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Old 04-03-2013, 01:46 PM
1QWK96GT 1QWK96GT is offline
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Complete Newb

Hello everyone. I am a complete newb when it comes to caring for a lawn. I wanna learn more. I currently live in the northern va area. The house we currently live in had a really nice yard when we moved in. Now it is kind of starting to look no so good. We have a lot of trees in the hard probably about 9 or 10 BIG ones. In the summer time we do have a lot of mosquitoes that annoy me pretty bad because close to my house there is a water run off area where alot of water sits in a wet marsh type setting drawing mosquitoes galore. Anyway to my question these trees drop a ton of leaves all over the yard in the fall and I have a heck of a time keeping up with it.(its pretty much a full time job). Well my mower broke last fall and the leaves have been laying on the grass suffocating it I assume cause underneath the grass died and it is dirt now. Also under the trees there used to be grass now it is turning into a big dirt area just like being in the woods. I think now is the time for fertilizer but all I see at my local homedepot is chicka-doo (chicken poo) fertilizer. Whats the best way to getting on the right track with making my yard look good again? Also there is a low spot in my yard where every time it rains it forms a small lake whats the best way to fill it in? Should I used a bunch of mulched leaves I have?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-03-2013, 02:24 PM
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Post some pics
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:35 PM
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will do when I get home later this evening.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:21 PM
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okay snapped some photos.


























Sorry for all the pictures. In my front yard there is a low spot where water collects what can I put in there to level it out. Its like a lake when it rains. haha
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:25 AM
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You need to improve drainage(unless that is you watertable) and learn how to keep grass in the shade... It is always good to mulch leaves into the soil with a mower, but you are correct in that 'suffocation' becomes an issue,,, so a blower for the leaves would be a quick easy way to go when they become overwhelming... I'd just blow them into the woods...
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Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:49 AM
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Sorry for all the pictures. In my front yard there is a low spot where water collects what can I put in there to level it out. Its like a lake when it rains. haha
You need to get in the habit of yearly overseeding. Forget about turf in the area of pic 3. The front yard looks to have a slight swale to prevent surface water from flowing over the driveway. Any grade changes here need to be done with extreme care or you might find yourself dealing with a bigger problem. Personally I would redo landscape to accommodate the "lake".
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