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Old 09-18-2012, 03:22 PM
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I love a nice lawn, so what I'd do quickly...if it's still growing season in your area is, mow it/weed whack where the mower won't reach.... water it well (1-1/2 to 2 hours or so) and then when it grows out again...about 3 days or so, put down some weed and feed. Be sure to follow the directions. The leaves of the weeds need to be present to take in the weed killer. When you mow, they probably will get cut off and the weed killer won't do anything. Or you can weed and feed first, then wait about 3 days I think, then mow, then water. You need a broadcast spreader though. Maybe you can borrow one if you don't have it. It will get it greened up and weeds will die. If the weather has cooled down too much and weeds are not growing anymore.

If you don't want to use weed and feed, you can use Weed b gone. Let it dry completely, fertilize with Turf Builder and water. In about 3-4 weeks, (depending on climate) you can fertilize again with a slow release/winter fertilizer and it will come back nicer in spring. It's really not that hard to maintain a nice lawn. Depending on how big your lawn is, it might not cost as much as you think.

If you don't care about having a green, lush, weed-free lawn, just weed whack and/or mow to get the weeds cut down. But I'd hit 'em with some Weed b gone first, let it soak in, dry, then cut. Then at least those ones won't come right back. They have a funny way of growing very fast if you don't get them under control.

Grass will generally come back when it's been "dead" looking with water and food. Dog pee, unfortunately, really does a number on it. Those spots, I scratch out with a small hand rake and replant because I don't want those brown areas to create thatch build-up. When you mix dog pee and fertilizer, you're giving the grass too much nitrogen and it can burn it. I try to water the spots where the dogs pee right after they pee. But of course, I miss some.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:33 PM
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We start getting snow in October, and it's already starting to get chilly, so I suppose the growing season is probably almost over. And "spring" isn't until May or June, in which we might still get snow. But we leave in March anyway.

I picked up an extension cord, scissor pruny thingers, some gloves (in which a random dog cookie was shoved), and a water hose for the dead/dormant grass. Ran me about $70, which was well within budget. I had eye stuff here, already. Chem Lab ended up being useful for something!

I can tell which is dead and which is dormant. The majority of it is dormant. We had some dead spots before the heat got to it, and Zander's acrid pee didn't help with that, obviously. The only green spots are Onion Grass and something sorta similar...but flat blades instead of round. Crabgrass?

I'll hit the weeds with vinegar and salt around the fence line and pull the ones in the middle of the yard. Then water this evening and Jin can finish up with the weed wacker tomorrow when he gets home. Hopefully it'll all be enough.

I LIKE lawn stuff. But this summer has just sucked for time, rain, and this is our first "real" yard, so no supplies on hand. And the buggers are expensive.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:53 PM
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By the way, I found there were two types of fluffy weeds out there. One with spikey thorny stems and ones without.

The ones with the spikey thorny stems sprayed me when I went to remove them. I hope that doesn't mean they are poisonous. Because it got my face pretty good.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:02 PM
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Technically you have until the first frost to get grass seed down, and to do a good job of killing weeds too. It's prime time to spray weeds to kill them because they are sending energy down to the roots in prep to go dormant for the winter. I'm in a hurry to finish some stuff in my yard because I have a feeling we're going to get a frost later this week, argh. X_X

I have no idea what kind of weed that might be that would spray you, but gross.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:08 PM
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the spikey thorny ones are most likely bull thistle but maybe sow thistle, both require a constant fight to keep down w/o mowing. need a better description or pic to know what the other one is.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:20 PM
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I'll try snapping a pic of them. There's something else out there that looks familiar too, and I can't place it.

I sort of thought it might be thistle? It seems odd for thistle, though. After a google search I found this, and it's much closer to what is out there, only waaaay larger. The blooms are just as big as my hand. Fluffier too, not as dense. The entire plant is easily 2-3 feet tall.

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Old 09-18-2012, 05:37 PM
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Probably most effective to dig those out by the roots. They're usually really tough...those kinds of thistle things. If you get your grass healthy next year, watered, well fed, that tends to inhibit weeds. Yeah...you can plant grass seed if you need more in the fall...best time to plant it. But, if you have a lot of thick thatch, it will have a hard time being healthy. You might want to aerate it first.

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