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jasonw
12-23-2010, 02:08 PM
This last year I had the best lawn in the neighborhood. People would walk past and compliment it, I loved it but WFT happened to it? We only had 2 days where it dropped below freezing here. Any suggestions?
Here is the back lawn
http://www.foothillherps.com/images/back%20lawn.JPG
And here is the front
http://www.foothillherps.com/images/front%20lawn.JPG

Steve
12-24-2010, 02:08 PM
I don't know how the climate in your area effects the lawns but is it possible it is dormant due to temperature?

jasonw
12-25-2010, 07:27 AM
I don't think so. I don't know why my lawn would turn brown and my neighbors stay green?

TheGoat
01-15-2011, 02:41 PM
I don't think so. I don't know why my lawn would turn brown and my neighbors stay green?

Dunno about the lawn, check to see if there is a master gardener at the County extension office that could help.

perhaps, if you fertilized late might have prompted growth that reduced the plants temperature resistance, perhaps you watered too much and caused a shallow root system that cannot pick up what it needs now that the weather turned and you are watering less?

too many variables to tell from a pic alone.

Checked out your lawn service (http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=10414635217491956595&q=hungry+goat+lawn+service&hl=en&ved=0CGsQ-QswAA&sa=X&ei=W8gxTcnlJo_wowTlktHOCg) website though.

I like the theme but you need to change your title name, that red on green is a nightmare to read, next to impossible. bump up the font size too and play around with colors, try something in the green palate that can be read against the background. play with fonts too.

picframer
01-15-2011, 03:45 PM
The lawns we look after with our Organic products stayed a deep green right into Christmas as we hadn't had a snow fall but many nights of very cold temps, it's great marketing and I receive a lot of interesting feedback.

What have you done with the lawn, have you had the soil tested by the state and have you checked for insects?

jasonw
01-17-2011, 10:19 AM
The lawns we look after with our Organic products stayed a deep green right into Christmas as we hadn't had a snow fall but many nights of very cold temps, it's great marketing and I receive a lot of interesting feedback.

What have you done with the lawn, have you had the soil tested by the state and have you checked for insects?

I have done nothing to it. Just put the seed down and watered it. I am sure a good bit of it by now is weed and not lawn anymore. I really want it to look nice again though because it looks very bad doing this for a living and having a lawn like that. I just cant figure it out.

mark123
01-17-2011, 10:43 AM
I don't think so. I don't know why my lawn would turn brown and my neighbors stay green?
Perhaps a different species of grass. Here are the lawns across the street from me:
http://images.imaginekitty.com/zoysiagrass.jpg
The house on the left has mostly zoysia grass on the one side of their steps. Looks sort of similar to your situation.

The Cleaning Doctor
01-17-2011, 12:35 PM
It sounds to me like this would be an ideal candidate for getting into the organic lawn business also with the nature's lawn products. Get the book that Andy recommended a while back "Building a healthy lawn" by Stuart Franklin. It is an old book but very well written and short.

You may have shallow root system that froze? dig out a plug and see how deep the roots go.

The before and after pics would be amazing for your web site if you did this.

mark123
01-17-2011, 01:28 PM
It sounds to me like this would be an ideal candidate for getting into the organic lawn business also with the nature's lawn products. ...
If the lawn is merely dormant that won't do much. ;)

The Cleaning Doctor
01-17-2011, 01:53 PM
If you look at the pics, the lawn looks to be mostly weeds that are green and a very thin lawn at best. No it will not help a dormant lawn but there is more than a dormant lawn happening there.

jasonw
01-19-2011, 09:59 PM
I moved into the house in 2008, The front yard was all dirt, I turned on the sprinklers and mowed the weeds. Last winter it all died off, I planted seed a few times this year and fertilized appropriately, I dont know what kind of fertilizer I used as its in the shop right now but it came recommended for our area from the local ACE. I used a spreader for both the seeding and fertilizing. Below is a picture of it earlier in the year.
http://www.foothillherps.com/images/lawngrass.JPG
I know that chances are its mostly weeds but it looked damn good before it all started turning brown. Is there anything I can do to it now ASAP to start making for a better healthier lawn that will live through the seasons? It rarely drops below freezing here, maybe only a week out of the year, we are below the snow line and have only gotten snow that didn't really stick 2 times over the past ten years.