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Old 03-27-2012, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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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.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Core Aeration, good quality mulch and Ironite.

Aerate then spred the mulch out with a spreader. Mix in Ironite. Water.

Do forget to mark the sprinklers before you Aerate.

A good verticutting also helps.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Why don't you ask your neighbor what he does for his yard?
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Well, there's always green paint.....

I'd ask the neighbor what he does. It's a nice way to get to know each other and he'll probably be flattered (not to mention appreciative that you noticed how well he took care of that strip of your grass). Plus, you two might end up splitting the cost of an aerator or being able to buy fertilizer in bulk.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:13 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Why don't you ask your neighbor what he does for his yard?

Yep!
The neighbor would know better than anyone on a message board!
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Somone beat me to it: Paint. They actually make paint ofr dead grass. It came out in the drought in Los Angeles when they made it illegal to water your lawn.

Actually for rich green, you usually only need Nitrogen. Get Fertilizer with very high nitrogen content.

Alternately, you can hire chemlawn to spray your lawn iwth chemicals (mostly nitrogen). We had the greenest lawn in our nieghborhood. It actually looked ridiculous it was so richly green. Now, we just give it a lot of nitrogen and it does great all by itself. However now we live in Michigan and everything grows well here (except citrus - wah).
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:03 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Can't really tell much from the picture. What kind of grass is it?

From the aerial view, it looks like it was scalped. In other words, the lawn was probably not mowed in the longest time then the asset manager came in and finally mowed it and chopped off so much of the leaves that what you're seeing are brown stems.

It will take a while to recover from that but it should recover.

You can check online for a lawn care calendar for your area put out by your local agricultural extension.
It tells you exactly what to do and when.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:10 PM
 
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Nitrogen, nitrogen, nitrogen. And . . . some more nitrogen.

try Turf Builder.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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Core Aeration, good quality mulch and Ironite.

Aerate then spred the mulch out with a spreader. Mix in Ironite. Water.

Do forget to mark the sprinklers before you Aerate.

A good verticutting also helps.
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.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Well, there's always green paint.....

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Lol!!! Hahahah...

My DD (the baker) said to add green food coloring to the water when watering the grass for we have the same grass problem as the OP.
Its is our first spring w/ this new house.
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