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Are there any guys on here that are obsessed with lawn care? I’m new to this and would like to get some tips. 

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I'm certainly not obsessed, but I do have to work on mine all the time.

May can give you some pointers?

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6 hours ago, thefuzz said:

I'm certainly not obsessed, but I do have to work on mine all the time.

May can give you some pointers?

Finally bought my first house. Don’t have a big land. But .40 acres seem decent enough. I just threw some Milo last week. Haven’t seen much change. What’s been good for you? 

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11 hours ago, MMA said:

Finally bought my first house. Don’t have a big land. But .40 acres seem decent enough. I just threw some Milo last week. Haven’t seen much change. What’s been good for you? 

Where are you located, and what type of shade, grass, and problems are you having?

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Just now, thefuzz said:

Where are you located, and what type of shade, grass, and problems are you having?

I don’t have any trees at all. Live in a subdivision. Slight shad on the side from the neighbor’s house. Not sure what type of grass I have. Seems like a couple different types. I just spray some weed killers last month. A bunch of them. Also have a bunch of clovers that I don’t want. A couple bare spots. 

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19 minutes ago, MMA said:

I don’t have any trees at all. Live in a subdivision. Slight shad on the side from the neighbor’s house. Not sure what type of grass I have. Seems like a couple different types. I just spray some weed killers last month. A bunch of them. Also have a bunch of clovers that I don’t want. A couple bare spots. 

You will need to find out what type of grass you have, the very best way to get some really cheap help is to take some of your samples to your local extension.

https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/local-county-center/

Take in some soil samples (they may make you send them off these days, it's been a while), take in some samples of your grasses, and the weeds.....I would immediately stop throwing down fertilizer and weed killer until you know what you are up against.

You have irrigation?  If not, buy a good water hose, a good sprinkler, and a timer that you can set at your spigot.

But first, see who you are fighting.

 

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18 minutes ago, thefuzz said:

You will need to find out what type of grass you have, the very best way to get some really cheap help is to take some of your samples to your local extension.

https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/local-county-center/

Take in some soil samples (they may make you send them off these days, it's been a while), take in some samples of your grasses, and the weeds.....I would immediately stop throwing down fertilizer and weed killer until you know what you are up against.

You have irrigation?  If not, buy a good water hose, a good sprinkler, and a timer that you can set at your spigot.

But first, see who you are fighting.

 

I have two impact sprinkler. No irrigation. Are you good with grass? I can send you some pictures of the type of grass I have

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9 minutes ago, MMA said:

I have two impact sprinkler. No irrigation. Are you good with grass? I can send you some pictures of the type of grass I have

I know the Eastern NC grasses pretty well, but not much about the Western part of the state.

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16 minutes ago, thefuzz said:

I know the Eastern NC grasses pretty well, but not much about the Western part of the state.

I’m in Lincoln co

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1 minute ago, MMA said:

I’m in Lincoln co

https://lincoln.ces.ncsu.edu/

I promise you, the very best thing that I can offer is to reach out to these guys as soon as they open up, they will give you a TON of info, explain it, and it's usually free...maybe the soil samples cost a couple dollars?  I can't recall.

You will need to treat your soil and the growth if I had to guess.  Here in the far Eastern part of the state, especially Wilmington, keeping grass somewhat looking good is a chore, it's literally nonstop due to the soil.  You will have a much easier task, but you will need to do it right to get rolling correctly.  If you just continue to throw "box store" stuff at it like weed and feed, you will never get it right.

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2 minutes ago, thefuzz said:

https://lincoln.ces.ncsu.edu/

I promise you, the very best thing that I can offer is to reach out to these guys as soon as they open up, they will give you a TON of info, explain it, and it's usually free...maybe the soil samples cost a couple dollars?  I can't recall.

You will need to treat your soil and the growth if I had to guess.  Here in the far Eastern part of the state, especially Wilmington, keeping grass somewhat looking good is a chore, it's literally nonstop due to the soil.  You will have a much easier task, but you will need to do it right to get rolling correctly.  If you just continue to throw "box store" stuff at it like weed and feed, you will never get it right.

Thanks for the help

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4 minutes ago, MMA said:

Thanks for the help

I will offer you a little help until you can make it to the extension.

Cut your grass/weeds more often than most around you....just the tips.  Most grasses get thicker the more often you cut them.  I cut a touch higher than most, but in tough areas, mow at least twice a week during the growing months.

Hit it with water early in the morning, not at night or during the heat of the day.  Get one of these to help you stay on top of it.

https://www.amazon.com/Orbit-62061Z-Single-Programmable-1-Valve/dp/B004INGS8S/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=1Z354MCPE586A&dchild=1&keywords=water+hose+timer&qid=1586878758&sprefix=water+hose+%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyVktZMEc2UFM4TjhaJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMzY4MzgxMkRXMjZLVEZUQjRVUSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMDAzNzM2MVdZMlFYWFhCUUhPUSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

Don't put anything else on the yard until you know what you are up against, you could be making is worse.

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How do I get rid of moles?  Destroying my yard which looks terrible now.

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14 minutes ago, Shocker said:

How do I get rid of moles?  Destroying my yard which looks terrible now.

Ask @thefuzz

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12 hours ago, Shocker said:

How do I get rid of moles?  Destroying my yard which looks terrible now.

Easiest way I have found is to get rid of their food source....worms, grubs, etc....

You can use Bifen Granules spread on your yard and watered in, over time this will either kill or force the worms and grubs to another yard (someone else's problem), and the moles will follow.

You can also trap/kill them with mole traps, but I have found them to be hit or miss with my size yard.  Poison worms, water, all kinds of stuff out there, but granules put out on a regular schedule seems to work best.

That said, you will be killing worms and grubs, and they can do good stuff for your yard, but IMO, moles are way worse.

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