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  • dxmnkd316
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    Have you considered hiring it out?

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  • Swansong
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    I have a small yard. I haven't aerated it yet (tough to justify the money on a machine) and I'm a bit nervous to use one anyway with the installed irrigation system. Although I could just put flags up and avoid them. Perhaps this fall.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post
    You can't kill it with herbicides? This summer has been brutal on my yard. It rained all of april and may and then hasn't really rained since. My irrigation system is the only thing keeping it remotely green.

    I have to spray it with herbicide about once a month as well, just to clear the stupid broadleaf garbage (the field violets, various garbage grasses, and the bamboo that some wretched ****bag introduced many years ago). This weekend I'm going to put down some weed n feed, as I sprayed last week and don't need to do that again. It's so frustrating because I actually sprayed a pre-emergent this spring (some expensive one that everyone says is the best).
    Not sure how big your yard is, but honestly, if you aerate and overseed well, that will help discourage weeds and lead to less poison needed. Takes some time but I’ve seen a huge difference in 3 years in my yard

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by walrus View Post

    Just what we need, more Roundup spread around so we can have 100% of the folks in the US with traces of Round up in their urine instead of just 80%
    Citation needed.

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  • Swansong
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    Originally posted by walrus View Post

    Just what we need, more Roundup spread around so we can have 100% of the folks in the US with traces of Round up in their urine instead of just 80%
    In for a penny, in for a pound?

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  • walrus
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post
    You can't kill it with herbicides? This summer has been brutal on my yard. It rained all of april and may and then hasn't really rained since. My irrigation system is the only thing keeping it remotely green.

    I have to spray it with herbicide about once a month as well, just to clear the stupid broadleaf garbage (the field violets, various garbage grasses, and the bamboo that some wretched ****bag introduced many years ago). This weekend I'm going to put down some weed n feed, as I sprayed last week and don't need to do that again. It's so frustrating because I actually sprayed a pre-emergent this spring (some expensive one that everyone says is the best).
    Just what we need, more Roundup spread around so we can have 100% of the folks in the US with traces of Round up in their urine instead of just 80%

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  • RaceBoarder
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    Originally posted by unofan View Post

    Depends on Minnesota's law. In Iowa you wouldn't have to because normal gardening activities are exempt. But that's not true everywhere.

    It's a free service, though, so if in doubt it's never a bad idea to call.
    That's how the Utility Marking stuff works here in the Chicago area... It's no cost and they openly push you to call any time you dig.

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  • unofan
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    ****ing quack grass. I don’t want to use round up so I need to dig it all out. 12 inches out from any, and six inches deep needs to be removed.

    I don’t need to call 811 for that depth, do I? What would be buried less than 6 inches? Cable and telecom are above ground because that’s just the dumb ****ing way this part of Edina is
    Depends on Minnesota's law. In Iowa you wouldn't have to because normal gardening activities are exempt. But that's not true everywhere.

    It's a free service, though, so if in doubt it's never a bad idea to call.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Quack grass, like DGF Said, is almost impossible to get rid of short of scorched earth or roundup.

    We've been thinking of doing more and more clover and landscaping as certain patches of grass die. I've had to water maybe twice this year. Backyard just once.
    Honestly I may have left this to grow if it was clover or something that looked ok. Quack grass sucks. So, can expand a garden by digging this **** out and heading to Gertens

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  • state of hockey
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post

    No. But I’m not replacing it with grass. Gonna plant some native pollinators. Good excuse to get rid of grass
    Also, Edina can't ***** about it. :^)

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Quack grass, like DGF Said, is almost impossible to get rid of short of scorched earth or roundup.

    We've been thinking of doing more and more clover and landscaping as certain patches of grass die. I've had to water maybe twice this year. Backyard just once.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    I could use Round up. That’s it. No thanks. Broadleaf weed control won’t work

    And yeah I consulted with a few experts on this.

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  • Swansong
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    You can't kill it with herbicides? This summer has been brutal on my yard. It rained all of april and may and then hasn't really rained since. My irrigation system is the only thing keeping it remotely green.

    I have to spray it with herbicide about once a month as well, just to clear the stupid broadleaf garbage (the field violets, various garbage grasses, and the bamboo that some wretched ****bag introduced many years ago). This weekend I'm going to put down some weed n feed, as I sprayed last week and don't need to do that again. It's so frustrating because I actually sprayed a pre-emergent this spring (some expensive one that everyone says is the best).

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post
    > quack grass

    TIL. Apparently you can eat it during famine, so let it grow. Lawns are so Boomer.
    No. But I’m not replacing it with grass. Gonna plant some native pollinators. Good excuse to get rid of grass

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  • burd
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post
    Lawns are so Boomer.
    While desert sand and rocks are biblical.

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