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  • Slap Shot
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    I'd also recommend at least an occasional mulching and as such then at least every other year a de-thatching.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post
    I have... but haven't been able to convince the ol' lady that it's worth the cost. Yet.
    I think there are two things worth doing every year
    1. Fall application of fertilizer (Get the generic brands. I use Menard's and it works great.)
    2. Hiring out core aeration in the fall (this is a new one for me since my lawn has become so compacted w/ clay. If you don't have a severely compacted yard, you can probably make this an activity performed every other year or less).

    This is my favorite resource for lawns:
    https://extension.umn.edu/yard-and-g...-care-calendar

    YMMV, but I suspect Rutgers' and/or Penn State's extension program is an excellent resource for the northeast. I have read articles from both over the years and they seem to match a lot of the guidance Minnesota's Extension program does, save for a few details that are specific to each region. I'd generally recommend any of the Big Ten's Extension programs. They're all major research institutions and do a hell of a lot of cooperative work on these topics.

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  • Swansong
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    I have... but haven't been able to convince the ol' lady that it's worth the cost. Yet.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Yeah I just have someone do it for me as I have no interest in doing that

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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
    Fucking 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 fucking 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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