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How should I cheaply improve this terrible front yard?

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]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 1, 2014 - 24 answers

Healing tent-burn - the lawn edition

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]
posted by lakersfan1222 on Jul 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Big dogs == no lawn?

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]
posted by notsnot on May 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Meggle butter vs grass fed kerrygold and Organic valley?

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!
posted by pack2themoon on Jan 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Is fertilizing a lawn really necessary?

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]
posted by brianogilvie on Sep 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Why isn't my John Deere tractor bagging grass any more?

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!
posted by um_maverick on Sep 4, 2013 - 5 answers

At least she's not smoking it

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]
posted by Elly Vortex on Jun 12, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me help my yard

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]
posted by Weeping_angel on May 5, 2013 - 20 answers

I know it's always greener over there...

So, tell me about grass. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on May 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Have you converted to a clover lawn?

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]
posted by blue_beetle on Jan 26, 2013 - 8 answers

It's a sailboat!

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]
posted by carsonb on Oct 9, 2012 - 8 answers

greener grass is itchy

Sometimes when I run through tall grass it makes my legs itch. Why does this happen? [more inside]
posted by gregr on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Help identify Oriental vase (Satsuma?)

Please help me identify a vase my MIL bought. She was told it's Satsuma. [more inside]
posted by wrm on Dec 22, 2011 - 1 answer

How do you fix a broken lawn?

I hurt my lawn. Help me heal it. [more inside]
posted by papercake on Oct 10, 2011 - 11 answers

What ground cover thwarts grass best?

What ground cover will best defy the incursion of my nemesis, grass? Shady (under tree) area in Quebec, Canada. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on May 28, 2011 - 10 answers

How to sort out life priorities?

How do I sort out my life priorities (relationships, career, travel) without always feeling like the grass is greener? [more inside]
posted by Amistad on May 8, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there a kind of grass seed that is foolproof?

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]
posted by rglass on Mar 21, 2011 - 13 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

What do I need to make this Toro weed trimmer work?

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?
posted by Mo Nickels on Sep 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Grass is greener syndrome with first love after 7 years together

First love, 7 year healthy relationship, grass is greener syndrome - how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by lichen on Sep 2, 2010 - 39 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

What baby mammals are in my lawn?

What baby mammals did my rat terrier find? [more inside]
posted by xorry on Aug 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Grass, the natural prey of the miniature poodle.

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]
posted by jewzilla on Aug 1, 2010 - 10 answers

Overhauling the yard

What do I need to know before overhauling my packed-dirt backyard? Bonus points for inexpensive and green/sustainable suggestions. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jul 10, 2010 - 6 answers

To cut or not to cut (my grass)

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.
posted by 14580 on May 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Moving grass

Does mowing grass promote outward growth? [more inside]
posted by allelopath on May 19, 2010 - 5 answers

lawn care help please

[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]
posted by cheemee on Mar 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Re-restoring my front lawn

I'm a failure as a husband and a father. Help me rescue my front yard. [more inside]
posted by cebailey on Mar 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Pro tips for mowing the lawn?

Tips from lawn care experts? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Feb 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Sod This.

Sodding a bare patch of lawn (for the cheap and lazy). [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Jan 12, 2010 - 15 answers

What would happen to my lawn if I just didn't rake the leaves?

What would happen to my lawn if I just didn't rake the leaves? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Oct 28, 2009 - 25 answers

Question about grass, man

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]
posted by atm on Sep 28, 2009 - 7 answers

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

grass / synthetic surface run in the bay area?

anybody know of a grass / synthetic surface for a run in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by evanm on Aug 22, 2009 - 1 answer

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

How to kill grass on a playground?

How to kill grass on a playground? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Aug 12, 2009 - 23 answers

When was Kinderlied by Gunter Grass written?

When was the poem "Kinderlied" by Gunter Grass written? [more inside]
posted by Planet F on Jun 14, 2009 - 4 answers

My reel mower is fight?

Does anyone know how a gas powered reel mower will handle tall grass? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 on May 22, 2009 - 5 answers

the green, green grass of home.

newbie looking for a sturdy, dog-friendly groundcover for our back yard! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Mar 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Help me have a happy lawn.

Help me get a good start on my lawn [more inside]
posted by drstein on Feb 23, 2009 - 12 answers

What *do* they use to cut grass in China?

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?
posted by niles on Dec 24, 2008 - 31 answers

How do I grow grass in a mulched area?

I just want grass! Help me turn the last home owner's garden into a simple grass yard. [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard on Aug 12, 2008 - 18 answers

Help eradicate grass in my garden

My garden is being overrun by grass. How do I get rid of the grass but keep my existing perennial plants? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Jul 19, 2008 - 14 answers

Grass or weed?

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

A lawnmower that mows, not sucks?

Recommend a lawnmower, please. [more inside]
posted by found dog one eye on Apr 26, 2008 - 18 answers

I didn't rake in the grass seed before covering with straw - help!!

Did I totally mess up by meticulously preparing our yard with a tracter/box blade, spending days removing rocks and debres, planting 50 pounds of Fescue seed, thereafter covering it with 23 bails of straw, and watering it almost daily, but completely skipping the part about raking the seed into the soil? 7 days and counting. [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz on Apr 25, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me, Obi Lawn; you're my only hope

How do I convert all-crabgrass and sand to grass, on a low budget? [more inside]
posted by theredpen on Feb 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Keep my lawn healthy, and dogs not dirty and smelly

Here in sunny Florida, my two large dogs tend to wear my back lawn down to the dirt. Is there a grass that recovers easily? [more inside]
posted by cmiller on Feb 20, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me smell!

Please help me dramatically update my chosen perfumes. The problem is: my favourite scent is the smell of... soap. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Nov 22, 2007 - 22 answers

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