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I did a search on Home Depot with Schaumburg as my location, and every nearby store has at least 100 bags.
 

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I went on Home Depot’s site to see if they had Milo in stock. They jacked the price up significantly this year. Bastards!
I only used half a bag last year for my front lawn I still have 1.5 bags left. I’m good for the year.
 

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So is this Milo stuff better than Scott's? I usually just throw some Scotts down in the Spring
 

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some people swear by Milorganite. Ace hardware sells it, check there too. Its just Milwaukee sewage biosolids processed into fertilizer lol. I've always been a fan of Scotts 4 step, although not so much lately with 3 dogs. My backyard is currently in the worst shape ever, lots of bare dirt. I'm always joking with my wife about switching to partial artificial turf, keep inching closer to getting a quote :rofl:.

For dog owners, what is a good hearty grass I should plant?
 

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Milorganite is just a slower releasing fertilizer with Iron that is not nearly as high in nitrogen as a regular fertilizer. You also don't have to wet it in like a regular nitrogen fertilizer and it won't cause crazy growth or burning of your grass if you apply too much.

If you really want to get into things get a soil sample analysed which will tell you what you are missing. Really also need to know your lots square footage so you are applying the right amounts. Lots of videos on the subject that really help. Spring for me is mostly the season of killing weeds etc.
 

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some people swear by Milorganite. Ace hardware sells it, check there too. Its just Milwaukee sewage biosolids processed into fertilizer lol. I've always been a fan of Scotts 4 step, although not so much lately with 3 dogs. My backyard is currently in the worst shape ever, lots of bare dirt. I'm always joking with my wife about switching to partial artificial turf, keep inching closer to getting a quote :rofl:.

For dog owners, what is a good hearty grass I should plant?
Ours in the back, which is the dogs bathroom grows at a rate that no fertilizer can equal. There are times I can't get the mower through it.
 

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Tall fescue I planted last fall got beat up pretty bad by snow sitting on it for months. Going to be doing some spring seeding it looks like. The brown spots have some green poking through but it will still be thin.
 

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Could that be grubs? I had a spot like that at my old house and peeled some sod back and it was loaded with grubs.
 

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could be grubs, but I'd guess its snow mold damage. Pretty common this year from all the snow we had.

Ours in the back, which is the dogs bathroom grows at a rate that no fertilizer can equal. There are times I can't get the mower through it.
most of my damage is from them romping around on it, I watch them literally peel up my lawn chasing eachother around :hs:
 

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Could that be grubs? I had a spot like that at my old house and peeled some sod back and it was loaded with grubs.
Twas the snow mold. Gray fuzzy stuff was on all those dead patches. I raked it out as soon as I could but it was too far gone. Will rough it up and throw some seed on it after this next round of cold nights next week passes.
 

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Got out and mowed today and did some applications. Lawn still looks kind of wonky because only some patches were getting long and I didn’t want to scalp it too bad.

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I’m way too late based on a soil temp of 60 today but I got my prodiamine sprayed today about 5 minutes before it rained. I really didn’t have crabgrass up front last year so I don’t think it will hurt me too badly.

I’m loosely following the Allyn Hane Yard Mastery program this year. I’ve always scoffed at how much Yard Mastery’s products cost, but if you break it down to a per 1000 square feet price they really aren’t bad. I sprayed the Root Growth Stimulant which is basically a Humic acid and sea kelp mix that’s supposed to encourage rooting and nutrient uptake. Broken down it’s only 89 cents per 1000 feet to apply.

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put down 3lb per 1000 of their Flagship 24-0-6 with 3% iron and their version of milorganite nuggets they call “bio-nite”. It smells like Milo so it definitely checks out. The bag is $55 but since it has synthetic nitrogen in it you use less and the per 1000 price is only $3.67 whereas milorganite per 1000 is up to $6.79. Even before the price increase milorganite was $4 per 1000. I’m hoping I like the results. It’s cheaper, should have faster results from the 75% quick release synthetic nitrogen, and it has more micronutrients in it than milorganite. Time will tell. I can do my front and back yard with 12 pounds of product, which is silly in my new Echo 60# spreader. It does roll nice though.

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Wow man you guys are getting some really good results so quick! Just put down another round of scotts 1st step with rain in the forecast next few days
 

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I hadn’t put anything down yet. I followed the theory last fall that if you hit it pretty hard with fertilizer that the plant stores it and greens up faster in the spring.
 

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all 5 years I’ve lived at this house my lawn is the last to green up. It is the best looking lawn from about may till the end of the year, but mine is always the last one to get going. This is from today. It’s all brown and patchy and there’s defined edges where my lawn ends and the neighbors starts. Should I just go nuts with the milo? my neighbors don’t even treat their lawn and theirs always looks greener this time of the year

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I haven’t done it myself, but soil test perhaps? Could be deficient in something or a PH issue.
 

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the village resodded our parkways a few years ago, not sure what grass was used, but it doesn't green up or start growing until late May/early June. The weeds will still grow, and it looks pretty terrible because everything else its green and other parts my yard get mowed 3-4 times before this part wakes up. It also didn't take last years summer drought too well either, might give them a call and find out my options.
 

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the village resodded our parkways a few years ago, not sure what grass was used, but it doesn't green up or start growing until late May/early June. The weeds will still grow, and it looks pretty terrible because everything else its green and other parts my yard get mowed 3-4 times before this part wakes up. It also didn't take last years summer drought too well either, might give them a call and find out my options.
 

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I believe it's called Bermuda grass. The "field" between our house has this, although this season, it's come in much quicker than in the past (in the section out closer to the street where the car is passing). This is treated by Weiss that I shared the chemicals on earlier.

Anyway, this is the yard I mowed two weeks ago. This yard grows like a fire whether it was the weed farm it was two years ago, or actual grass. You can cut it, turn around and it's re-grown already...

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I believe it's called Bermuda grass. The "field" between our house has this, although this season, it's come in much quicker than in the past (in the section out closer to the street where the car is passing). This is treated by Weiss that I shared the chemicals on earlier.

Anyway, this is the yard I mowed two weeks ago. This yard grows like a fire whether it was the weed farm it was two years ago, or actual grass. You can cut it, turn around and it's re-grown already...
I think you are right, it doesn't grow very tall either. From what I read its a warm season grass, some strains can tolerate our winters but its more common in the south. Not sure why they put that down everything else is kentucky blue. I've been lurking on my FB neighborhood group and a few share similar complaints.
 

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I think it's very dense too. I'll get out there in mid-summer, and while the grass may not have grown tall due to heat, I'm still cutting a lot of it because it's so thick in density.
 

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