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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 to plant a safe lawn?

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?
posted by blueyellow on Feb 28, 2016 - 18 answers

What is this little purple flower?

Now blooming on the lawn in New Jersey The plant is about 7 inches tall The urn-shaped florets less than half an inch long. I could not find it in wild- or nonwild- flower lists. [more inside]
posted by hexatron on Apr 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Tell me about electric lawnmowers.

We are getting to the time of year where I am going to have to start mowing the lawn. Our old reel-style mower died at the end of last year, and it kind of sucked anyway. I do not want to mess with gas. Do you have an electric lawnmower, either corded or battery powered? Is it great? Is it terrible? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by Adridne on Apr 28, 2015 - 28 answers

Please recommend a good landscape architect in the bay area

We want to get rid of our lawn...do you know a good landscaping consultant who works in the mid-peninsula area? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Mar 18, 2015 - 3 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

A great sod debate (in my head)

I have a backyard that has been troubled ever since we moved in. It was clear at that time that lawn of some sort was not doing very well. We tried adding new good soil and starting grass from seed that supposedly was the right kind for our area and the fact that the back gets little direct sunlight. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Dec 2, 2014 - 14 answers

all the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray

Stupid question filter: there are a lot of leaves on my lawn. I've never had a lawn before. What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on Nov 11, 2014 - 34 answers

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

Hey I heard you like the wild ones.

I need ideas for what wild, low-maintenance flowers and plants to try to grow in half our yard that was previously mulch. [more inside]
posted by Bacon Bit on Jul 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Help with planting beds?

I have been carving some planting beds out of my lawn, and they actually look pretty good! But since I had to rip up some sod, they are about a half an inch lower than the lawn itself. Is this ok, or should planting beds be level with the lawn itself?
posted by to sir with millipedes on Jul 3, 2014 - 6 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

Hardy fast growing ground cover safe for chicken?

I'm looking for hardy fast growing ground cover suggestions that are chicken friendly [more inside]
posted by 7life on Jun 17, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I lawn? How do I garden?

My lawn is a terrible mess of weeds, luckily in a neighborhood where almost everyone has a terrible lawn so I'm not bringing down property values. How do I fix it, preferably without pesticides? What do I need to fix? What time of year should I do things? What kinds of plants can I plant in Minnesota? How does a total newb start this stuff, especially a total newb with a busy schedule and back pain? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on May 23, 2014 - 28 answers

Instructions on the care of a domesticated fairy ring.

My family's been living in this house for about ten years, and early on I noticed we had a fairy ring on the property. When our kids were little, they loved the fairy ring and asked me to mow around it, which I've done for the past six or seven years. This year I noticed that it seemed to expand. Since I don't cut it, there's a circle of longer grass from last year inside of where the fairy ring showed up this spring, as if the ring grew a little bit larger. I also noticed a smaller fairy ring, about a quarter of the size, seemed to be growing about fifteen yards away. I guess what I'm wondering is, by not mowing over the fairy ring, are we helping it get bigger, maybe even spawning baby fairy rings? What do you know about the care, feeding, and life cycle of the domesticated fairy ring? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on May 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Problem with tree roots

Surface roots from our silver maple are making our backyard unusable. Can we do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on May 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Hope me weed-n-feed my lawn

Problem: I have a bag of weed-n-feed and it says to set my spreader at 3 1/2. My over-20-year-old broadcast spreader has settings of 22-to-32. What's the proper conversion? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on May 5, 2014 - 3 answers


Got the lawn done, now need to decide if I HAVE to buy a new irrigation timer? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 9, 2014 - 5 answers

ground cover for play structure

What's the best ground cover for underneath a small play structure we're planning on building in our backyard this spring? Any other tips for making a small backyard fun for little kids? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Feb 12, 2014 - 11 answers

What is this weed/plant that is taking over my lawn?

This weed/plant is rapidly taking over the lawn around our house in Central Ohio. Can you identify it and let me know how to go about getting rid of it? Here is a photo
posted by crosten on Sep 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me lower my monthly water bill, please.

Moving in to a new house in San Diego. Records show an average water bill of ~$175 a month. This seems exceptionally high (or is it?). Automatic lawn sprinklers and 2 adults who take quick showers. Looking for ways to lower this usage, please. [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop on Jul 24, 2013 - 40 answers

Purple ball of gooeyness

Please help me identify this strange purple ball of gooeyness I found in my lawn. It's about the size of a golf ball, has a gooey purple membrane on the outside, and upon post-dissection examination, appears to be layered with a central core. Could this be a seed of some sort?
posted by mrrisotto on Jul 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Permanent lawn games?

We are looking to install a permanent lawn game in our front yard (well hidden from street). We have basically enough room to put in a badminton court, and will likely do that. Unless we get a more awesome idea from you guys! Please share any suggestions. We are not willing to install grass for this. It will be either on hard clay soil, sand, gravel or pavers. I want to make sure I have collected any potentially awesome ideas before I put I all the work. Thanks!
posted by corn_bread on May 26, 2013 - 26 answers

My lawn! My perfect lawn! It's... under attack.

So, about a year and a half ago, we bought a house! Awesome. For the first time, I have a back yard and a front yard and a lawn and... stuff, and I don't know, maybe because I'm old and boring now, I've started to give a crap about making my lawn look nice. Something is really starting to piss me off... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 11, 2013 - 25 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

Borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties?

Hey, music geeks! Can someone please explain the recent retro-fetishization of the cassette tape? When and where did this trend begin? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 10, 2013 - 28 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

Why is my lawn sad?

Why does my lawn look like this, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Jul 17, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I deal with the groups of kids on my lawn?

Stayoffmylawnfilter: are my feelings unreasonable, here? [more inside]
posted by marylucycraft on Jun 27, 2012 - 87 answers

Plant or weed identification time.

What is this plant (or weed) growing in my back yard? It has multiple, thick stems with tiny thorns, green leaves that turn light green/reddish as the plant gets bigger, and a big root system with roots that are woody and slightly rubbery. It does not have any tendrils or flowers and left to grow, it begins to resemble a small tree. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Jun 14, 2012 - 10 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

Where is our septic system/leach field? Can we build/play on the lawn?

My wife and I have found a house and we love it, except that it's on a septic system. We don't mind that, but we're trying to find out if the septic/leach is going to make our backyard unusable or not. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Apr 23, 2012 - 13 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

String Up My String Trimmer

I need advice on loading and threading the string on a gas-powered weed-eater/string trimmer. I have owned many of them in my adult life, and either they all suck, or I'm doing something fundamentally wrong. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Apr 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Are electric mowers ready for prime time, particular on hilly terrain?

Lawnfilter: Are electric mowers ready for prime time, particular on hilly terrain? [more inside]
posted by dgran on Mar 7, 2012 - 13 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

keep your chemicals to yourself please

What can I do if my neighbor's pool leaks into my yard? (USA, VA) [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Apr 16, 2011 - 20 answers

Mow, mow, mow yer lawn

Anyone using a Weed Eater We-One riding mower? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Mar 30, 2011 - 4 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

Where can I find a landscape consultant? Does such a profession exist?

My rather large yard needs help. More inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Sep 6, 2010 - 7 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

How to put a tree in my driveway?

Yardfilter: I want to plant a tree in my driveway. Help me give it a fighting chance. (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by slab_lizard on Aug 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Smoky mower :-(

My sit on lawn mower is billowing white smoke from the exhaust. [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 17, 2010 - 7 answers

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