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 10-30-2013, 09:38 Post: 188222
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I posted this thread yesterday but it got wiped out so I will repost it. Might have been deleted by my fat fingers on my Galaxy S4 while moderating So Sad

Steps involved:
1) mow low
2) apply grass/weed killer like round up
3) Wait 2 + weeks in this case it was four weeks
4) weed wack or mow and rake as much dead material as possible
5) Use power core aerator like a BlueBird Aerator in three directions
6) Apply water saver coated Scotts Tall Fescue seed
7) Apply Scotts Starter Fertilizer and weed preventer, lime, and soil conditioner.
8) add water and wait 6 or more weeks before first mowing






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Blue Bird Core Aerator. This a very heavy machine, too heavy for one person to lift into a truck, you need ramps, I had it delivered for an extra $25





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Seven weeks later ... from worst lawn to best lawn Smile





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In NJ all grass turns brown by January, though last year it was so warm that it stayed green for part of February.

It seems that Fescue is supposed to be good for southern climates. It will stay green way longer than Zoysia though if the heat doesn't kill it off So Sad






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Well there is good news and bad news on the lawn renovation.

The core aerator worked great started the lawn well before winter. Looked great all spring. The plugs had really hardy tall fescue that looked really solidly rooted. My dad had one of the best lawns in the neighborhood until June.

Then having too many cooks involved kicked in. My brother likes to fertilize several times a year even in the summer as he has an irrigation system that runs automatically. My dad does not and is too old to water it.

So my brother fertilized the lawn in July with a high nitrogen fertilizer. With the heat spell that we had following the application we are in burn out ground zero condition again.

So yes on the the core aerator... no on successful effort due to .......

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...Of course you live uptown me the back forty. Just have a yard lots of weed they stay green even in dry spells and I don't have to mow that often.



Harvey, that is my Dad's place. For me I do like you do, no fertilizer, no insecticide, no watering, just cut what grows, and mow at highest setting only when I have to. Have a bountiful crop of weeds ...Smile But usually it looks really good about the first week of June as it must enjoy the nitrogen from the snow falls and the weeds have not kicked in quite yet. It is downhill from there... but comes back somewhat in the fall on its own.

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My decades of lawn neglect have finally come to their final demise.

Now even my weeds have been unable to sustain life and their roots have rotted out leaving me with significant erosion issues this winter.

I guess I will need to get an early start in the spring to try to stop the loss of soil.






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