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Harry Anderson

Subject: Grass Seed Recommendations

I live in middle Tennessee and my lawn is exposed to direct sunlight all day. My lawn is mostly farmland leftover. Very patchy, poor, and weedy. I want a seed that will take hold and grow a really lush lawn and move the weeds and other junk out. What do you recommend as far as preparation and seed is concerned? Thanks so much.


Subject: Environmental impact of turf grass

you really should include options for xeriscaping, or using manual non turf grasses. Turf grasses require huge amounts of water to maintain and we're increasingly seeing how irresponsible that is with drought conditions in large swaths of the U.S- particularly California and even with the rains in Texas last week, Texas is still considered to have a water shortage. Further turf grass increases runoff -impacting our sewer systems especially during flood, due to its dense pack of roots close to the surface and usually the runoff is toxic to water systems because of the chemicals - fertilizers etc- people use to keep they're yards green. Promoting a green turf lawn as an ideal is a bad thing for the environment and completely unnecessary to the quality of our lives.


Subject: That doesn't answer the question and wasn't asked for

People came here looking for ideas on how to grow better lawns, not for a pompous lecture from a self-righteous enviro-fascist. Not everybody lives in a drought region or is interested in your "options." There are plenty of places in the USA where conventional lawns are desirable. For example, I have grown lawns successfully in Connecticut, Vermont, and North Carolina. And not that it is any of your business, but all of these houses were on wells, and if you know anything about wells, one must be judicious and disciplined about water usage or else be unpleasantly surprised when attempting to take a shower. Other than watering new plantings until they establish roots, I have never irrigated these lawns, and they only got watered by what the good Lord sent us down from the skies. And of course, being on wells means no dependency on municipal water utilities, and obviously zero impact on public water supplies. You have no business appointing yourself to be in charge of what we do with our yards or what is a "bad thing" or :"unnecessary."

You want to talk about irresponsible—after years of reckless spending by California politicians, the state is too broke to do anything about water management. That's irresponsible.

And don't count on anybody taking your pious "wisdom" seriously, since you can't even write right, with a faux pas such as ...people use to keep "they're" yards green....

I hope your kids enjoy playing tag or touch football amid the cactus and agave plants nestled among the rocks and gravel.

susie puffer

Subject: grass

I live in eastern NC my back yard is shady more of a mud pit what type of grass do i use. I just move in and my back yard loos bad and I have dogs

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How to Get Rid of Springtails

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There is a treatment called chlorsulfuron TFC (Tall Fescue Control) that will do this - it worked for me in western New York, but took 3 years to finish out all the tall fescue. It may now be limited to use by commercial applicators - pretty potent stuff. Can yellow bluegrass or make it phytosensitive, but our looked OK during treatment because the TFC was applied in the fall for best results, and our lawn was dormant till spring anyway.

Tall fescue can also be controlled by real short mowing, but only in areas where the bluegrass is dominant and really thrives so will eventually crowd out the trimmed fescue, but you may be too far north for that.