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Old 03-28-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Food coloring, paint, etc does nothing if the grass has no leaves to paint, as is the case with the OP's scalped lawn.

Just as a side note, food coloring does nothing to color the lawn even on a good day.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Food coloring, paint, etc does nothing if the grass has no leaves to paint, as is the case with the OP's scalped lawn.

Just as a side note, food coloring does nothing to color the lawn even on a good day.
Good to know for the info...

You have to commend that child of mine for "trying" in best consideration for her parent's worry on the "lawnscape" (yet we are quite rural w/o neighbors "in sight" to complain about us, so there is ample of time for research & doings...)... thus I said she is a "baker" and thinks like one w/o any expertise in grass care. She is so worried for us she wants to make us a "green grass coconut cake" to make us feel happier w/ our lawn... that sweetheart.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I just bought a house which used to be a foreclosure, so a lot of things have been neglected for a while. One of them is the lawn, its not very green, especially if you compare it with the neighbor's yard, which looks great. You can see the comparison below:

You can see there is a nice strip of green on my side of the fence. That is because my neighbor was also taking care of that strip of lawn until I bought the house.

Is there anything I can do to make it look better? This may be a dumb question, but this is the first time ever that I have a yard, so I'm new to everything.

This picture was taken right after the lawn was mowed.
It is hard to tell from the picture but I'm guessing someone cut the grass on too low of a setting. If the grass was high, it should have been cut on the highest setting possible. There may also be clippings on the grass, which makes it appear browner. I don't bag my clippings but that can be a problem when the grass is high. You want to mulch the clippings not have them lay on the grass and turn brown. I agree with what everyone else said about fertlizing, aeration and thatching. You may also want to spread some lime. Chances are your neighbor does nothing more than cuts his grass regularly on a higher setting and uses a drop spreader to fertilize four times a year.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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I meant compost not mulch.

Nitrogen and Iron obtained through the compost breaking down into the soil is better over the long run for your lawn. It will take longer to green but will be healthier.
Bulldogdad
Let's mulch his lawn for fun. He'll attract every termite for country miles. Yep, mulch, mulch, mulch and more mulch.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Good to know for the info...

You have to commend that child of mine for "trying" in best consideration for her parent's worry on the "lawnscape" (yet we are quite rural w/o neighbors "in sight" to complain about us, so there is ample of time for research & doings...)... thus I said she is a "baker" and thinks like one w/o any expertise in grass care. She is so worried for us she wants to make us a "green grass coconut cake" to make us feel happier w/ our lawn... that sweetheart.
I do commend your child for trying.

She may grow up and develop a way to make lawns appear healthy, full and beautiful without the expensive and damaging toxic chemicals one day. She could could make owning a lawn "green" in more ways than one.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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A healthy green lawn takes a bit of time and patience. I agree with the OP that you shouldn't cut it too close. A very short lawn will allow weeds to take hold. We use a feed and weed spread on our lawn in mid-Spring and that is it for the season. You can burn a lawn with too much fertilizer.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I should post a photo of my rear lawn. It is full of violets and little blooming asters. There's grass there, but I suppose someone would tell me to throw chemicals on it...I live in a watershed and excess fertilizers run off into the waterways and cause excess algae growth and other problems.

1. I do agree the OP should be friendly and ask the neighbor. The neighbor may have a sprinkler or aereate(sp?) or something. But if the neighbor is spritzing fertilizer all over the lawn, then I'd go the Bulldogdad route and responsibly treat w/ manure.

2. I also think the grass may have been cut a little too short.

3. Why is it than whenever I'm putting in a flowerbed or something, grass seems IMPOSSIBLE to kill, but people are always posting about how their grass seems to be dying by itself...LOL The irony.

BTW the paddock fencing is nice.

Congrats on the new home!
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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OMG, it isn't rocket science. Go buy the appropriate Scott's, for(my kind of grass) plus weed killer and put it on the lawn. What part of this is hard?
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:13 PM
 
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Watershed. Geez. 10 pounds of soluble fertilizer will never make it off your lawn much less into some aquifer.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Watershed. Geez. 10 pounds of soluble fertilizer will never make it off your lawn much less into some aquifer.
Yes it will. I did a little accidental experiment last year and put a small amount of fertilizer on my flower beds. It rained a lot last year, if you remember. Anyway, in a couple of days I had a downstream ornamental pond full of algae.
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