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Webdetroit
May 3, 2017 7:42 AM CST
When I look close at my lawn I see three different types of grass, it looks rather clumpy! Do you have any suggestions?
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porkpal
May 3, 2017 7:45 AM CST
That would depend on where the lawn is growing and what type of grass you want to grow. Pictures would help a lot.
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Webdetroit
May 3, 2017 9:31 AM CST
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Here's a picture, I live in a suburb of Detroit. It's my front lawn.
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Weedwhacker
May 3, 2017 11:16 AM CST
Welcome to NGA, from another Michigander...

there's really nothing wrong with having more than one type of grass in your lawn; it actually just looks to me like it needs to be mowed. Smiling
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smokingdonkey
May 3, 2017 11:57 AM CST
What sort of Mower do you use ?
ie ride-on or walk behind? And do you use a collection box on the mower or let the cutting just fall onto the cut lawn?
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Garden10
May 3, 2017 12:13 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:Welcome to NGA, from another Michigander...

there's really nothing wrong with having more than one type of grass in your lawn; it actually just looks to me like it needs to be mowed. Smiling


I agree with Sandy, and I think it's a lovely lawn, you don't want it to look like wall to wall carpeting, do you???? Crying
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katesflowers
May 5, 2017 6:02 AM CST
Hello @webdetroit and welcome.
Your MSU county extension agent may be of help with identifying the type of grass you have and then how you want to deal with it. We always roll our grass a couple of times in early spring. Some bumpyness can be caused from ant hills, too.
I can't imagine any lawn is comprised of one variety of grass.
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Shadegardener
May 5, 2017 10:24 AM CST
I have various fescues with bluegrass in my lawn. When the grass first starts to grow in the spring, we do get some clumps that grow faster than others. I'm wondering if, when the grass gets tall enough for it's first couple of mowings, the appearance will "smooth out" to give you a more uniform appearance. Northern grass seed is usually a blend. You could always start over-seeding in the fall with a single variety but it would take a few years to reduce the "clumpy" appearance. Don't over seed in spring and especially avoid annual grass seed mix (you'd get lots of weeds).
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