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Old 04-19-2017, 10:51 AM
 
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This is what my lawn looks every spring, for 3 years that we have been here Chicago area, i guess zone 6.
First spring we had landscapers install grass at the end where the biggest problem is. Comes next spring it looked same as before..... patch of dirt. It was under a big tree so after fertilizer we re seeded the lawn with scots shade blend and waited for grass to grow.
Now every year lawn eventually fills in but i hate to look at it untill it does.
Comes this spring same situation. Some grass has really thin blades and so far has 0 growths in hight but did get greener vs our spring dead brown. But there is also patches of wider blade grass that is growing in hight.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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Now my parents also bought a house few blocks away from me and their lawn is lush and green all seasons even under snow. They do nothing to it other then someone sparays for weeds. And thier lawn looks like this. ..... what do I need to do to green lawn year round.
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Bloomington, IL
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I've found that if the original builder scraped all the topsoil off to sell...and the original buyer didn't "buy back" truckloads of topsoil to put on top then you'll forever have a crappy lawn. Fertilizer is a quick and very temporary fix as the yard will always be weak - only by adding many amendments over the years is there hope of building up what was lost from that topsoil.
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:11 AM
 
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Home was build in 1920 the soil seems to be fine as I am able to almost put a stick in it and everything grows. The house had yard probably was abandoned for last 15 years, it had elderly people in it and then was a rental . So in looking for suggestions on correct type of grass blend for this part of the country that will give me evergreen lawn, as last lawn i had was in CA.
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:17 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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This is what my lawn looks every spring, for 3 years that we have been here Chicago area,
What are you NOT doing in the fall and winter? (that's a hint btw) LINK
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Old 04-19-2017, 11:24 AM
 
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I know lol. But see I HAD a "landscaping company " that was "taking care" of my lawn for me.. So now that i send them on their way i need to figure out what to do. But too much information at once and i confused myself . Fertilizing, aerating, types of grass......
My first step at this point of time is to figure out grass blend that does not go brown on me in winter / summer (not from lack of watering) tried last year no go. Was raking dead grass a month ago aerating and fertilizing
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Old 04-19-2017, 01:40 PM
 
Location: British Columbia
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The soil in your pictures looks caked and compacted as though it has too much clay and not adequate enough drainage. Have you considered adding humous amendments to the soil to fluff it up some?

If the shade tree is still there, what kind of tree is it?


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Old 04-19-2017, 02:36 PM
 
Location: UNMC Area
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It doesn't really matter if it's "shade mix" grass seed you're putting down. If it's too shady, your grass isn't going to grow well - if at all.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:38 PM
 
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Most of the soil looks like this. We do have some clay but i have to go down about 10-15 inches to find some. maybe drainage is the issue as the yard is not leveled its kind of like the motion of the ocean all over the place.
It is a very big willow tree but the part that was shadings the lawn was removed.
And no i have not added any humous but will look into it
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Willow trees suck up water like crazy, plus the shade therefore probably your problem. Willows and grass are not really compatible.
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