcrowd the seeds or jumble them on top of each other). Incorporate the seeds into the soil gently, using the back side of the rake. 6. Cover the seeded area with a thin layer of fine compost or other organic matter to act as a protective mulch. 7. Water gently with a fan nozzle so you don't wash the seeds away. 8. Protect the area from birds if they are a problem. Insert 1-foot-long wooden stakes into the ground surrounding the perimeter of the patch, keeping the stakes 10 to 12 inches apart. Tie red Mylar flash tape to the stakes. This will frighten birds away from the seeded area. 9. Keep the repaired area moist until the seed germinates. Once the new grass is established, resume regular watering. Tips: If the bare patch is due to a gasoline spill or dog urine, flood the area with water to dilute the problem fluid.
  • Carmel

    Simple solution....move your lawn to Seattle and let God Damp it!

    Ta dah!


  • Mulan
    move your lawn to Seattle and let God Damp it!

    Yes, Tod. But, we've been watering a lot already this summer. Rain yesterday, but that was the first in about 3 weeks.

  • Country Girl
    Country Girl

    There are types of commercial grass seed mixes where the seeds are coated so they are not attractive to birds. I would get this type of grass seed (think it's by Scott's), lightly rake the dirt surface in which weeds, rocks, etc. have been removed. Make it as level as possible. Spread your seed with a spreader evenly over the surface and keep well watered.

    For your patches: put down with a spreader corn meal at the rate of 1 lb. per 100 square feet. This provides nourishment for the beneficial insects in the lawn, which in turn destroy pests which can decimate the lawn. It also helps to destroy any fungus/mold you may have growing underneath the grass which can destroy it's roots. Beneficial nematodes should also be put down throughout the existing and new grass (when it grows). These can be purchased by mail order or at a very good lawn center.

    Chicken manure is also very helpful for making grass strong and healthy. Spread with a spreader on existing grass, following directions on package.

    Hope your lawn does better! Good luck..

    Country Girl

  • blobby

    Does anybody realise the connection here ?

    Green Thumb Friends. Grass question

    Green Thumb is actually the name of a Company owned and run by JW's in the UK, they specialise in maintaining your garden lawn for a cost, on a quarterly basis i.e. a "Green Thumb" man will appear 4 times per year to sprinkle your lawn with treatment to make it grow and kill the weeds etc......

    The original Green Thumb team was a father and son who "fell out", another Company was formed and is now in competition, its called Green Man......confused !

    Anyway they work by selling a local franchise's for a given area .........usually bought by another JW (cost used to be around £20,000 each).

    Last I heard it was also in the USA but under what name I don't know.

    Just thought you may be interested

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