Hello everyone! My name is Lawnsome! Despite my name, my lawn is not lawnsome at all. Currently I have been deviously lurking in the darker nooks and crannies of the site for a while. Being that I am not a professional landscaper, and my knowledge landscaping is limited to the work my parents have ruthlessly commanded of me as their own personal indentured servant, I don't have much knowledge to contribute to such a sharp community. In the beginning I thought helping out with the yard work was terrible. But I had resolve, and a father who wasn't afraid to try and kick 65 yard field-goals with my backside if I tried to pull less than my own weight around the house. Now that I am older, I take pride in the house, the yard, and the way I was brought up. My parents are working full-time jobs plus overtime, and don't have much time or energy to devote to the yard anymore. So for the last two summers I have been in charge of the yard. Fumbling my way through with some ok results, but the yard can be better. I was hoping that maybe I could get some help from this site, so that I can help my parents out and pay them back a fraction of what they have done for me. The whole family is very "outdoorsy" so we live outside when we aren't busy. If I can give them a nice lawn, I think it would be a lawnsome thing of me to do. I know they would be appreciative, surprised and proud. And in short they totally deserve it. Now for the technical stuff... I have absolutely no idea what kinds of grass are growing, what kinds of weeds have been bullying their way into my lovely green life, or where to start improving our lawn. Here is the basic climate information for where I live... http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/06510?locid=06510 And today I took pictures to show you what condition the lawn is in. I hope you don't mind my sharing. This first picture below, is an overview of the majority of the front yard, and of my dog who managed to work her way into almost every single picture I tried to take for you. As you can see the grass is a bit thin, and that's about the only problem I'm having in this area. Here is the other part of the yard. This is the worst section of yard we have. A lot of broad leaf weeds and even some pretty interesting mushrooms. The soil in the neighborhoods yards seems to be pretty sandy, and I think there is excessive acid in the ground. That is what my neighbor said who takes good care of his lawn and has probably the best looking self maintained lawn in the neighborhood. He said he puts 100 pounds of lime down with a broadcast spreader to neutralize some of the acidity, twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall. Here is a close-up of the weeds decimating that area. This picture was taken on the side of the house. Several types of grass? The soil is very compact here. Some smaller weeds near the garden... The majority of the back yard... Near the recently reinstalled fence. Again this soil is very compact. The corner of the shed and fence is also getting destroyed. The other side of the yard. Newly planted grass that for the first time lived long enough to grow. In this area there used to be a huge pine tree, and we think all of the needles that fell onto this area for years has raised the acidity of the soil up so much that grass never grew there. One last overhead shot of the most problematic patch of ugly hassle! And lastly a picture of my Spanish conquistador dog for your consideration. Such a noble creature. I don't know if much can be done to help her though. I am open to all comments and I hope at the very least this has been somewhat of an enjoyable post for all of you who have made it this far. I look forward to reading your comments, and thank you for both your time and consideration!