Philosophy of a Dead Lawn  

rm_d0ughb0y35 50M
16 posts
6/18/2005 8:18 pm

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Philosophy of a Dead Lawn

This evening I sat on the bench in front of my house, and gazed out at my dead lawn. Well, it's not entirely dead, just splotches all over it, but those are basically scorched-earth.

It wasn't always like this. Up until a month ago, my lawn was nice, and healthy and green. But there were weeds. Dandelions, mostly, but some other things mixed in there as well.

Now I had spoken to the lawn guy about it, and he said that it wasn't a big deal - I should just wait a few weeks, and they would be done - but I didn't like these big leafy things all over the place. So of course, I didn't listen to the lawn guy. Nope, see, I'm somewhat of an experiential learner. I like to get my hands on things (ladies - take note... ), so I went to the local Home Depot and started picking out weed killer. After looking at several brands, I decided that the best one seemed to be Round-Up, so I bought a few bottles and proceeded to use it on my poor, unsuspecting front lawn.

What I didn't really understand was that Round-Up is not so much a weed killer, as a defoliant. Pretty much anything it touches, dies.

At first, it was just a little wilting... then some of the grass around where the weeds were started turning a bit yellow. After two weeks, as it said on the bottle, I was basically at bare-earth.

Since then, I've tried tilling, reseeding, Turf Builder... nothing seems to help. I now have, by far, the ugliest lawn in the neighborhood. I'm going to try pouring topsoil down over the entire damned thing this week, and hope for the best.

Anyway, so as I said, I was sitting out looking at my lawn, wondering what this particular experience could teach me about life - beyond lawncare. I came to a conclusion. Sometimes, if you don't know what you're doing, you can destroy the very things you're trying to help. I think this is true with friendships, marriages, children, jobs... You just have to tread carefully in life, and do the best you can to learn from the wisdom of others.

LustGoddess2469 50F  
2453 posts
6/18/2005 8:38 pm

Or, you could try reading the instructions. LOL

Sorry to hear about your bad lawn day. Don't worry, it will grow back eventually.


itsallfun1957 59M

6/18/2005 8:47 pm

Sorry about your lawn, but good philosophy on a life lesson. By the way, what is the 1/2 life on the Round-Up? Will it keep killing the grass seed for a period of time till it's effects have dissipated? Have you talked with your county extension agent or local agriculture service through an University for some tips? Good luck.>>>itsallfun1957

Tony5014 51M
17 posts
6/18/2005 9:12 pm

Give it a month and it should be fine. Did you use a total vegitation killer or a selective weed killer. Did you mix the weed killer too strong? I have had great luck with Ortho Weed be gone. Mix with water at doulbe what it says on the package and spray only the weeds. Within 8-12 hours the weeds are looking sad. If it rains or it does work on the first time. Do another spraying in a couple days.

Ana_6973 43F

6/18/2005 9:44 pm

Weed killer is bad. Very Very Bad! My parents never killed their dandelions but our neighbors did and constantly complained that we didn't. Then we had a drought. Guess whose lawn still looked healthy while everyone else's was brown and icky?
Besides, dandylions are fun. Kids love them.

~~"I can scream as loud as your last one, but I can't claim innocence."~~

man4nooners1 46M
155 posts
6/18/2005 10:48 pm

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the chemicals for the lawn. Most products don't discern between the obvious weeds you seek to remove, and species of grass which you might want to keep around. Many "weeds" really fill out a lawn in climates where constant watering isn't really an option. Is your next step sodding?

rm_d0ughb0y35 50M
16 posts
6/19/2005 6:38 pm

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. In answer:

1. You know what they say... If at first you don't succeed, look at the manual. If that doesn't help, read it.

2. According the label, you're supposed to be able to reseed after only a couple of days. Don't know why it isn't working for me.

3. Oh, I used the total veg kill mixture. We're talking Agent Orange in a bottle! But it's the pre-mixed stuff, with the squirt gun attached. My problem was probable twofold: I think I used too much, and I shouldn't have been using it on my lawn.

4. Like I said... the lawn guy did tell me so. He even mentioned it to my wife last week. He said, "I told him to leave them alone. Now look what he's done."

5. I'm hoping not to have to shell out for the sod. A friend with a pickup is going to fill it with topsoil, and we're going to spread it over the top of the lawn and re-seed it. Then we'll put on the Turf Builder on top of that, and probably put some hay out to keep the moisture in. We'll also water it like crazy.

Thanks again...

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