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New homeowners needs help making crappy lawn look good!

Posted by bgaviator 7 (My Page) on
Tue, May 27, 14 at 4:17

Just moved into a new house, and well, the yard looks terrible. Lots of weeds, and bare spots. Should I attempt to fix this myself, or hire a professional company? It's already hitting 90 degrees during the day here, and I notice a lot of the DIY Scotts seed products say to apply when temps are cooler than what they've been currently getting. I'm not even sure what type of grass I have....many people around my area have Bermuda grass, but I don't think that's what is here....I know someone with Bermuda grass and it's more dense and spongy like. Maybe Fescue or Zoysia? Those three seem to be most popular in my region it seems. Tell me what you think based on these pics.
Pic #1 is on a steep hill we have in the back....this area has tons of dead spots....not sure if it's from erosion, or a bug problem. I had a friend look at this pic and he said looks like bug damage.
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Here is a view of the front yard
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RE: New homeowners needs help making crappy lawn look good!

Hire a company?! NO WAY... you have a blank canvas that you can paint a masterpiece on!

Where exactly do you live?

If you have the desire to get this lawn looking right, everyone here can help you get it done!

RE: New homeowners needs help making crappy lawn look good!

Bermuda is what I think you have. Bermuda will fill in very thick if it is fertilized regularly.
I would start with a fertilizer that has metsulferon in it, that will knock out most of your weeds and get your grass going good.
Do you have an irrigation system?
I would not hire a company, with enough research and free time you can do a better job than any company.

RE: New homeowners needs help making crappy lawn look good!

I live in the northern part of Mississippi

RE: New homeowners needs help making crappy lawn look good!

I'm gonna go with botanical and say you have some over grown bermuda.

Google the "bermuda bible" and follow that.

Bermuda thrives in hot temperatures, so the warm weather will be advantageous.

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