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Birds pecking at lawn - insects?

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]
posted by primethyme on Oct 24, 2016 - 13 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No good to touch the green, green grass at home . . .

How can I kill the grass currently growing in our backyard? We live in the Northeast, and we have a small (15' x 40'?) patch of lawn in our backyard. I'd like to kill all the grass there, and replace it with thyme as a groundcover. I've already found a source for the groundcover. [more inside]
posted by deejay jaydee on Oct 10, 2007 - 19 answers

My First Yard! (tm)

After years of renting apartments, I have moved up in the world: I am now renting a house. Strangely, the house comes with small organic green things projecting from the ground. Having never been responsible for a lawn before, I don't really know what to do with it. I also have two, I don't know, shrubs (I think). One is low growing, thick, with branches that kind of double as rhizomes, and one might be a juniper. As you can see, I'm pretty clueless. What do I need to know/what must I do/what must I buy to take good care of my lawn and it's various planty inhabitants? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Mar 31, 2007 - 17 answers

I hate mowing. I love moss.

Lawn alternatives! Has anyone here tried replacing their high-maintenance grass lawn with an alternative lawn? I've read about some of the no-mow lawn grass types, and I understand other people simply let the moss and clover grow. Have you seen a lawn like this? How did you like it? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Aug 7, 2006 - 28 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

How do I get rid of weeds in a newly seeded lawn?

I recently seeded a new lawn, about 50x150 feet, in buffalo grass seed. the entire thing is now sprouting in bindweed. is there anything I can do to get rid of bindweed without killing the seedlings? I have been hand pulling them, but it takes approximately 20 hours each weekend. I'm open to any suggestions. thanks!
posted by pamohearn on Jul 27, 2005 - 4 answers

When and how often should I water my lawn?

In in New Jersey. How often should I be watering my lawn, and what time of the day should I do it? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Jul 27, 2005 - 9 answers

What kind of places have lots of grass and therefore, lots of grass to mow?

I'm looking for places that have a lot of grass. I'm doing a research project on commercial lawnmowers and I need to find places that use a lot of them. Golf courses are an obvious start, but where else do you see a lot of big lawnmowers? In particular, where are they most obnoxious/loud?
posted by rorycberger on Jul 2, 2004 - 14 answers

Mowing When Wet?

Doesn't it seem like I always have a question about my house or lawn? Well, here's another one: My Gladys-Cravitz neighbor just called to tell me that the guy who mows our lawn mowed it the other day when it was WET. Can you imagine the horror? Could anything actually result from mowing a wet lawn, other than clogged mower blades?
posted by LittleMissCranky on Jun 28, 2004 - 6 answers

my lawn is too long - help me

What do you do when the lawn gets so long your mower can't possibly cut through it?
posted by TurkishGolds on May 28, 2004 - 29 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

Houston Lawn Problems

Oh, my lawn, my beautiful lawn. . .could anyone help me with a problem lawn in Houston? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky on Feb 3, 2004 - 5 answers

One Man Went to Mow...

I've decided to bite the bullet and start mowing my own .25 acre lawn. There lies the rub, as I'm a small woman with not much in the way of upper-body strength. Riding mowers are out because they won't pay back the original investment (I'd have to install a storage shed). I've been looking at mowers for some time, but haven't really been able to get much in the way of "um, but will I be able to maneuver this thing?" advice. Any suggestions? If it helps, I can afford to invest about $600 (what I pay to have the lawn mowed in the first place...).
posted by thomas j wise on Jan 19, 2004 - 24 answers

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