We've noticed a few areas of torn-up grass in our backyard recently. Pic. Some googling suggests it might be raccoons or skunks tearing it up to look for grubs. Has anyone else experienced this? What's the best course of action?
Over the past week or so, I've noticed a whole bunch of small birds pecking at the lawn in our back yard. And something has also torn one edge of the lawn. So I'm wondering if there's an insect problem, and if so, what the correct treatment is. [more inside]
I'm building a bike shed, and I'd like to have grass growing on the roof. I've googled green roofs for hours, but most of it is sales information for various membranes/products and installation companies - nothing simple or even close to DIY. [more inside]
Low maintenance ground cover needed. [more inside]
We have a garden that currently only contains mulch (and some weeds). We would like to plant a lawn there. We would like to do this in a way that is natural and 100% safe for our toddler Our concern is the use of various chemicals that may be accidentally ingested or absorbed. What are best practices for planting and taking care of our lawn so we can be 100% sure it is safe and does not pollute the ground in case we want to grow vegetables and fruits on it in the future?
What movie did I see in school in the late 80's that featured sheep being punctured with a huge needle-ish poker thing to save the sheep by releasing internal gas resulting from grazing on the wrong kind of grass? And does all that really happen?
I am always facinated by how tourists perceive the lands to which the with visit with rose-tinted glasses...The people are seen as friendlier, the food is nicer, the sights are more interesting, the natives seem more cultured, the transport seems better and even the Coca-Cola tastes nicer. [more inside]
Moving into a rental house and the lawn is bare and weedy. I don't want to sink a lot of money in it, but I do want it to look better. [more inside]
Heyso, I have this behemoth tent that my daughter and I used for camping and it comes in a tiny little duffel bag so I've been procrastinating on getting it back in the bag. I laid it out on the lawn to dry out last week and left it there for a few days... here is what happened: total lawn destruction. [more inside]
We have a pair of 65 pound dogs and a 35'x60' back yard. There used to be a mix of clover, zoysia, and violets as ground cover, but the dogs' running around (and digging) has reduced it all to roots and dirt. What ground cover can we grow that will stand up to the dogs' track and field events? Barring that, what the heck do we do back there so we don't have to bathe the dogs every time they go out there within three days of a light rain? [more inside]
I tried Meggle alphine butter from Germany and really like it. I also tried president butter from France and didnt like the artificial flavor. Later I tried organic valley the limited edition and was not impressed at all. Then I tried Kerrygold garlic and herbs butter which basically tastes just like sour cream, not only tasteless but actually kind of disgusting? I am wondering how does Kerrygold regular butter compared with Meggle? I haven't try it yet but don't want to waste time and money. Meggle tastes so good, but it's not grass fed I guess. How are butter and dairy products made in Germany , is there anyone know? Really hope it's not antibiotics and hormone loaded. Thanks!
What will happen to my lawn in the long run if it's not fertilized? My wife and I aren't lawn-obsessed and we don't want to contribute to the chemical runoff that's a consequence of Americans' quest for the perfect lawn. We have a mixture of turfgrass, crabgrass, ground ivy, clover, violets, and various other plants, and that's fine with us. We just want it cut every week or two so it doesn't get too unruly. [more inside]
I bought a new house recently, and with it came a John Deere L110 tractor that the previous owner had kept in great condition even though it's 8 years old. I bumped the tube that transports the grass into the catcher-bags last week, and now it doesn't bag any more. I've googled and googled, and read the manual, and been completely and embarassingly unable to get the grass into the bag again. Is this common? What causes it? Any help would be wildly appreciated. Thanks!
My dog is a grass-eater. I would like her to NOT be a grass eater. But am I being cruel by cutting her off from her favorite pasttime - grazing? [more inside]
I've recently moved from renting an apartment in a complex to renting a privately-owned duplex. It has a little (8 ft by about 15 ft) yard-ish thing right now that I would like to transform into a real yard. The owners won't pay for it, but would be fine with whatever I do to it. The problem is, right now the yard is completely overrun with weeds; everything else gets choked out by them. I don't know what kind of weeds, there's a variety of them. The other problem is that I live in Phoenix and the ground is very hard and dry so pulling the weeds by hand is going to be... difficult if not impossible. I've seen previous yard questions, but I am a special desert-dwelling snowflake and a little bit of a hippy, so I'm looking for more ideas than the "poison the whole thing" that I see in some of the other questions and also Phoenix-specific advice. [more inside]
So, tell me about grass. [more inside]
We're starting a new backyard from scratch in the spring (new home with only dirt). We want a backyard that is compatible with our dog, and a toddler. [more inside]
Maybe you know this art print? Years ago I lost a piece of art that I loved but didn't know anything about. It was a sketch of a dry-docked small (single-person? in the perspective it looked to be about a 12-foot craft) sailboat, sail down, in a field of waving shore grass, looking out towards the sea and the back of the boat. The surf was far away, maybe 100 yards or so, and the boat was positioned in the lower right-hand quadrant of the piece though not in the corner. The original medium was was pencil or charcoal on paper. When I see it I think "New England coast" and "loneliness". It was a yellowish-greenish-sepia tone, or perhaps that was just the paper it was litho'd on. I recall it was an official print numbered in pencil on the matting and framed in a low-profile chrome frame. Do you know the work? Can you speculate on the name of the artist? I'd really like to be able to attempt to get another copy. [more inside]
Sometimes when I run through tall grass it makes my legs itch. Why does this happen? [more inside]
Please help me identify a vase my MIL bought. She was told it's Satsuma. [more inside]
I hurt my lawn. Help me heal it. [more inside]
What ground cover will best defy the incursion of my nemesis, grass? Shady (under tree) area in Quebec, Canada. [more inside]
How do I sort out my life priorities (relationships, career, travel) without always feeling like the grass is greener? [more inside]
I can't seem to grow grass in my front yard. Is there a kind of grass seed that is foolproof? I don't care what kind of grass it is, I just need it to grow! [more inside]
Grass plugs, a small-tenderly kept area, and no luck... How am I messing this up? [more inside]
I was given an electric Toro weed trimmer. It powers up and the motor seems to function fine, but it's missing the part required to hold the wire. What do I need to attach to it? Some part, some cap, a thingy, a doohickey? Not even sure what to search for or ask for at the hardware store. Here are pictures of its business end. Can you tell me what I need to buy to make this work?
First love, 7 year healthy relationship, grass is greener syndrome - how to proceed? [more inside]
How to quickly mitigate a somewhat busted lawn and garden -- and maybe get a small vegetable harvest out of it? [more inside]
Replacing the weeds in my lawn with grass this fall. Best way to do it? [more inside]
What baby mammals did my rat terrier find? [more inside]
We had a new grass lawn put in at the start of the year. Before long, it had developed yellow spots: pic 1, pic 2. A suspect has been brought in for questioning. She did not confess, only licking the detective on advise of counsel. Two questions: 1) Is she likely the real culprit? 2) What remedies are available? If it is her, I'd like to note that the whole point of the lawn was so that she could do her business out there. We'll get her a potty pad and encourage her not to go on the grass, but I'm doubtful that she'll always go where we want. [more inside]
What do I need to know before overhauling my packed-dirt backyard? Bonus points for inexpensive and green/sustainable suggestions. [more inside]
We have thin and bare spots in our lawn so I had a professional reseed it using "slit" seeding. The problem is the old grass is at least eight or nine inches tall and really needs to be cut, but the new grass still looks too fragile to walk on. So how long should I wait before I mow it? I'm concerned that letting the older grass get too long will make my lawn become coarse or cause other problems.
Does mowing grass promote outward growth? [more inside]
[lawn care filter] I'm new to the world of lawn care. If I use a manual push mower (without a grass catcher) to cut my grass - would I need to rake and bag the cut grass afterwards or can I just leave it where it lies? (more inside) [more inside]
I'm a failure as a husband and a father. Help me rescue my front yard. [more inside]
Tips from lawn care experts? [more inside]
Sodding a bare patch of lawn (for the cheap and lazy). [more inside]
What would happen to my lawn if I just didn't rake the leaves? [more inside]
I'm looking for grass for my backyard, but we have two major problems. The ground is wet pretty much all the time because it's so low. I'm told it barely perked enough when they did the perk test for the septic tank (the main field lines are in the front, only the emergency overflow lines are in the back, and our system is properly sending all liquid to the front). Also, the yard is very shady. Some parts never get sun and at most some parts get 4-5 hours a day. Unfortunately, cutting down trees isn't an option. [more inside]
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]
anybody know of a grass / synthetic surface for a run in the bay area? [more inside]
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]
How to kill grass on a playground? [more inside]
When was the poem "Kinderlied" by Gunter Grass written? [more inside]
Does anyone know how a gas powered reel mower will handle tall grass? [more inside]
newbie looking for a sturdy, dog-friendly groundcover for our back yard! [more inside]
Help me get a good start on my lawn [more inside]
AnswerAnOngoingFamilyArgument-Filter: My sister says one of her highschool history teachers mentioned in class a month or two ago that in China, people use scissors to cut their lawns instead of lawn mowers. Obviously, this is pretty crazy (right?), but my sister says that's what he said. Is there anything reasonable along these lines that could have been what he really said?
I just want grass! Help me turn the last home owner's garden into a simple grass yard. [more inside]
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