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Old 05-28-2009, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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The most important tip, IMO, is don't fertilize in August or if it's still really hot in September. Wait until it cools down a little. Lawns get really stressed out during heat waves, and at that point the fertilizer hurts them rather than helps them.
Agrees here... I keep seeing "professionals" hired by HOAs who throw down fertilizer in the summer and burn up the grass.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:25 AM
 
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Go to the scotts website. I am on their fertilizer/weed killer plan and it is painless.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Some Beach... Somewhere...
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Go to the scotts website. I am on their fertilizer/weed killer plan and it is painless.
Good advice. The basics of getting your lawn to look good are:

1) Use the Scotts products as labeled
2) Cut regularly with a sharp mower blade, never trimming more than 1/3 of the height
3) Deep watering once a week
4) Check the pH of the soil and adjust as needed

Given reasonable weather (no heat waves and fairly regular rains) and no insect problems (grubs), your lawn will look really good. Of course you can always do more, but this will keep it looking better than most.
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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Thanks everyone... I've started with the mowing and watering once a week.... (though the rain is taking care of most watering right now) Am holding off on weedicide for now(?) My neighbour said he has a groundhog problem. Will that affect my lawn too
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Orange Hunt Estates, W. Springfield
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Groundhog problem! Where do you live! Your neighbor may not know the difference between a groundhog and a mole, perhaps. I've had moles in the past, but they have disappeared. The worst they do is hump the ground slightly in their subterranean travels. Just tamp the ground back down. They otherwise do no damage to a lawn, and, in fact, eat insects in the earth that can harm your lawn--like grubs.
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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A few years ago they had a groundhog out by the golf course in Algonkian Park. I heard he was around long enough they began calling him Bill Murray. Apparently it took a few months to get rid of him. Not sure what they did, or what the groundhog was doing to the golf course. I never saw any signs of damage.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:23 PM
 
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I through some Southern Weed N Feed on my lawn this spring and it killed everything except the bermuda. Looks like a golf course now.
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