Need Lawn Help... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

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Need Lawn Help... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

Post by BanzRhi » Tue, 12 May 1998 04:00:00



I got drafted by mom to dig up and plant a new lawn for my sister... my lazy
sister... her good for nothing husband and her 7 spoiled kids are not willing
to help... If I don't do it my 70 year old mother will... so here I am... and I
need some advice...

I been working the last two days trying to dig up the old lawn armed with only
a shovel... is there a machine or something I can rent to do this for me? the
lawn is basically weeds and crabgrass and measures about 18' X 23' wth 3 trees
in the middle... I need advice on what tools I really need and steps and
techniques to get me through this without breaking my back... it's already
aching... ouch!

Please Email me at

thanks!
B Rhino

 
 
 

Need Lawn Help... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

Post by Rob Chesebrou » Tue, 12 May 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>I been working the last two days trying to dig up the old lawn armed with only
>a shovel... is there a machine or something I can rent to do this for me? the
>lawn is basically weeds and crabgrass and measures about 18' X 23' wth 3 trees
>in the middle... I need advice on what tools I really need and steps and
>techniques to get me through this without breaking my back... it's already
>aching... ouch!

My advice, and it will probably be met with opposition, bury it.  You
could rent a tiller, till the lawn, rake out the remaining clumps of
grass and level it.  My option, order a truck load of loam, bury the
existing lawn with at least three inches of new topsoil and reseed.
Doesn't that sound easier?

Replace "nospam" with "cheese" for e-mail replies.

 
 
 

Need Lawn Help... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

Post by Chris Owen » Tue, 12 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> I got drafted by mom to dig up and plant a new lawn for my sister... my lazy
> sister... her good for nothing husband and her 7 spoiled kids are not willing
> to help... If I don't do it my 70 year old mother will... so here I am... and I
> need some advice...

My deepest sympathies on your family problems.

Quote:

> I been working the last two days trying to dig up the old lawn armed with only
> a shovel... is there a machine or something I can rent to do this for me? the
> lawn is basically weeds and crabgrass and measures about 18' X 23' wth 3 trees
> in the middle... I need advice on what tools I really need and steps and
> techniques to get me through this without breaking my back... it's already
> aching... ouch!

What you need is a big tiller.  You can rent one from most rental supply places
that carry Garden tools.  Good luck.

Chris Owens

 
 
 

Need Lawn Help... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

Post by MsAlai » Tue, 12 May 1998 04:00:00


A sod cutter is the most efficient way to remove the sod. But, if it's mostly
weeds, maybe the other gardener's suggestion of a tiller is best.

Quote:

>> I got drafted by mom to dig up and plant a new lawn for my sister... my
>lazy
>> sister... her good for nothing husband and her 7 spoiled kids are not
>willing
>> to help... If I don't do it my 70 year old mother will... so here I am...
>and I
>> need some advice...

>My deepest sympathies on your family problems.

>> I been working the last two days trying to dig up the old lawn armed with
>only
>> a shovel... is there a machine or something I can rent to do this for me?
>the
>> lawn is basically weeds and crabgrass and measures about 18' X 23' wth 3
>trees
>> in the middle... I need advice on what tools I really need and steps and
>> techniques to get me through this without breaking my back... it's already
>> aching... ouch!

>What you need is a big tiller.  You can rent one from most rental supply
>places
>that carry garden tools.  Good luck.

>Chris Owens

Alaiyo Barnes
Zone 7
Southern Maryland
 
 
 

Need Lawn Help... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

Post by MktgMa » Wed, 13 May 1998 04:00:00


I agree with the previous post but would use a herbicide to kill the weeds and
grass before covering it. You ensure a complete kill that way.

You could rent a sod *** machine from a rental place. Not sure how it
would work on your land as I have only used this on healthy established lawns
that the owner wanted to take up and plant a garden, install a pond, etc.

Good luck.

 
 
 

Need Lawn Help... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

Post by Jim Adam » Thu, 14 May 1998 04:00:00




I got drafted by mom to dig up and plant a new lawn for my sister... my
lazy
sister... her good for nothing husband and her 7 spoiled kids are not
willing
to help... If I don't do it my 70 year old mother will... so here I am...
and I
need some advice...

I been working the last two days trying to dig up the old lawn armed with
only
a shovel... is there a machine or something I can rent to do this for me?
the
lawn is basically weeds and crabgrass and measures about 18' X 23' wth 3
trees
in the middle... I need advice on what tools I really need and steps and
techniques to get me through this without breaking my back... it's already
aching... ouch!

Please Email me at

thanks!
B Rhino

You can rent a sod stripping machine that ought to strip your 400 or so
square feet in several hours.  However, working with a machine or by hand,
you are not likely to dig deep enough to defeat deep-rooted weeds.

If you are not opposed to chemicals, you can kill the existing "lawn" with
a quick-breakdown herbicide such as Roundup. Then start over.

A third option - if there is significant grass worth saving - is to tell
momma and sister to chill out.  Hire a lawn fertilizing company. By the
selective use of chemicals, they'll build up the good stuff while
eliminating the bad.  Any outfit worth its salt will work a minor miracle
in a single season.

To work this miracle yourself - with such things as weed and feed - is a
long-term proposition at best.  You need a fertilizer applicator's license
to buy really powerful stuff.

Jim Adams
Adams Mowing
Toledo Ohio