my front yard faces SSW and gets pummeled by the sun all summer long and
growing grass is a real pain in the butt, every year it's a struggle to keep
it green thru the months of July and August even w/ watering. i've used the
Scotts 4 step every year but i can't keep it green and it makes the house
look like snot. i've weighed the options that i can think of and i'm
leaning toward using stone fro the front. my pros and cons are too long to
list so if anyone has any thoughts or ideas, their own experiences would be
helpful and i'd appreciate it.
months where heat may drive lawn into some dormancy and additional
fertilizer could drive to futher browning.
I fertilize spring and fall only and use good stuff that only costs
about half as much as Scotts. Lawn may not look like a golf green but
requires much less maintenance.
If you live in NJ, as post suggests, you get plenty of rain and "stone
lawn" would look out of place.
What kind of grass?
it's a wide variety. i never said it was a good lawn, it has it's share of
weeds that i can't ever seem to get rid of, but i'd like to keep it green at
least. it has been a struggle for 13 years and i'm getting tired of it
always working out the same way. that's why i was looking for other
people's experience w/ stone and their thoughts.
The reason that I asked was: Perhaps you have an abundance of cool season
grass(es), which would definately give results as you have experienced,
during hot weather. Perhaps going with a more warm-season grass would do
with about 30 pounds of a tall fescue blend. Buy a 50 pounder and that will
leave you with 20 to spot seed with. The drawback is you'll be doing it in
the spring when all the weeds are going to germinate with it, but it can be
Tall fescue has a very deep root system compared to rye or blue, and with
the endorphytes it is somewhat insect resistant too. It is a little bit
prone to one disease in particular, but it more than makes up for that with
brand spanking new tall fescue lawn in one pass. (well not actually because
you should criss cross it so it doesn't look corn row when it germinates.
It has to be fairly level for best results but no muss, no fuss. You don't
have to sod strip or till first either. Big thatch can be a problem, but
that's usually seen in fine fesue planted in full sun, like a fish outta'
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