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Should I water before applying water soluble fertilizer?

Let's say I'm going to use water soluble Miracle Gro on my lawn or garden. The rate suggested is 1 gallon of solution per 10 square feet. Should I water first, then apply the fertilizer solution? Or is the fertilizer application usually treated as a sufficient watering as well?
posted by theshire on Jul 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Please recommend an alternative to grass for my back yard.

Low maintenance ground cover needed. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Apr 16, 2016 - 10 answers

How to fix this yard (dead grass, maple sprouts)

Misterben and I bought our first house this past summer. Over the winter, most of the grass in our small front lawn died due to grubs eating the roots. Seeds scattered from the neighbor's maple tree into the resulting mud now appear to be sprouting all over. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Mar 25, 2016 - 9 answers

how do you secure a christmas lawn ornament to the ground?

How do you secure a Christmas lawn ornament to the ground? I'm talking about the plastic 40 inch high decorations, like the Santa Clauses, and Mrs. Clauses and snowmen. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Life with a robotic lawn mower

I'm considering investing in a robotic lawn mower. Technical specs and short reviews are easy to find, but I'm having trouble sorting out if the investment is worth it, or if I should rather buy a high-end "normal" lawn mower or possibly a riding one. How is life with a robotic lawn mower? [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Jun 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Can I water my lawn this way?

A question about the lifting capacity of sponges, gravity, pvc tubing and whether my lawn can be irrigated. [more inside]
posted by otto42 on May 23, 2012 - 9 answers

What yard, lawn, or garden tools can't you live without?

What yard, lawn, or garden tools or other items can't you live without? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es on Apr 16, 2012 - 36 answers

Ashes to...?

What is best to do about a large pile of wood ashes in the corner of my yard? [more inside]
posted by dilettante on Feb 26, 2012 - 7 answers

manual v. power aerator

Aside from uniformity, is there any difference between using a power core aerator and a manual one? [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Jul 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Is this bush dying?

What is wrong with this bush? If it is dying, how can I save it? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on May 23, 2011 - 8 answers

How do you work with grass plugs?

Grass plugs, a small-tenderly kept area, and no luck... How am I messing this up? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Nov 5, 2010 - 4 answers

Young grasshopper seeks grass-wisdom.

How to quickly mitigate a somewhat busted lawn and garden -- and maybe get a small vegetable harvest out of it? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Replacing the weeds in my lawn with grass this fall.

Replacing the weeds in my lawn with grass this fall. Best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by waylaid on Aug 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Does Shakeaway cat repellent also repel dogs?

Will Shakeaway cat repellent have the unwanted effect of repelling my dog, too? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Dec 5, 2009 - 1 answer

Damn moles, get off my lawn!

We've been getting molehills in our front garden lately, and we want them to go away. Which anti-mole technology is best for us? [more inside]
posted by Artw on Aug 24, 2009 - 10 answers

I want grass without the fuss

I'm thinking of replacing my lawn with artificial grass or some other thing that doesn't require constant upkeep. I'd like to hear your experiences with such horticultural matters. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Aug 13, 2009 - 22 answers

Help me fertilize for the first time

I just bought a brand new house in mid-May. I've never owned a home before and I'm new to yard keeping. The entire yard was sodded in May. Recently my builder mentioned following Scott's four step process. I'm located in the midwest. Can you explain what Scott's four step process is? Can you also point me to a link (preferably on Lowes.com) for exactly which fertilizer I should buy to use this week? Any other tips to help a newbie? Thank you!!
posted by gocubbies on Jul 30, 2009 - 8 answers

Hard as a rock, now with more rocks.

I have a fairly large yard (1440 sq. ft.) in the Los Angeles area that is like a giant rocky slab of concrete mixed with a bit of 25 year old construction debris. I would like to have a beautiful yard in which I enjoy myself. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Apr 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me dry out... my lawn

How can a water logged lawn be improved? The lawn is always wet - even in a good summer due to living on a high water table. Is it possible to significantly decrease the amount of water in the lawn? In the UK. [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Mar 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Welcome to the desert, please leave your lawn at the door

Converting to a drought-friendly lawn, should we use chemicals or not? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jun 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Grass or weed?

Why can't I have a weed lawn? [more inside]
posted by walla on Jun 5, 2008 - 46 answers

Really large chess piece ideas? For large backyard chessboard.

I am constructing a large backyard chessboard, but can't decide from what to create the pieces. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on May 23, 2007 - 27 answers

Why does the dirt stink?

My backyard stinks like a stable. Not all the time, but when we have dry, hot weather (as we do this week). What to do? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jul 28, 2006 - 12 answers

What should I look for in a manual push mower?

I'm in the market for a reel mower. What features should I be looking for? Any recommendations on models? [more inside]
posted by dw on Apr 29, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I dissolve doggie do-do?

The last bit of snow is finally melting in my backyard (yes, I live in Canada) to reveal a pile of dog shit, courtesy of my young black lab. Any ideas on how to melt that too? Any substances (preferably non-toxic) that I could spread on the lawn to speed up the process?
posted by thejimp on Apr 30, 2005 - 14 answers

Lawn mower 101

Lawn mower 101. We're renting a new place. It has a large garden, with a petrol/gas-powered push lawn mower to keep it tidy. The mower has two orifices, one for petrol/gas, the other for oil; what goes in each? [more inside]
posted by carter on Oct 9, 2004 - 5 answers

Beware the green peril (of St. Augustine grass)

LawnAndGardenFilter: When they built our neighborhood last year, the builders gave us Bermuda grass and our neighbors St. Augustine grass. Now the neighbor's very healthy St. Augustine is, of course, sending runners all over my lawn. What's the best way to stop this lush green menace?
posted by vraxoin on May 17, 2004 - 2 answers

Less-Toxic Lawn Care

My lawn needs some TLC, but I have neither the time nor the inclination to become your typical Suburban Lawn Nazi. I'm interested in lawn services, but I also have a toddler, and I'd like her to be able to play in the yard without wearing a hazmat suit. Anyone have any insight or knowledge about less-toxic lawn care (preferrably available from a service, not something I have to give up my Saturdays to do)?
posted by briank on Apr 21, 2004 - 4 answers

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