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Old 05-20-2019, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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I don't use any chemicals or fertilizer.
All natural. When I bought my house the lawn was seriously neglected. It was dead spots, weeds, and some grass. Over the last 2 years or so I just raked the crap out of it every spring and heavily seeded every few months. Also switched to mowing it high. Not really alot of time and effort and it looks better and better every year. But, I'm not overly obsessed with having a perfect lawn that looks like green carpet.

If you can, a couple of chickens will rake and fertilize the lawn and even keep it mowed down to some degree and eliminate pests. You will have to buy them some food, maybe not much after table scraps, but you'll also have more eggs than you can eat.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:06 PM
 
Location: The Twilight Zone
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Ugh. Wife has been driving me crazy to get chickens. For me, it's more hassle than it's worth.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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"It's fun and I wish I started a decade ago. It's just a simple Excel spreadsheet. Everytime I mow I come back and enter the info. More mowing this year than last year. "....that is more obsessive/compulsive than my tomato and pepper spreadsheet !

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I have a spreadsheet with the 6 different areas of my yard measured out into square feet so I can more accurately split out and apply any supplements. I built in how many pounds to measure out for each area depending on what the bag gives as pounds/1000 sq. ft.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I've got some wild-violet in my lawn as well. Not enough to bother me. Really trying to avoid chemicals so I guess i'll be starting to hand pull it as I walk past bits herer and there

I learned that not only the roots grow stronger if left alone but they spread. Summer humidity is coming now so I don't think I'll be pulling much more. I used a chemical last year I forgot which it was and it did kill them but I don't think it went down to the root though because it seemed to be just as much this yr vs last.


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that is more obsessive/compulsive than my tomato and pepper spreadsheet !

Nice. Love stats and spreadsheets. Would love to see yours.

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I have a spreadsheet with the 6 different areas of my yard measured out into square feet so I can more accurately split out and apply any supplements. I built in how many pounds to measure out for each area depending on what the bag gives as pounds/1000 sq. ft.
Now that is crazy, love it. lol.


Do you guys have a rain gauge?
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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I'll be mowing today. Busy with work all week plus I want to raise the deck on the mower so I let it grow more than I wanted to.

Had little over 1/2" of rain this past week.

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Old 05-31-2019, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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7th mow of this year was the warmest and muggiest so far.





I tried once last yr, I figure I give it a shot again this year. Throwing down Milorganite. I never had a problem having green grass but I like the organic nature this helps the soil with and of course the added Nitrogen and Iron.


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Old 06-01-2019, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Upstate, NY
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Just wondering who here have irrigation systems in-ground. We’ve had so much rain I have yet to turn ours on. Turf is thickest it’s been in years.
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:39 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Just wondering who here have irrigation systems in-ground. We’ve had so much rain I have yet to turn ours on. Turf is thickest it’s been in years.
Not me. I don't even use sprinklers.
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Decided to take advantage of the cool June temps and have at it again. 1 by 1.




Got tough because there is some nice thick grass growing with it.




Another 3 Gallons worth. Gees. Think I'll be done by 2021? lol
You can see where I pulled them here.

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Old 06-18-2019, 08:31 AM
 
Location: U.S.
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Shifting from the violets to just a question on red thread? Anyone have this in the past and successfully been able to get rid of it? Seems to be overtaking most of my lawn (we have about an acre of grass). Thanks
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