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  1. #1
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    My weekend yard project.

    I've been intentionally killing off my yard for half a year now in preparation to switch from water hungry St. Augustine grass, to something less water hungry.
    This weekend I finally removed the old dead grass, and all of the the bushes in my front yard.
    Clean slate!


    If I can figure out how to manage a 10'wx6'dx3'h compost pile, I'll have some awesome compost for the vegetable garden I'm going to get going in the back yard next year.


    For reference, this is what it looked like 6 years ago when I bought it.


    In hind sight, I wish I had hired a truckload of Mexicans to do the work.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    That's too much work for grass.

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    I bet the neighbors love it!

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    You should have went with long bladed artificial turf!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan1088 View Post
    You should have went with long bladed artificial turf!!!
    That is something I'd actually like to do, but to do it correctly I'd have to get 3-4" of soil removed, and replaced with crushed gravel.
    The synthetic grass itself is cost competitive with quality grass sod, but there is quite a bit of money in creating the base for it.
    It just isn't in the budget this year. To save money, I'm going to seed the lawn instead of sod it.
    Another consideration is that I' removed 2 trees from the front yard 3 years ago, and I still have areas that are sinking as the root systems decay.
    With real grass, I can just keep spreading dirt over the areas as they sink. Can't really do that with a synthetic lawn.

    I'm saving up to install a white metal roof. Once that is done, I'll start saving up for the synthetic lawn.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    i prefer a blend of Kentucky Bluegrass and Northern California Sinsemilla.
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    lawns are evil, just lay pavers.

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    I remember when I lived in Houston... St Augustine grass was a mess. Dont forget the chinch bugs... they eat the roots.

    We grow Fescue over here in Atlanta... it is a thin-leaf blade grass. Got a 40# bag last year and seeded the front lawn. Will do so again this Spring... should be enough to thicken the yard.

    Do the roots of that big tree on the left mess with your slab?
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    I've decided to spend some money on the grass I really want, Zeon Zoysia.http://thegrassoutlet.com/shop/zeon-zoysia/
    It can't be seeded, and is relatively expensive, so I have to decide if I want to spend $1500 for 3000 sq ft of sod to have an "instant" lawn, or spend $500 for enough sod to plug it and have a nice lawn in a couple of years.
    The up front cost is more than double most of the more common stuff, but the upkeep is fairly low, as it requires very little fertilizer, and not much water.
    The water requirements are so low, that I can skip the sprinkler system I was planning to install. It also grows fairly slow, so way less cutting, and orders of magnatude less watering than the St. Augustine I pulled out.

    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Do the roots of that big tree on the left mess with your slab?
    A Texas Live Oak growing 12' from a slab as thick as the one my house is on isn't a problem for the slab.
    A previous owner had to have some work done on the sewer pipes for the bathroom on that side though. I've been told they spent close to $20k on the repairs, which included a root barrier on most of that side of the house.
    I got a pretty good history of the house from the old man that has lived across the street since before it was built in 1966.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viceman View Post
    i prefer a blend of Kentucky Bluegrass and Northern California Sinsemilla.
    i've never heard of "sinsemilla" grass,,,at least not for a yard

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidj001 View Post
    i've never heard of "sinsemilla" grass,,,at least not for a yard

    its a quote from bull murry in caddyshack
    IV IV IX

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidj001 View Post
    i've never heard of "sinsemilla" grass,,,at least not for a yard
    Hmmm. Someone give this guy a drug test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark beiser View Post
    I've decided to spend some money on the grass I really want, Zeon Zoysia.http://thegrassoutlet.com/shop/zeon-zoysia/
    Ugh, I hate Zoysia. Like walking on a bed of tiny nails.

    Zoysia is too thick. I like a grass that I can walk barefoot in and feel the blades between my toes. I don't want to feel like I'm walking on AstroTurf.
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