Home Buyin/Maintenance Thread - Where most of us are 30ish but act 47. Oh, and fuck home inspectors

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  1. Oranjello

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    I currently have a mix of zoysia and bermuda grass in the front yard, but I believe it's predominantly zoysia. Due to drought last year, some of the soil has become compacted in parts. My plan this weekend is to aerate, water, and then a few days later throw out some seed. The internet is conflicted on zoysia versus bermuda. I'm leaning towards quick growing bermuda given that it's mid-May and will be getting hot soon, but zoysia seems to be overall better. Any thoughts on what kind of seed to get?
     
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  2. THF

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    I am overseeding my yard with Zoysia right now due to shade from a tree in the front yard.

    Bermuda is more drought tolerant I believe, but needs more sunlight. I have bermuda in the back where it gets a ton of light, but in the front the bermuda won't thrive as much due to the shade.

    Do you have any sunlight issues?

    I believe Zoysia is slower to fill in and doesn't spread as fast as bermuda either.
     
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  3. Oranjello

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    Nope, no sunlight issues. I agree with everything you said, I was just having a hard time making a decision. Pretty sure I was just being a sucker for good marketing, as the Scotts EZ Seed Patch and Repair seems enticing due to how easy it is https://www.homedepot.com/p/Scotts-10-lb-EZ-Seed-Patch-and-Repair-Bermudagrass-17590/206605411

    I pulled the trigger on some zoysia seeds and some topper soil with fertilizer, though.
     
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    We've got bigger fish to fry on the house right now, so I don't think it's worth turning into a fight. After I move in if it really irks me I'll throw a fit about it. Maybe my builder can use these on another one of his projects to help offset the cost.
     
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  5. texasraider

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    zoysia over bermuda all day errrrrry day

    emerald zoysia is my fave
     
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  6. One Two

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    Zoysia grows like shit from seed though
     
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  7. texasraider

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    yeah it's very difficult to grow from seed
     
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  8. One Two

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    bermuda grows better than zoysia from seed. I missed the part of your post where you were considering Bermuda. It would hurt to overawed with both bc there is a pretty good chance less than half your zoysia will even germinate.

    THF if you and ‘jello are set on zoysia look into plugs or buying sod and cutting it up to fill in dead spots.
     
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  9. One Two

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    Oh and I forgot to tag the grass man double RL
     
  10. Where Eagles Dare

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    Grass growing is one of the biggest thing that confuses me.

    I don't get the appeal of warm winter grass. So your yard look like shit all winter? Am i wrong there? I've mostly tried to go with some Tall Fescue in the past and had decent success at my house, even though I had massive pine trees and the needles were so thick.

    Pretty sure the lawn at my house is fescue now, it looks like it, it's patchy. My yard is probably 50% shaded through out the day. A lot of tall old trees and shade cover. So i guess I can't really do shit until the fall. Probably too late to plant
     
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  11. Oranjello

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    Agreed that it looks weird and I don't like it being dormant all winter, but I just want the patches to go away now and need a project because I'm bored
     
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  12. Duck70

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    You Southerners have such different grass types than we have up here. Most times when you all talk about lawns I have to google the variety because I have never heard of it before.

    In Oregon we have fescue and perennial ryegrass and I love it.
     
  13. THF

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    Ok first thing I want to stress is you have to keep Zoysia watered. That means a minimum of twice a day. Also the termination time is around 21 days.

    I went down a Zoysia Youtube hole this week as I put down some dense shade seed along with some Zoysia seed. The dense shade is a mix of fescue and rye and it germinated a week ago. The zoysia hasn’t done anything. So I was concerned.

    Apparently if you miss a day of water that can kill the seeds anytime in the first three weeks so I set two alarms on my phone, one in the morning and one in the afternoon to make sure I don’t forget to water. The trick is apparently to water until it’s damp, not muddy.

    Zoysia seed is insanely expensive as well so make sure you do your homework.
     
  14. THF

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    I believe you are in the south, so you should be fine to put down seed right now. I am putting down Penningtons Deep Shade seed and its coming up in about a week. I have been seeding an area, watering twice a day, every day, waiting a week or two, and then over seeding again and continuing the process. I haven't mowed it at all.

    If you are 50% shade, its probably a lot of fescue. Fine Fescue or Tall Fescue are the most shade tolerant grasses. Honestly, I put down the seed and raked it a bit, and started watering, and that was the total prep I did. I didn't till it, but did buy those spike shoes on amazon and walked around a bunch with those to breakup the soil. The seed is coming in really well and I am curious to see what happens with the Zoysia seed I did put down. I am hoping it survives but as One Two said, growing from Zoysia seed is a BITCH.

    I put down some bermuda a week ago in a shitty little area in the back near the alley for my driveway and have been watering it twice a day as well and its coming right up. Its a very sunny area though. Bermuda needs a ton of sunlight. Any shade during the day will hinder its growth.
     
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  15. CF3234

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    Shit, south florida can sustain one kind of grass. Not even sure what it is but everyone has it.
     
  16. gilstein21

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    St Augustine grass in south Florida
     
  17. fsugrad99

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  18. bigred77

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    Yup
     
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    Yup.
     
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  20. One Two

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  21. Rusty Shackleford

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    Did y’all hear that the government released the corona virus to subdue the population.
     
  22. bigred77

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    You didn't know?
     
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  23. Duck70

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    to make us all sheeple
     
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  24. double RL

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    They've improved emerald and made a new hybrid from it, called Zeon. It basically shits all over every type of warm season grass ever made.
     
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    You should have told me that before I laid 12 pallets of emerald. Hope you have a good lawyer
     
  26. bigred77

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    St augustine 4 life
     
  27. texasraider

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    You sound like a fungi :awesomeface:
     
  28. ned's head

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    Is zillow/realtor.com the best place to find aborted flips and foreclosures?
     
  29. NineteenNine

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    probably not, but I don't really know what the answer is other than a really well connected realtor.
     
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  30. Rabid

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    Same in MN and heavy use of fescue is preferred.
     
  31. LSU90

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    So about to tackle a little outdoor kitchen since I have more time at home with quarantine. Going to have the basics of a sink, gas grill, small fridge but wanted to get some feedback on the lesser thought of things that some of you may have done or added to your setup that I may not be thinking about or are on the fence about implementing.
     
  32. double RL

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    Emerald is still very nice. I imagine it will fade out over the next few years. Zeon looks extremely similar, but is improved in every way. They're both beautiful grasses when taken care of.
     
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  33. Duck70

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    Garden is in, yard looking legit (grass needs mowed, I know)

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  34. Tommy Jefferson

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    Not a gardener but I think you’ve got poison ivy growing in the last box to the right
     
  35. bigred77

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    Or weed
     
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  37. Jt272929

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    New Pergola Installed on patio
     

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    Backyard sod coming in nicely
     

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  39. bigred77

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    :like:
     
  40. NDfanPSUgrad

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    Have a John Deere with a 42” cut. I don’t have a bagger and was about to buy one and then stumbled up sweepers. Leaning sweeper but curious if anyone had an opinion.
     
  41. gilstein21

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    I have same mower; I have neither and do not like baggers. Need to look into a sweeper though.
     
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  42. Boo MFer!

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    Is that a school behind your house?
     
  43. Doc Louis

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    I'm just waiting for the talk of when to add lime in along with fertilizer so it doesn't kill grass
     
  44. NDfanPSUgrad

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    Not a fan of baggers. Sweeper looks to be useful for leaves and sticks and stuff.
     
  45. texasraider

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    Added some fine art to the guest bath
     
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  46. Where Eagles Dare

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    Anyone have a sprinkler system installed before??

    Thinking of doing that in the next year or so. Seems to be the best and easiest way vs constantly setting out sprinkles
     
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  47. Rabid

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    i have one. It was installed by a prior owner but we added 2 zones for drip lines when we did landscaping.
     
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  48. THF

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    I would hire it out of course, but yea it’s not too expensive depending on yard size.

    Then make sure you channel your inner lechnerd (RIP) and pick up a Rachio controller. It bypassed the scheduled water run this morning due to the rain in the forecast. I love mine.
     
  49. Where Eagles Dare

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    Yeah I was surprised by the cost, when I googled

    My yard is pretty small