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Time To Take Care of The Lawn With An Eco-Lawn

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Last week, alongside my husband, I embarked on bringing our outdoor spaces back to life. We had yet to do anything to those areas besides cutting the grass each week for the past two years. 

Boy, oh boy, everything has gone to seed!

Our little Louie, the Yorkshire Terrier we adopted last year, has been a significant factor in the lawn damage happening in the backyard. 

For his small size, it's incredible to see the vast amount of bold spots he has given the lawn. We're trying to fix that problem by re-seeding the backyard with an Eco-Lawn. I'll explain more about this later in the post.

For now, let me show you the problems we were dealing with, and further down, you can check the progress we have made so far.

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These boxwood bushes were badly beaten by snow storms this past winter. They needed to go.

The ones on the right side of the walkway going to the main entrance door were in the same situation.
These bushes by the windows are overgrown and look quite sad.

 Other problems in the front yard:

  • Thin, patchy grass
  • Peeling paint on the foundation
  • Dirty steps
  • Rust marks on steps


Cleaning the flower beds
Bold spots all around the yard!! 

There you can see Louie's path. :/


Bushes on each side of the walkway were removed.

Those overgrown bushes by the windows gotta wait until we get some more energy! :D Maybe next weekend.
  • On the right side where the bushes were removed, grass seed was spread on.
  • The lawn was given the Turf Builder treatment w/ crabgrass preventer.
  • Regular seeds on the front lawn will be added in a couple of weeks.

In the backyard, where the lawn had the most damage or bold spots, we decided to go a different route with an Eco-lawn, more about it in a minute.
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First, the mister applied the started fertilizer, which is the product that gives the grass seed the nutrients it needs to germinate and grow quickly.
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He then, spread the Eco-Turf Mix here in the backyard.
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As per the recommendation of my BIL, we're giving the Eco-lawn a try with the R&R Eco-Turf Mix (aka Rough & Ready) with drought-tolerant grasses, and Microclover is an earth-friendly, sustainable lawn. A mix that holds up well to wear - perfect for kids, pets, and high-traffic areas. Low maintenance and low input requirements.

R&R is more shade tolerant than many other alternatives. Once established, this mix requires little supplemental irrigation or fertilizer and tolerates acidic and shady sites.

Hopefully, this will be the solution to the damage that Louie imprints on our lawn. Time will tell. I'll give you a report about this new lawn in a year.

More about this type of Eco-Lawn, right HERE.

Cleaning and feeding the lawn is almost done.  I'm heading to Atlanta for the Home Depot ProSpective Tool Review Program today.  I'll be sharing snippets of the program over Instagram.

I'll be back to work on the yard by the end of the week. Those final bushes need to go, and I need to plant new ones.

Stay tuned!

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