We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Re-posted from Springtime, but late-summer/early fall is the best time for lawn repair in most of the USA. We are refreshing one of our raggedy lawns, next week, with power-seeding with a tough sports turf seed (tough enough for the dogs and kids and occasionally the horses), and doing the aerating at the same time. Then Milorganite. By Spring, it will be perfect and crowd out the weeds. You can rent a power-seeder and an aerator for a few hours very cheaply, anywhere.
I will spare our readers my usual springtime lawn-restoring post, and bring a new topic to your attention: Power Lawn Seeding. This machine injects grass seed to a proper depth in an existing lawn or a new lawn. It's overseeding, but with far more effectiveness than surface scattering.
It will quickly give you a new or refurbished lawn, and sort-of aerates it in the process but best to arerate at the same time. We happen to need about 1/2 acre done this way due to stream flooding in a storm last fall. Services like Lawn Doctor can do it, or you can rent the machine for cheap and do it yourself.
Naturally, you have to either pray for rain or water it regularly for a few weeks.
Re lawn fertilizing (which must be done 2-3X/year), I enjoyed the credentials of the person who wrote up this piece:Dawn West holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.
You can grow a healthy lawn on concrete if you water and feed it correctly. I saw this at Scott's in Ohio and repeated it on a 10 x 10' slab in my yard when I got home. It was a conversation starter, but not worth the effort the next year.
My other grass story regards the laziness of youth. We once lived in one of several townhomes surrounding a grassy area that became a play area for the kids. One year the management resodded the lawn, but some corners started turning brown. I was pondering the problem when a couple of five-year-olds came home from kindergarten, went to one of the corners, picked up the sod and retrieved a dozen mini-cars and trucks they had stashed there, being too lazy to bring them indoors and clean off the mud before bringing them to their room.
I checked the other brown corners. Same thing -- places for storing toys.
What's up with that commenter "chastity belt" under Friday Morning Links? In bright red letters it says comments will be moderated and reviewed prior to posting. That's the same problem that occurred last week, which you said was an error, right?
The lawn of my childhood home was surrounded by vegetable or flower gardens, meadow, forest, and swamp. What grew, grew. Moss. Dandelions. Buttercups. Other flowers. There were a lot of different trees and bushes to mow around. When I mowed the lawn I liked seeing the different varieties of grasses growing in the lawn. No suburban monoculture there.
Seeding and fertilizing a lawn is an utter waste of time. But it's a free country. Let people waste their time as they see fit.
The nearest neighbor was a quarter mile away. That hasn't changed in the decades since I left town. No lawn Nazis to stick their noses into what was none of their business. Good old Yankee curmudgeonry has survived all the ethnics and commuters who have moved into town in the last century.