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Old 06-25-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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My backyard has (In NOVA) has been dominated by large German Shepherds for 25 years and large Oak trees. I have no dogs right now but still have plenty of Oak trees. My yard is in pretty bad shape. I do not have the time to spend countless hours trying to make it into an award winning yard nor the patience to keep it that way. My motto has always been: "If God wants my yard green he'll make it green." That said, I'd like to make some improvements and get some grass in my yard. it has much dirt mixed with a little bit of grass. Is there anything that will grow in this heat and humidity of NOVA that I can throw down and just water? I don't have the time to do all the prep and straw etc. I just want to throw some type of hardy seed down and maybe water daily. My front yard looks good so now my back needs the attention.
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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It's no help to you but we've given up on grass (we found out our house in particular used to be a rock quarry!) the clay soil here is terrible - I'm currently looking for some ground cover (NOT ivy), maybe something like that would work for you? - good luck! (We had a German Shepherd and still miss him
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:48 PM
 
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Ever see that stuff the Highway Dept rolls out after they dig? It's like a mat that's impregnated with grass seed (a super hardy species) and fertilizer...the mat prevents erosion while the grass is taking hold and then it rots away.

I wonder if that stuff is available to Harry Homeowners?
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Ever see that stuff the Highway Dept rolls out after they dig? It's like a mat that's impregnated with grass seed (a super hardy species) and fertilizer...the mat prevents erosion while the grass is taking hold and then it rots away.

I wonder if that stuff is available to Harry Homeowners?

I've never seen the stuff in any local store.
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Aldie, VA
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you could buy sod with pre-grown grass at just about any nursery. Sometimes HomeDepot and Lowes have it. I think you are too late to try to plant seed and grow.
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:58 AM
 
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Scott's has that bag of grass that you just throw down and water. It's at Home Depot. I never used it, but it sounds like what you're looking for.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:05 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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Scott's has that bag of grass that you just throw down and water. It's at Home Depot. I never used it, but it sounds like what you're looking for.

I think ive used that. Didnt even water, it did fine.

Heck, I wish I could make the grass in my backyard grow more slowly.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Zoysia grass might work for you. It's supposed to be very hardy, drought-tolerant, low maintenance and ideal for hot and humid weather. it's typically grown in the Caribbean. It has an evasive root system. The only thing is that it loves the hot weather so once it gets cool in the fall, the grass will "yellow". Homeowners I've known who use it start out with plugs, not seeds.
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Old 07-01-2010, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I'd wait until after August. Most sod that gets laid down in July dies, and seeds never sprout. You'll have much better results if you wait until after the summer heat wave passes. Dave at Merrifield Garden Center is the local lawn guru. Give them a call, and they'll give you all the help you want. Even if you wait until September, I would call first and see if the weather has cooled down enough for optimum planting.

There are a few different ground covers that work well besides grass. Again, MGC has great advice in this area. Mint or bugleweed are worth considering. Just remember that mint spreads. You will soon have more than enough to make mojitos for the whole neighborhood (and then some).

One good thing about mint, though-- mowing the lawn smells minty fresh.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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If you have a lot of oak trees, then you likely have too much shade for grass. Zoysia is out of the question without morning to dusk sun. I have a similar situation in my back yard and abandoned a lawn there years ago. What you need is a shade-tolerant ground cover. There are many kinds other than invasive English ivy that once established are maintenance free. Pachysandra is one example. Ask at a nursery and pick one you like best.
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