JOHN ALLIN!!!

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by SlimJim Z71, Dec 19, 2000.

  1. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sorry, this has absolutely NOTHING to do with plowing. My wife and I bought our first house a year-and-a-half ago. The lawn was in pretty bad shape when we bought it. I've fertilized, bought a new mower (Craftsman mulcher/bagger/discharge), and I water it regularly... except when there 20-inches of snow sitting in my yard. I'm thinking it may benefit from aerating it. Should I do it in the spring, summer, fall? Also, it's seems like I have a few different types of grass. Is there any way to even it all out? Thanks in advance. I'm sorta new to the whole "Homeowner" thing.

    -Tim
     
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    Aerating would be good for your lawn. I'll aerate it if you put on a remote starter for me. :)
     
  3. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hmmm......


    -Tim
     
  4. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Tim,
    This thread belongs on the Commercial Lawn Forum or actually the Residential Forum which is even further down the list. They're right below the snowplowing forum & you will get plenty of good help at those forums also. I know it is blasphemous to recommend a different forum than this sacred one. Just don't mention the Crapsman mower while on the commercial forum, it really riles up a few of those guys ;)
     
  5. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yup. Take it to the residential lawn forum. I'll get in trouble if I go into detail here - and you should know... I'm not the "expert" in lawn care that I am at snowplowing. There's guys over in that forum that are wayyyyy smarter than I am at lawns.

    Although, I'm flattered that you might think me all knowing and all seeing in different industries too.

    Thanks.
     
  6. Deere John

    Deere John LawnSite Senior Member
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    Slimbo Jimbo: I profess to know very little about lawns, however, ours looked crappy (too?) about 6 years ago. I drove all over it with my backhoe while I invested a bunch that year in deeper topsoil, proper grading and some "Kentucky" Bluegrass sod. I have received nothing but compliments since, and it has been really easy to maintain without a bunch of fertilizer or water. Wife and dog are happy.

    Before I get rained upon for talking about grass in the white forum, I did have the winter cutting edge on the backhoe the whole time!

    Besides, this is, when you think about it, a fair Question of SJ. We snow nuts normally think of winter all summer. We should be allowed a minor slip to summer during the winter, prior to being cast to the lions.

    [Edited by Deere John on 12-20-2000 at 07:51 PM]
     
  7. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know I should've asked in the "other" forum, but I knew that a few of you do landscaping as well. As far as the Crapsman mower, it was all I could afford, and just for my lawn, I don't do landscaping.

    -Tim
     
  8. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    I moved this from the Snow Plowing Forum to here.

    Most lawns in Illinois are a blend of fescues and blue grass. A good way to thicken your lawn is to aerate it and overseed it.
     
  9. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Tim,
    The Crapsman is fine for what you are using it for. I was making a joke that would kind of be like our ongoing Western, Boss, Meyer, Fisher Snowway et al battles & I didn't want the lawn guys harrassing you about that ;)
    Aerating the lawn is a great idea. It helps to alleviate compacted soil and helps to allow nutrients and water to get into the root zone. Definitely overseed the lawn after you aerate it to help thicken up the lawn. To answer the other ?, many lawns are grown with blends of seed types. The main reason for this is that the certain types have characteristics that make them better or worse than others for different locations & conditions. For example some are better in sunny areas while others thrive in shaded areas, some are more drought tolerant than others, some are resistant to certain diseases etc. So if you have a blend of grasses and a disease attacks one of the varieties it is possible to still have a green lawn even though that one variety is suffering. I would take Eric's trade, but while he's there make sure you get him to analyze your lawn & get suggestions from him to improve it. Good luck.

    PS Most lawn guys get into snow plowing as a necessary evil that goes with the biz. JA got into lawns as a necessary evil of his snow biz probably, so he doesn't pay attention to that side of the biz and he can't help you with this one ;) (Just kidding, in case one of you didn't know)
     
  10. curlawngreen

    curlawngreen Banned
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    Take Erics trade. Take before and after pics and let us see the results.While your at it take a soil sample to the ag center.
     

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