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Old 06-22-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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Now that my garden is thriving I've turned to my lawn. I live on the south facing side of a mountain and it's like living under a giant magnifying glass. Hot all day, no shade until dusk, unrelenting sun. Until now I've put very little focus on the lawn, however we would like to have a birthday party in July for our daughter and it's rather embarrassing to have a fried up lawn. So I'm looking for tips. I'm open to just about anything, fertilizing, seeding etc. probably not sod due to cost. As of now I have been watering lightly in the morning and evening for about a week. What else should I do? I want a beautiful lawn, help!



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Old 06-22-2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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Re: Rejuvenate my lawn!

Is this a high traffic area? I think living in CA I wouldn't want to pour tons of cash into trying to force grass to live where it isn't growing well. How about some alternatives? Maybe iceplant? It's a beautiful succulent that grows and spreads well on hillsides.

Here's a link to someone that has it growing in their front yard, low maintenance and bonus, pretty flowers!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinlabar/499259146/

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Old 06-22-2012, 11:39 PM   #3
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That's really lovely. I think it serves as ground cover all over my neighborhood. It is a space that I would like to spend more time in so I'm looking at getting grass that the kids can play on. The neighbors have grass, so I know it isn't impossible.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:16 AM   #4
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Re: Rejuvenate my lawn!

It really looks like many patches around our property where the top-soil was removed to level the property. If this is the case, it really needs some soil rejuvinating! We had to start bringing up soil from the back area of our property where the seasional creek overflows. it's rich soil and compost. We have also added fertiliser and nitrogen. Some seed here and there and it's working. It just takes time. We are on the highest point of the cumberland plateau and I understand the sun cooking everything! We have the same problem. It has taken us a full year to come this far!
Here is the whole album with all the pics. It's also my garden album though and you would need to scroll down. It's come a LONG way! It was so bad when we moved in a year ago, we had to lay boxes down because the melting snow caused sludge. We kept getting stuck, falling, it was just awefull!
http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f256/sarahannecloud9/garden%20spring%202012/?start=all
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