hey pete and all, since you were discussing lawn stuff and showing before and after pics, thought i'd chime in with my little lawn experiment....<br><br>from the before pics, you can see it was a HUGE mess. when we bought the house last August, one of the first things we did was cut down an old and droopy pine tree. the big circle of dirt on the right is the remains of that.<br><br>then, to start this spring, we had our driveway and front porch redone, so we had mixers and trucks pull up on the lawn.<br><br>i learned that in addition to the clay-ey soil we have, the pine needles from the tree threw off the ph balance of my soil and had to be fixed.<br><br>i was going to wipe and redo the lawn, if ever it needed to be done, now was the time, but i had such a busy spring, that renting a rototiller just didnt fit, and besides, everyone says the fall is the best time for that.<br><br>so my wife and i decided to wing it and have fun and see what we could do this spring and revisit it in the the fall.<br><br>we bought a broad spreader, lime, seeds, 3 40lb bags of soil and fertalizer. we also wheel barreled off about 2 inches of dirt that was by where the pine tree was.<br><br>the before pic is May 7th, just after work was completed.<br>the after pic is last weekend, May 30th.<br><br>Before:<br><br><br>After:<br><br><br>
Loc: United States
Eh, that's a Photoshop job. <br><br>Seriously, though, that's good work- I've been toiling away on my own lawn for the last month- my wife is actually worried about me a little bit since I'm constantly out there...<br><br>I'd post pics, but I forgot to take any shots 'before' all my hard work.<br><br>I was actually *really* annoyed last week in regards to the lawn, though- I was putting my Scotts 'Step 2' fertilizer on the ground, and I had defiantly done it a few hours before it was *supposed* to start raining hard. Although, let me preface this by saying the weather forecast had called for rain the previous 2 days straight and we got nada. I got cocky, and of course about 3 hours after I laid down the Scotts here came the thunder, lightning, and torrential rains. <br><br>Ugh. Scotts was really helpful, though- I called their 1-800 number, and the rep told me to just re-apply some Ortho weed killer, as that's part of the 'Step 2' mix that would lose its effectiveness - what with the rain washing it off.<br><br>Yesterday, my wife and I finally gave up hope of getting a blacktop guy out to our house to re-do the driveway this summer, so we basically dug up the whole right side and re-planted grass seed mixed in with some 'lawn soil'. Have to water twice a day until the seedlings emerge, and then once a day until the area is fully grown! <br><br>Yeesh - all this so I'll have more to mow later on!<br><br>Back in Black...
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