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Thread: House Rehab

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    My problem is that it gets in everything. I have common white clover and it really becomes a pest.

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    That's funny Per. I'm always planting more of the stuff because it just doesn't thrive in our soil for more than a year. You soil must be fairly sweet down there?

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    I have patches of clover throughout my lawn. I personally like it, but I wonder if whoever might think about buying my house next would. I'd like an attractive lawn, in addition to house. Probably goes a lot further than just the house.
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    I like clover. I like the color of it and what it does for my yard. If I'm leaving one of my raised beds fallow, I'll plant clover to keep in the moisture and add nitrogen back in. Plus it's great for bees. I'm going to get a bee hive next year and I'll plant a lot more clover then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandz View Post
    Anyone have a solid cure for dollar weed? I want my change back....
    Oh man, I remember that stuff. Kill it with fire!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    Thanks Compass. I've dug pretty deep in my lawn in order to plant shrubs, trees and create a walkway. I'm fairly certain what I have is clay. I'm living in a pretty hilly location near the Shenandoah Mountains (about an hour+ east of them). Whenever I dig, I pull up red clay and a ton of rock.

    I'm not complaining about growth, though. Everything seems to grow quite nicely in clay. It's good at holding water and full of nutrients. My problem is weeds in the backyard, plus weeds and lack of growth on the very hilly side (just one of the sides, apparently that sees more sunlight). The weeds definitely outcompete the grass in some locations and I'm probably going to deweed and mow in the next day or two.

    Grass grows pretty quickly, too, which I also don't like. I'd prefer a dwarf grass that doesn't grow very tall, so I can be lazy and not have to mow every week or two. ;P I hate mowing. lol
    If you have a lot of weeds and pulling them up will leave bald spots I would recommend against pulling them up. It'll dry out those spots fast and make it harder for good grass to grow there. It takes a lot of work but what I've done in the past is takes several steps.

    1. Starting now, raise the mower blades up high. You'll get a nice cut but you leave the grass tall. This helps choke out the low growing weeds.
    2. If you can, get a mulching blade that cuts the grass up better and adds it back into the ground. It works better because it doesn't clump up as much on the top.
    3. Follow a good fertilizer schedule for your area.
    4. In the fall lay out grass seed. Don't do it in the spring because the new seeds can't compete with the established weeds.
    5. In February or early March lay out some pre emergent herbicide to cut back on weeds that pop up before your grass does.
    6. Repeat.
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    That's pretty much how I do it, but I don't use fertilizer any more. I use pelletized lime instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    If you have a lot of weeds and pulling them up will leave bald spots I would recommend against pulling them up. It'll dry out those spots fast and make it harder for good grass to grow there. It takes a lot of work but what I've done in the past is takes several steps.

    1. Starting now, raise the mower blades up high. You'll get a nice cut but you leave the grass tall. This helps choke out the low growing weeds.
    2. If you can, get a mulching blade that cuts the grass up better and adds it back into the ground. It works better because it doesn't clump up as much on the top.
    3. Follow a good fertilizer schedule for your area.
    4. In the fall lay out grass seed. Don't do it in the spring because the new seeds can't compete with the established weeds.
    5. In February or early March lay out some pre emergent herbicide to cut back on weeds that pop up before your grass does.
    6. Repeat.
    That's awesome advice. You've earned yourself a print-out for personal use. Thanks Compass. =] What do you do for weeds in your garden? Do you still pull them or spray them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus View Post
    That's pretty much how I do it, but I don't use fertilizer any more. I use pelletized lime instead.
    What does the lime do?
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    It sweetens the soil so it will release nutrients. You should have a soil test done as well. Send a sample to an Agri-University near you. My soil happens to be on the acidic side...lol..the dog pp doesn't help.

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