|12-16-2012 12:22 AM|
See can be tricky, seed grows best when lightly watered a couple of times a day, think moist.
Plugs may be an option, I have filled in some pretty big bare areas with plugs during growing season and with watering they spread out pretty quick.
|12-15-2012 11:55 PM|
Get some estimates from a sprinkler company, they should know how to set it up so that you have equal zones depending on your water pressure.
Also, you could treat your place like a farm/ranch (not sure how big it is) and cross fence. Of our 2.3 acres, probably 1.5 is fenced and that is cross-fenced, so the dogs can be in one side, the other side or both depending. It works out pretty well.
|12-15-2012 10:44 PM|
Lol, Freestep! The goats are a great idea! They could trim the weeds, and I could train the dogs in herding!
I don't have to have a beautiful yard, I'd just like some grass! I'm telling you the yard is awful. It's literally almost all weeds. That's why I haven't called my lawn guy in cause I'd just be paying him to trim the weeds. Lol.
I wish I could afford to just do the fake grass. No cutting or watering! That would be awesome.
|12-15-2012 10:04 PM|
Do what I did: get a couple of goats and let them go to town on the weeds in your yard. Pretty soon your yard will be completely bare except maybe for some short grass, and at that point, you can move the goats out of the yard and landscape however you want.
I have found, however, that you can either have dogs OR beautiful landscaping... but I am sure some people have better luck in that regard than I do.
|12-15-2012 09:59 PM|
I don't have a sprinkler system, since I can't manage problems with it on my own. I have 4X4 posts with PVC pipe and osscilating sprinklers on the top and threaded bottoms. I just schlep hoses around to them and even with a large yard, I only need 5 sprinklers and two hoses. Sure, I do water daily, but only two sprinklers at a time for two hours. I have a well system, so it's no cost but to run the pump.
we have big "flower" beds and some grass. Scarlett does a fairly consistent run and there are some bald spots in the grass. If I just put up some sort of diversion, she will alter her course and the grass can recover. I hate to say it, but it's a regular part of lawn maintenance for us.
If you want a fab yard, you'll have to walk your dogs multiple times during the day...otherwise, build some diversion fences (snow fencing attached to inverted T braces workse great) and move the path around.
Elegant people have neither children or dogs...just sayin'. I have both and I think we are awesome.
|12-15-2012 09:41 PM|
|marshies||I'll be following this thread. Pup has basically destroyed the backyard at our house with playing and pottying. I want to see how other people are keeping backyards and maybe start something next summer. I'm two steps short of fake grass|
|12-15-2012 09:31 PM|
Thanks, everyone! Not sure why, but I haven't gotten any notifications on this thread,so I didn't think anyone had even seen it. We have very humid, moist weather here and winters are usually just a lot of rain.
I would love to have a sprinkler system, but have no idea how to install that either! I guess I have a lot of research to do! I would love to make some sort of dog run, and I know it would help keep the dogs off the area I'm trying to fix! Had one pre-built at my other place and it was great.
|12-15-2012 08:53 PM|
You can get some great, locale-specific tips from your local county extension office. They have oodles of printed information available and sometimes will make site-visits.
I have 2.3 acres and we have a very, very dry climate so I've had to "micro-climate" plan, moving out from the house as I go. Most of our place is "wild" with native grass, trees and shrubs, but I've planned smaller "pods" of space, if you will, so that I can A) manage the changes to make sure that the first more fragile seasons work and B) don't make so many changes, that I change my mind about what I'm doing.
So I guess my best advice is to sit down and make a sketch of your place and existing features, including water source sites, septic and well if applicable, trees, house, garage, driveway, any utility easements, water/power/etc. lines if you know them and then plan from there how you think you want to do things.
You should be able to rent most types of equipment--especially those that you won't use a lot, like a roto-tiller etc.
With dogs, I'd create a blocked off area for either them or the section "under construction" so that it has a chance to take hold.
Drip irrigation works fabulously for trees and shrubs, but I'd agree that you may want to have a sprinkler system installed.
For questions on when you should seed, and what species (grass,shrubs and trees) you should contact County Extension or a couple of local and well-respected nurseries.
|12-15-2012 08:46 PM|
|Nigel||I agree with Miss Molly May or you can til, hand weed, and sod. It's quicker, but its more expensive. Having the dogs use the area while you are trying to reclaim lawn will be difficult, especially starting with seed, so sod may be the better way to go. Again with dogs, I would avoid chemical use of any kind, regardless of some claims that it will become inert after x-amount of days. If you want to spray some problem weeds, use vinegar, but not after you seed/sod, it will kill grass too. I'm not sure what your watering needs are, but you may want to think about an irrigation system before hand, its not difficult and makes keeping your lawn green that much easier.|
|12-15-2012 07:14 PM|
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