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    July
    6
    2007


    tips to grow grass from seed, fast
    Over the past 11 years that we’ve owned our home, we’ve made several failed attempts to fill a lot of bald spots in the yard. This year, me and my new green thumb have finally got it all figured out.

    The grass pictured above is seed that I put down Sunday, July 1st. We saw growth in just 4 days, folks. Now that’s fast. This is day 5, and it’s over an inch long. I know you’re all just dying to know my secret, right? Well just pretend you are, because I’m going to tell you anyway.

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    The dirt in the bare spot needs to be raked over, just a bit – I didn’t go very deep, maybe just 1/4 or 1/2 inch. I spread a nice layer of Miracle-Gro potting soil (the moisture control is good, too) over the area – then put down some generic fast growing grass seed – unless you want the special stuff, that will probably grow quickly too, but you can always seed the good stuff in the fall. Over the grass seed, spread a nice thin layer of Miracle-Gro again, then keep it really well saturated. Water in the morning and at night, and any time you notice the Miracle-Gro has dried out.

    We had a torrential rainfall on Tuesday night that washed much of the Miracle-Grow and seed both in a pile at the end of the area that I seeded. I gently raked it, spreading it back to its original spot, and added more soil and a little more seed, then drenched it all again. It’s all filling in and I’m excited to see so many bare patches filling in with bright green grass!

    And there you have it. Now go, sow some grass. Your bare summer feet will be very happy, because baby grass is very soft, and it tickles.

    UPDATE April 19, 2009

    I’d like to show you before and after photos of this area of our yard.

    BEFORE:
    mound of dirt
    AFTER:
    Note: We added a privacy fence, and neighbor cut down all of their trees,
    added a room and a door on the side of the garage.
    Taken on overcast day.

    grow grass fast landscaping Leanne Wildermuth

     

    The first photo was taken in 2004, just after we’d had a room addition put on the house and were left with a huge mound of dirt. We left the mound for several years and planted on it, using it as part of the landscape. In July 2007, we transplanted everything and leveled the mound, and started growing grass. The summer of 2008 it was patchy and young, still filling in. Now, April 2009, you can see it’s thick and lush and very, very green.

    Stop back and let me know how well this works for you – and share your before & after photos!

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    {53 Comments}

    1
    bitsy parker said,

    I can’t believe you have had almost 10,000 comments on your website (banner at the top of your page). That’s amazing. I’m fairly new, and I thought 50 comments was magnificent. How long have you been blogging?

    7.6.2007 @ 8:32 pm
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    Giddy Tiger said,

    And I especially love the smell of grass after being freshly mowed. I’ll keep this in mind when I move to a house in future! :D

    7.7.2007 @ 10:42 am
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    i came back to see if the lawn has grown, looks about the same to me…. hehe

    7.7.2007 @ 1:30 pm
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    Carmi said,

    Your entry is extremely timely, as I was staring at a couple of bald spots on our lawn today and wondering what I should do about them. Thanks so much!

    (And good to e-see you again. I’ve been super-busy because of an insane work schedule – I finally quit my old job last month – and as a result have been a really bad blog reader of late. I’m slowly starting to get back to my fave reads.)

    7.7.2007 @ 10:25 pm
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    olivia said,

    :D i have a question can i start this process in now…? or do i wait for the summer? can u please email me thanks so much..

    3.24.2008 @ 3:21 pm
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    Leanne said,

    Hi Olivia – You should find out what zone your in and plant as you would any spring seeds. :)

    3.24.2008 @ 3:30 pm
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    kaia said,

    : :thanku: your info made it so i could take a :chill: pill.

    3.25.2008 @ 4:49 pm
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    Amy said,

    Hi Leanne,

    I do NOT have a green thumb unfortunately so I’m browsing the website for some tips and wanted to see if you can help me with my problem. :)

    I live in an apartment with a dog and in my balcony, there is a small rectangle area in the concrete that has been filled with dirt when I moved in. I thought it’d be perfect to put grass there to make it look nice and allow my dog to use it as well. I’ve tried putting sod in it, but it keeps on dying on me. Should I toss the dirt out (there’s some weird stuff in it) and replace it or what? Should I just put some kind of fertilizer on top of the dirt and plant some seeds or try again with sod? This area also doesn’t get much sun so that may be a problem but I’ve read that you some grasses can thrive in shade. Any advice would be great!

    6.26.2008 @ 3:46 pm
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    Shawn said,

    Cool, I’m going to give it a shot this afternoon! :thumbsup:

    11.9.2008 @ 5:59 pm
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    4.19.2009 @ 12:57 pm
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    tony said,

    :thumbsup: I would like to know if I was to use cheesecloth over the seed would the birds get to it as much, ? because I have LOTS of birds here and chicken’s. what do you think?

    4.23.2009 @ 3:50 pm
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    Shelly M said,

    Ok did anyone else notice that these two pictures are not the same. For example the house next door in not the same house. Look at the roof on the house. They are two different shapes. The windows on the house are laid out different. And the picture with the grass has a sliding glass door! HUMMM

    5.1.2009 @ 3:47 pm
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    Leanne said,

    Shelly,

    That’s my house, and my yard. This is my blog you’re commenting on, and I wrote the post and took the photos – so I’m not sure who you’re talking to when you ask if “anyone else” notices.

    My neighbor had a room addition. I’ve obviously made several improvements, as well, including a privacy fence, since my neighbor seems to want to move right on over into my yard. ;)

    5.1.2009 @ 3:58 pm
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    stacey said,

    hello,
    i put grass down last year and it has gown in some area’s put not in some.
    will i have to start from scrach and dig up the hole area again??

    5.2.2009 @ 6:44 am
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    Leanne said,

    Stacey,

    If you’ve only got small bare spots, I would just take a handheld cultivator (the claw) and seed that area.

    5.2.2009 @ 7:03 am
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    kurt said,

    those pics arent the same place the house next door is different

    5.6.2009 @ 8:40 am
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    Leanne said,

    Kurt, I mentioned that several years have passed between photos. I also mentioned in a previous comment that I’d undergone several improvements, and my neighbor had a room addition.

    Seriously. Comparing my before and after pics? It’s my yard. Like I have a reason to be deceptive. Grow grass if you want, or don’t. I’m just sharing how I did it.

    5.6.2009 @ 8:49 am
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    Ed said,

    Okay! I was just wondering has it taken 5 years to grow this yard? Would have it been cheaper to just lay down sod? Nice yard though!

    5.7.2009 @ 1:07 pm
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    Leanne said,

    Ed, perhaps you missed this part:

    The first photo was taken in 2004, just after we’d had a room addition put on the house and were left with a huge mound of dirt. We left the mound for several years and planted on it, using it as part of the landscape. In July 2007, we transplanted everything and leveled the mound, and started growing grass. The summer of 2008 it was patchy and young, still filling in. Now, April 2009, you can see it’s thick and lush and very, very green.

    So, to answer your question, no. July 2007 is when I first put seed down, summer of 2008 (last year) was really dry so none of our grass really looked well, it was dormant for much of the summer, but looked pretty mature by fall when it cooled off. This spring, April 2009, it emerged thick and lush.

    Thank you, we’re quite proud of our yard, definitely more so than if we had just put sod in.

    5.7.2009 @ 1:21 pm
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    tony said,

    Sorry but the trees are not the same, nore is the house across the street

    5.7.2009 @ 11:45 pm
    21
    tony said,

    :no: :jawdrop: i am sorry to say that. now on the other hand I know tghat you did grow grass because you did help me with my sometime back I just will not tell you who this is. but Yes you do know me and I know you

    5.7.2009 @ 11:50 pm
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    Leanne said,

    LOL – Tony, I mentioned that. Sorry you missed it.

    (Have a peek right above the “After” photo!)

    5.8.2009 @ 6:50 am
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    6.4.2009 @ 3:40 pm
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    Becky said,

    What’s up with the crazies saying this is a different house? Seriously that’s comical. Both pictures were taken from the EXACT same spot (kinda eerily so, I think we need to talk about that). Hey skeptics, check the big tree you can see over the roof of the neighbor’s house even though it has an addition!!! Same tree! Whatever… not worth it, right? :brickwall:

    Anyhow, I wanted to ask how long you have to keep baby grass on a watering schedule? Obviously we’re getting plenty of rain at this point, but the hot weather is coming (right? RIGHT?!!) and I don’t want to kill it if it needs to be watered all summer on the first season. You know I have lots of new grass and live in a town with strict watering restrictions.

    Thanks much!!

    7.8.2009 @ 9:01 am
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    Leanne said,

    Funny, isn’t it?

    It depends on the seed, I think. I would water daily, just moisten the soil really until the grass appears. Then check the soil, make sure it’s shaded, and throw a mist over it every other evening at dusk. In my experience, once the grass has filled in enough that it needs to be cut, I let the rain take care of it (unless there’s a drought, then water on watering days).

    Also, I’d ask Brent. :friends:

    7.8.2009 @ 9:07 am
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    JLB said,

    All you naysayers:I saw a similar post on another blog and it showed the same results in two weeks time. Unfortunately, I cannot locate it but glad I happened upon here. I do note one difference…the other blog’s poster mixed the seed with potting soil and then put it down as opposed to a layer of potting soil, a layer of seeds, and then another layer of potting soil. I think I like the sound of this one simply because there seems to be more protection and faster growth although this could be based on the products used, soil condition, weather, etc. I like the idea of the “seed sandwich”. Thank you for posting this. Also, thinking of it as a potting soil/seed sandwich makes it easier to remember the steps. The potting soil is the bread and the seeds are the filling, peanut butter, ham, etc. ….you get my drift. Try it before you say it’s bogus. What’s the worse that can happen? you actually grow some grass? AW MAN!!! THAT’s TERRIBLE!!!!! LOL!!!!!!

    10.22.2009 @ 11:46 am
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    Tracey said,

    :dance: This is great information. I wonder if it will work on a large scale.
    My front yard has some grass right along the front of the house, but the rest of the front yard is just chickweek and crab grass. I guess I’ll have to break down and use pesticides on that to kill it before I put the grass in. :(
    My back yard only has a few clumps of grass here and there. Not a pretty site. I’ve been spreading rabbit manure all over my backyard, hoping to make it a nice sandy lome. I really want to make both my front and back yard green with grass. I will try your method on my front yard, and just add grass seed to my back yard and see which does better. I’ll take pictures of before and after and see IF I can even get grass to grow.
    Thanks for the information. This I will try!

    2.8.2010 @ 10:27 am
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    Mark said,

    my whole front lawn is all dead grass and i want to revive it. How should I start ?

    3.21.2010 @ 1:43 pm
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    Leanne said,

    Mark — I’d start by dethatching and aerating, then dropping some seed in that’s good for your area. You can hire a lawn company to do this for you – it might be worth it to save you equipment/seed expenses.

    3.25.2010 @ 4:19 pm
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    Tammy said,

    Thanks for all the wonderful info!!! I have severe issues with my lawn but I hope you can help me =). I live in Florida and my sprinklers went out for 2 months a few years ago and the majority of my grass turned to weeds. Now, I have killed the bugs and weeds and I’m left with very ugly bald spots. What should I do? Thanks so much!

    5.7.2010 @ 12:49 pm
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    Leanne said,

    Hi Tammy,

    I have treated spots the same way as large areas with success. Cultivate the ground in the bald spot with miracle grow, sprinkle some seed on, a bit more miracle grow, and keep wet until it starts to grow and fill in.

    Good luck!

    5.7.2010 @ 3:18 pm
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    Peggy in Memphis said,

    Hi there. . . I’m so glad I found this. We just had
    a very large tree pruned in our front yard – actually
    they guy butchered the tree. He left NO leaves, just
    a skeleton of a tree. But before that, the ground
    underneath was not growing grass. The tree’s roots
    are showing. Now that the tree is bare and the yard
    is exposed for everyone to see – we live on a corner lot -
    our yard looks terrible. Under the tree it is just BARE!
    Can I send you a picture?

    5.10.2010 @ 4:07 pm
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    lee holsen said,

    These instructions do not work, or at the very least; they do not work in Houston.

    I bought what you said and followed the plans. One week later, all I have is wet grass seeds in potting soil.

    Maybe this works in other areas of the states, but it doesnt work in Houston.

    Anyone near Houston, I would advise you to just do a small area like I did and wait before spending any real effort.

    8.14.2010 @ 1:18 pm
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    Leanne said,

    Lee – I’m curious – how often did you water? “Wet grass seeds in potting soil” sounds like oversaturation – is that a possibility?

    I am in Illinois, so there is a difference as far as humidity goes.

    Sorry to hear that it didn’t work for you!

    8.16.2010 @ 7:20 am
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    colleen said,

    to keep the seed from washing away when it rains or when you water sprinkle a light layer of hay on top. this will also keep the birds away from stealing your seed

    5.30.2011 @ 3:23 pm
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    BEBE said,

    IT WORKS! I WAS TOLD I COULDN’T GROW GRASS BECAUSE IT WAS SUMMER AND I LIVE IN AN AREA WITH TOO MANY PINE TREES AND I FOUND YOUR POST AND THOUGHT I WOULD TRY THIS AS A LAST RESORT AND IT’S WORKING….IT’S BEEN 2 DAYS AND I AM SEEING GROWTH! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

    6.14.2011 @ 2:07 pm
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    Leanne said,

    Awesome! I just posted a photo to my fan page on Facebook today, put seed out on Saturday and have visible grass today, 3 days!

    6.14.2011 @ 4:11 pm
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    kristy said,

    I got grass missing in my yard i tried everything it is under a shady tree i planted grass and it died i used mirical grow and watered it when i was suppose to any ideas on what i can do it looks nasty all brown and dry. I also have mole holes in my yard i went to mow the grass and i gotten my ankle stuck in the hole how can i fix that problem as well with out using exsplosives my husband wanted to us a m 80 to stick down the hole but i told him i want my yard in tact.

    And one more question when i mow my yard does it matter if i miss a few strips of grass when i mow or will that look bad for the grass when everything else is mowed. please let me know thanks a bunch

    7.30.2011 @ 1:40 pm
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    Alex said,

    :doh: Hold it Hold it ! The Piktures Are Different Fkn Leanne this aint ur house ho3 :tick: There different pikture see both of the piktures carefully >:( Amm I riqht?

    8.16.2011 @ 4:55 pm
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    Leanne said,

    Alex,

    Not only are you incorrect, but you also failed to read the entire conversation (in which a few others came to the same erroneous conclusion). You could have saved yourself the trouble of sharing your complete disregard for the English language. Sorry about that.

    8.16.2011 @ 5:00 pm
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    amber said,

    We just moved into our brand new house a week ago. It’s beautiful, well with the exception of the mud pit that is our yard! It is nearly december and we are having oddly warm weather. Any tips on how I may be able to jump start my grass? Also, many of my neighbors have commented that their grass has grown in patchy. Any way to prevent that?
    Thanks!

    11.29.2011 @ 1:32 pm
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    Lina said,

    My whole yard is a complete wreck, I have crab grass & a huge bald patch in the center where the previous owner had a “doughboy” pool. I’m super anxious to start repairing the grass but it gets pretty darn chilly in the morning with frost until about 8-9 (although the sun comes out in the afternoon). I’m curious if it’s okay to start growing seed at this time of year (in Sacramento, CA) or what season would be best. I’m a complete rookie when it comes to gardening of any sort… THANKS!

    1.17.2012 @ 8:14 am
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    angie said,

    I am in Arizona, but i am definately going to give this a try. Our front yard grew grass all on its own..but the backyard…thats another story, dirt, dirt, dirt.. i am so hoping for it to grow.because we want an above ground pool this summer…but without the mud lol :thumbsup:

    3.14.2012 @ 8:36 pm
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    Brian said,

    :thanku: I have been thinking about doing the same thing and figured I would check online and see if anyone else had tried. Great to see that it works and I will definitely be fixing a few patches this week.

    3.20.2012 @ 9:20 am
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    uzair ahmad said,

    i am planning to replant my ugly, emty(almost) lawn this week.your blog helped me alot

    4.6.2012 @ 12:55 pm
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    Laird said,

    I call BS. The tree’s removed and the privacy fence are believable. But it’s convenient how you didn’t mention Your neighbors addition on the back of their home or the fact that their roof line has completely changed. Nice try…

    4.13.2012 @ 11:38 am
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    Leanne said,

    Laird,

    I am very sorry that you didn’t read my post in its entirety. Please see the text in italics beneath the word “AFTER” (right above the “AFTER” photo.) And you are welcome to google cache it if you think I just added it. So funny how some people think I’m BSing, I have no reason to. I just went out to the back yard and took a couple of photos. One before, and one after. Simple as that. It’s my yard. My website. My blog. I have no reason to lie. Neighbor took pretty much all of their trees down, added a room to their house, a flood light and a door to annoy the crap out of us while we sleep. We planted stuff, relocated it, changed it since I took the photo, even. Grow grass, don’t grow grass. I did, that’s how I did it, and there you go. Have a great day!

    4.16.2012 @ 11:01 am
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    Roger said,

    Leanne,
    Good post, I’m going to try your method since it makes alot of sense. Too bad some folks with lack of attention to detail add frustration to your blog. Ignore them, hopefully they’ll go away.

    5.12.2012 @ 7:10 pm
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    her said,

    I came across this site searching for a lawn cure.
    thank god i found this one. after reading all the negative comments I tried this and let me tell you it works,it a cheap way to grow grass from seed fast. Was having a problem getting grass to grow on clay soil tried something else before this wasted all that money. Tried this 2 weeks ago and let me tell yall, seen germination in 10 days and now grass is 2-3 inches high in 2 weeks. People want to know how did i get grass to grow because they knew nothing for years would grow there. all i can say is WOOW thanks thanks thanks

    5.20.2012 @ 6:04 pm
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    susan said,

    Never in my life have i ever seen so many ignprant people!! You clearly came to this blog to get tips on how to grow grass same as i did !!!! if you read the blog it clearly states that the pictures where taken in different years… is it beyong your comprehension that people do home remodeling?? if you notice the house on the left which would be her house has the same shape and same gutters it looks like the house maybe have a difference in color but that could be shade or camera issues… point is you came here for tips on how to grow grass not pic apart every change the neighbor made to her house stop being disrepectful j/o and grow up!! If you dont like what you see go to another web site… imagine that!”

    5.29.2012 @ 10:37 pm
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    schrodinger said,

    Whee! I just planted some grass seed on July 4– the hot part of our Texas summer– and our soil is the heavy black gumbo clay that’s prevalent all over North Texas. I started with a surface that was virtually concrete, so hard that I couldn’t even jam a screwdriver down more than 1/4″. Even a rototiller would just bounce along the surface, it was that hard. I had to water , till it by hand with a tilling fork, water some more, till some more, mix in a lot of compost and fertilizer, then level it all off. Meanwhile, I had to apply for a variance from the city so I could water more than just twice a week on certain assigned days. Once that was approved, I laid out the seed and a bit more fertilizer… watered a couple of times every day as the soil surface started to get dry… and today is Day 4 (the seeding day being Day 0). I now have the beginnings of growth, like the first appearance of a beard on a teenage boy. :greenthumb: Oh, I know that I’ll probably have to overseed again in the fall to catch the inevitable thin spots. But considering that I had literally ZERO grass in that area, and what kind of soil and deep shade I had to work with, plus the hot Texas summer weather, among other things, I’m quite pleased with how things are progressing so far. I only wish that I could have simply done the Miracle-Gro technique, but given the type of soil and the deplorable hardpan conditions I had to deal with… it needed far more work. Oh, and I grew up in Illinois so I’m well aware of the differences! It’s been said that the soil in the Chicago area is so rich and fertile that one could spit on the ground and a human would grow. I agree!! :rofl:

    7.8.2012 @ 8:59 am
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    Madge said,

    Wow, your yard looks great, I’m in the process of restoring my lawn, I can’t believe how many people misread your article, what is wrong with people, I read the whole thing and understood exactly, Keep up the good work, lawns take a while but are so worth it.

    5.12.2013 @ 1:30 pm
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    stephanie said,

    The before pic looks like my yard rite now, and I hate it!!! I am gonna try this and hopefully get some grass growing!

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