How Long Does Grass Seed Take to Grow?

Most grass seed starts growing in about 10-14 days but it can take as long as 30 days. Here are some tips and tricks to speed up the growth of grass seed, as well as advice on starting a new lawn.

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Lawn grass seedling growing fast, source: CSIRO

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Dog Rocks – Do They Prevent Lawn Burn?

I first heard about Dog Rocks in a Facebook Group a couple of weeks ago. Someone was looking for a solution to the urine burn marks their dog left on the lawn and Dog Rocks were suggested. At first I visualized rocks that were used to cover up the burn marks, but that is not how this product works. Instead you put the rocks in the drinking water and they absorb nitrates from the water. As one advertisement put it, “less nitrates going in means less nitrates coming out the other end,” With lower nitrates, the grass is not burned and your dog no longer creates spots on the lawn.

Normally, when I review products for the garden I try to be politically correct and bite my tongue, but not this time. This is the dumbest product I have ever come across. A small bit of logic will tell you that it has zero chance of working and I’ll explain why shortly.

Dog Rocks - Do They Prevent Lawn Burn?
Dog Rocks – Do They Prevent Lawn Burn?

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Does Lightning Make Grass Greener?

You have probably heard the story that grass is greener after a lightning storm, but is this really true?

How can lightning affect the color of your lawn? Lets shed some light on this story.

Does Lightning Make Grass Greener?
Does Lightning Make Grass Greener?

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Does Liquid Lawn Aeration Work – Liquid Soil Conditioners?

Liquid lawn aeration is starting to be promoted more both by manufacturers of liquid aeration products and some lawn maintenance companies, but does it work? How does liquid lawn aeration compare to traditional core aeration?

I am also starting to see more DIY liquid aeration mixtures being promoted on the internet. How do these compare to commercial products?

Does Liquid Lawn Aeration Work - Liquid Soil Conditioners?
Does Liquid Lawn Aeration Work – Liquid Soil Conditioners?, source: CNR Lawn Care

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Biological Liquid Dethatcher for Lawns – Do They Work?

Biological liquid dethatcher for lawns is a new category of product that makes it very easy to eliminate thatch from your lawn. You no longer need to use special thatch rakes or rent motorized dethatchers to clean up your lawn. Just buy a bottle of liquid dethatcher, mix it with water and spray on your lawn. Some products even incorporate fertilizer combining two jobs into one.

How well do these products work? Are liquid dethatchers more efficient than traditional mechanical dethatchers?

What is thatch anyway and is it a real problem?

Biological Liquid Dethatcher for Lawns - Do They Work?
Biological Liquid Dethatcher for Lawns – Do They Work?

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Fall Leaves Can Harm Your Garden

Fall leaves are a great resource of nutrients for the garden but if you use them incorrectly, they can rob your soil of nitrogen and make it difficult for plants to grow. This is especially true in a vegetable garden where you are trying to grow things quickly from seed.

In this post I discuss the decomposition of fall leaves and explain how to properly use them in the garden. In the process you might discover some interesting things about your compost pile.

Fall Leaves can Harm Your Garden
Fall Leaves Can Harm Your Garden

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15 Moss Myths Every Gardener Should Know

I love moss on rocks and trees, and even growing on the ground, provided it is in the right spot – as determined by my aesthetic sensibilities. It is not nearly as welcome in the lawn although I don’t really mind having it there. Moss in the lawn is considered by many as a big problem and this has led to a number of myths about moss.

Some people try to grow moss, but that is not as easy as it sounds. Moss is kind of strange that way; some people are constantly trying to kill it, while others are trying to grow it.

My goal for this post is to understand moss better by exploring the many moss myths.

Moss Myths Every Gardener Should Know
Moss Myths Every Gardener Should Know

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Corn Gluten Meal – Does it Work For Weeds?

Corn gluten meal is the new herbicide for lawns. The movement away from synthetic chemical herbicides has left a gap for managing lawns and researchers are scrambling to find an organic solution. One product that is showing promise is corn gluten meal. Its proponents claim that it prevents weed seed from germinating, and if seeds don’t germinate you have a weed free lawn. Sounds like a perfect solution.

There are scientific reports, both for and against the product. Anecdotal evidence from gardeners is also mixed. Does the product work? How should it be used? Are people using it correctly?

lawn and corn gluten meal
lawn and corn gluten meal

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Lawn Roller – Should You Use One?

A lawn roller is traditionally used in spring as part of regular lawn maintenance. Golf courses do it and they have great greens – so it must be good for your lawn too – right? Wrong. Don’t do it. If you own a lawn roller it is time to find another use for it.

Lawn Roller - not good for your lawn
Lawn Roller – not good for your lawn

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What Can You Compost?

Composting is the process of degrading organic matter. So any organic matter should be good for the compost bin—right? Maybe. You will find lots of lists showing you what you can and can’t compost. Are the lists correct? Why can’t you not compost everything that is organic? Let’s look at this closer.

Composting meat and cheese
Composting meat and cheese

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Dethatching Lawn Thatch

The snow has melted and it’s a tradition; dethatching your lawn. But should you be doing this to your lawn? Read on and you just might save yourself some work.

Dethatching Lawn Thatch
Lawn Thatch – about 1.5″ thick

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Soil Testing for NPK

Which fertilizer should you be adding to soil? How much fertilizer should you add? Why is my plant not growing well? These are all very common questions and a very common answer to them is; do some soil testing!

That may be the right answer, but there is much more to the story. Let’s have a look.

Soil testing for NPK
Soil testing for NPK

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