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I've looked at this in the past. These two links are pretty general, but each has an interesting tidbit. Link 1 "If your yard has especially shady spots, you might be better off seeding those areas, since most sod is made up of sun-thirsty grass varieties." Link 2 "A prime disadvantage of sod is the limited number of grass species included in sod mixes." ...


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What about putting down sod to give the area a jump start?


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You could make a path with crushed rock or stones (maybe crushed rock in between) and surround the path with a cheaper ground cover like pine straw/mulch where you could eventually put plants. This way you allow access to where the area leads and avoid having to cover everything with the expensive stuff.


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It would help if you said where you are. However, if you're in the southern US, Saint Augustine would be a good choice. If you're in a cooler climate some types of Fescue might work for you. Another thing to consider would be a ground cover - perhaps Jasmine.


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Have you had the soil tested? I think you can find places on the web that you can send samples to.


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This depends on the type of grass and other conditions where you live. I live in Houston and have St Augustine grass. The following are common for my conditions. Take-All Patch (Root Rot) : Very bad! Not much known on how its caused. The roots just rot away and not a lot you can do about it. If you can reach down and pull a little and the rots come up, ...


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Courtesy of This Old House magazine, pour a concrete pad, carve patterns in it and paint it.


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You could make your own pavers.


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I've tried sods, divets and seeding using kikuyu (fast growing, sun loving and hardy). My experiences have been the following: Sods established quickly with lots of watering and sun but were a little disappointing in shaded areas. However, you can walk on them after a short period without causing much damage. Divets grew quickly but toke a long time to ...


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I had this problem, not terrible grass, but not perfectly green either. I finally got fed up and had new dirt brought in. So I think this a problem with a chemical imbalance in the soil, not all fertilizers have everything your grass needs. I can look into his further, but I would start by asking the local home depot grass guru, they know the specifics on ...


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If it's not totally dead you can try to water it back to health. You should at the very least try this first. Grass is normally pretty hardy and it might survive if you clear the soil of fertilizer. If it's dead and gone soak the area a few times to try and wash out most of the fertilizer and put some patch seed down. This is the stuff that has the fibers ...


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I have found that trying to plant grass in a struggling area is a lost cause. I have gone with mulch and hostas anymore, or ground cover.


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I had a similar issue in my back yard (the whole thing). It was just weeds. I killed all the weeds with a dose or two of Roundup and had the entire 7000+ sqft tilled up. I then raked it flat and seeded most of it. It now has less weeds than my front lawn which received sod prior to moving in. This was new construction, and the sod was part of the package. ...


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Ask your septic designer for advice. My septic designer knows a lot about local soils, local climate, and local foliage. He also knows about my specific septic system, and how it would be affected by tilling, ammendments, etc.


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I know that Centipede and St. Augustine do not like lime. I have controlled Centipede in my Fescue using extra lime in the area. I don't know how Bermuda tolerates lime but it may be worth experimenting before resulting to killing everything.


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I've heard of using asphalt shingles as a barrier between grass and flower beds (just dig a trench and bury a line of shingles, may not be pretty but it's effective) and that should stop any more grass from spreading but as for the existing grass you may be forced to either use RoundUp or chop it out and re-seed. I'm not sure of any chemical or other control ...



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