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Old 10-21-2012, 09:32 PM
 
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Hi all,

I just bought a house in the Boston MA area. The previous owners did not take care of the lawn or landscaping at all. What is the best way to go about getting a nice green, weed feed lawn. Also what type of grass would you recommend for New England weather and when should I plant. The lawn would get mostly sun and about an 1/8 of shade. I would prefer not to use chemicals like round up and such.

This is what it looks like right now





Thanks!
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:27 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Those are good questions for your local agricultural extension. They should have a lawn care calender for you to follow and recommendations on low maintenance (usually less popular) types of grass to use that require less fertilizer, weed control, overseeding and water.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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There is no way to get a weed free lawn without the use of chemicals. LAWN is not a natural element in the environment. Even the grass seed that you use to create your lawn is not natural. So to maintain a healthy vibrant weed free lawn you need to used man made chemicals.

You can rip it out and put down sod but you'll need man made chemicals to maintain a weed free lawn.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:45 AM
 
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Thanks Guys!!

Bulldogdad - I am on a budget and I heard that sod is really expensive. What would you suggest? Using round up, wait a bit, use a tiller, fertilize and seed? I am very new to the entire lawn thing.

Also do you know what type of weeds are those in the pictures I posted?

Thanks.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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Also do you know what type of weeds are those in my photos?
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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Thanks Guys!!

Bulldogdad - I am on a budget and I heard that sod is really expensive. What would you suggest? Using round up, wait a bit, use a tiller, fertilize and seed? I am very new to the entire lawn thing.

Also do you know what type of weeds are those in the pictures I posted?

Thanks.
Honestly decide what your budget is for this project.

First I would use a selective herbicide to like Ortho Weed Be Gone and others before resorting to Round up if you are willing to try and resurrect your existing lawn.

Also understand replacing a lawn is no small task but if your willing to try here are some bare bones basics:

1) Roundup, wait a week, water and repeat until no new green appears. Could take two months.

2) Remove not till-in all dead plant matter.

3) Roto till in a good compost and some starter fertilizer.

4) Upgrade, repair, install etc irrigation and drainage systems.

5) Hand grade smooth the ground to prepare for the seed.


Understand you'll need preemergents and selective herbicides to control the weeds in your new lawn.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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The lawn is 18,000 sq/ft, so I do understand that this is going to be hard work and I do know it takes some money to achieve a great lawn. Thanks for your advice.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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Ask yourself, what did people do to get great lawns before weed killers were developed. They just mowed. They watered and used fertilizers. If you set your mower at a height that prevents the weeds from developing seeds, they will die out with a minimum of effort. Most weeds come from yearly seeding.

I may be wrong, but it looks as if you have a stand of bermuda grass. If so, you may have a good start on a nice lawn.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:47 PM
 
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I had good luck with a weed and feed. Might find someone who has a walk behind spreader to put down with.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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The lawn is 18,000 sq/ft, so I do understand that this is going to be hard work and I do know it takes some money to achieve a great lawn. Thanks for your advice.

LOL, that's not a lawn but a field no wonder you don't want to sod.

You need to look at some commercial grade chemical treatments from a professional applicator.
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