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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would an intensive campaign of spot weeding be beneficial to you and just put up with the brown patches until it is cleared?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've dealt with the coarse grass that grows in clumps here and there by slashing deeply into it with an old kitchen knife (quite therapeutic!). This seems to kill it off. I don't mind the buttercups clover and daisies.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I see, the only real solution is Astroturf? And sell the mower.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tagwex wrote:
..turn the ground over. Mix seed in with sand and fill in the gaps.... Spray all the existing if you want to but the fabric will kill it all anyway. The grass once thickened up will suppress the weeds....she bought some weedkiller and sprayed the lot thinking that the product does exactly what it says on the tin!!!!!


Greengage wrote:
...Spray it off with MCPA it is a selective weed killer which will not effect the grass, feed it, then aerate it in Autumn add some sand ask the local golf club where they get their stuff for top dressin greens , feed again in autumn with something low in Nitrogen or none, keep cutting it every 10 days at about 50 mm high,


Hey guys! so i had been taking all the advice mentioned here over the last few weeks! I've been (unsuccessfully) looking for farmer co-ops to get the selective MCPA weedkiller... How would i go about finding one of these guys? I'm out in Tallaght / Ballymun. Is it expensive? Is it likely to kill off what i have? (even a good chunk of it would do!) ...

Also bought a roll of weed fabric, fertilizer (gave it a little feed), and have been trying to cut every 10 days.

And yea i didn't think of the weed and feed, originally meant just dressing with compost & maybe sand.
So would a good series of actions be:
1.Spray with MCPA
2. Feed (with Weed n Feed?)
4. Intensive spot weeding of what's left.
3. Aerate again (with pitchfork)
5. Add some seed and sand (how much sand are we talking? seed first then sand or other way around?)
6. Fertilise / aerate again in autumn

7. if all this fails, cover with weed control fabric & sand, and seed?
8.DONT SPRAY MY PLANTS WITH WEEDKILLER :p

Thanks for all the advice so far guys.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good guy wrote:
I've dealt with the coarse grass that grows in clumps here and there by slashing deeply into it with an old kitchen knife (quite therapeutic!). This seems to kill it off. I don't mind the buttercups clover and daisies.


HA, make sure to do it at 2am for extra effect. Do you stab at an angle to try cut the roots? or straight down?
The longer grass actually looks quite healthy, think its the other grass that is weak.

Blowin wrote:
From what I see, the only real solution is Astroturf? And sell the mower.


Man, i would think you were joking if you weren't so correct! Someone had suggested the fake grass before i started, but i thought he was being a little cookey. DIdn't realise it was a legit option, although looking at the prices, it is a bit insane! Especially now i've already sunk so much time and money into this.
(actually, not a TONNE of money, but enough considering my budget!)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I slash at an angle while reciting the national anthem backwards. That works best😉
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over winter, the lawn does not grow much, but once the weather warms up in early spring, you can start mowing, and this is also a good time to over-seed any areas damaged over winter.
Lawn care treatments:
1.Mowing
2.Killing moss
3.Feeding
4.Over-seeding
5.Watering
6.Looking after new lawns
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