Stevefromtheburbs
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      • Review count
        298
      • Helpfulness votes
        329
      • Average rating
        4.8
        4.8 out of 5
      • First Review:
        March 21, 2013
      • Last Review:
        September 30, 2019
       
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          GreenView Fairway Formula Perennial Ryegrass Blend is the go-to seed blend when you want to establish your lawn quickly and our best blend for heavy traffic tolerance from children and pets. This cool season blend is great for bare spots that need quick coverage. You can also utilize Perennial Ryegrass to overseed warm season grasses during the cooler months of the year.
           
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          If you want nice grass, you need to start with good seed. I'm a frequent flyer of planting grass ...
          PostedSeptember 30, 2019
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          If you want nice grass, you need to start with good seed. I'm a frequent flyer of planting grass seed to cover up brown spots from burned grass from sun, dog pee, deer pee, etc. So I know grass seed isn't cheap, you buy what is on sale. Problem is, like me, you've probably seen all the fillers, dust, etc. that is in each bag of seed that you buy. I don't know how much seed is wasted in the weight by this, but let me say, this is the purest bag of grass seed I've ever gotten. No dust, no fillers, just plain old grass seed.
          Just before this seed and the seed success topping, I had used some of the patch mix "guaranteed" to make you a green lawn quick - I had a pile of mud, almost no seed, Read More
          If you want nice grass, you need to start with good seed. I'm a frequent flyer of planting grass seed to cover up brown spots from burned grass from sun, dog pee, deer pee, etc. So I know grass seed isn't cheap, you buy what is on sale. Problem is, like me, you've probably seen all the fillers, dust, etc. that is in each bag of seed that you buy. I don't know how much seed is wasted in the weight by this, but let me say, this is the purest bag of grass seed I've ever gotten. No dust, no fillers, just plain old grass seed.
          Just before this seed and the seed success topping, I had used some of the patch mix "guaranteed" to make you a green lawn quick - I had a pile of mud, almost no seed, and a few strands of grass. Very disappointing. But my luck was going to change when I stumbled onto this seed and their seed topper.
          I used this grass seed, along with the green view seed success, and I will say I had major success. This year, this late in the season, I was trying to fix a horribly broken lawn. I was skeptical I could make it work, but it worked out between this seed and seed success mix on top, I have had a great lawn return before winter. This means come spring, the grass will be even better than before. If I had not done this, winter would have been a big muddy mess, and spring would have been the same.
          Get good grass seed and you'll see a big improvement in what grows. After just 12 days, and watering it religiously, it has produced amazing results used in conjunction with the seed success mix on top of it. Read Less
          Pros: all seed no fillers, great seed grows great grass, worth the extra $$$
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          GreenView Fairway Formula Seeding Success is a combination starter fertilizer and seeding mulch that helps maintain moisture in the planted area, so grass seeds successfully germinate. The paper mulch is completely biodegradable and is combined with fertilizer, a wetting agent and special tackifier that helps keep mulch in place to protect the seed while it germinates - even on rainy and windy days or when seeding a sloped area. Grass seed is not included - you choose the grass seed that best suits your lawn.
           
          from Philly burbs
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          This should be called "Jack and the beanstalk" formulation for grass! I have dogs. Dogs pee wi...
          PostedSeptember 30, 2019
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          This should be called "Jack and the beanstalk" formulation for grass! I have dogs. Dogs pee will kill grass over the course of a season and this season was just like every season. Throughout the season I will thrown down some seed and some grass grows in its place. But this season, I was having problems getting grass to grow. The last thing I did was to put down grass patch mix, the kind with dirt and seed in it, that promised to grow a happy green lawn in 10 days. Well, what I had after 10 days was some mud and a few strands of grass.
          As they say timing is everything, so when this came in on queue, I was able to put down some of their seed, and put this on top. Most of the patch mix had Read More
          This should be called "Jack and the beanstalk" formulation for grass! I have dogs. Dogs pee will kill grass over the course of a season and this season was just like every season. Throughout the season I will thrown down some seed and some grass grows in its place. But this season, I was having problems getting grass to grow. The last thing I did was to put down grass patch mix, the kind with dirt and seed in it, that promised to grow a happy green lawn in 10 days. Well, what I had after 10 days was some mud and a few strands of grass.
          As they say timing is everything, so when this came in on queue, I was able to put down some of their seed, and put this on top. Most of the patch mix had fizzled out and did nothing. Well I took a beginning picture and an ending picture. I haven't taken a picture in awhile, but over 12 days you can see how things have evolved. Absolutely amazing difference. I even put some of this on the brown patches, and it seems as though the fertilizer in it probably helped to return the dying grass back to life. I cannot explain it any other way.
          While it looks like rabbit pellets, and it does NOT contain any grass seed, what it does is to provide a layer over the seed, so birds don't eat it, sun doesn't bake it, and it keeps the moisture in so the seed can germinate and really grow, which it did. But it also provides nutrients to the grass, and it is obvious what I have been able to accomplish with this stuff, watering each day, and so late in the grass growing season. In fact, it has already been lawn mowed once and needs another mow because it is growing so fast and tall. No other grass anywhere around looks this vibrant and growing so well.
          After years of just tossing out some seed and hoping for the best, I realize that I need this on top to be successful unlike any other time I've planted seed to fix up my lawn from dog pee spots and other things like burned grass patches from sun, deer pee, etc. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Install, Great Quality, goes on top of seed
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          The Merola Tile Vintage Classic 9-3/4 in. x 9-3/4 in. Porcelain Floor and Wall Tile is the latest addition to our line of pieces inspired by artisan cement tiles. The low-sheen glaze features a pleasant mix of sharp angles and gentle curves in hues of inky gray, ash gray and pale gray reminiscent of speckled cement. Use this durable encaustic-inspired tile with the rest of the geometric patterned Vintage series or as a lively accent for any application to your indoor floors or walls. Color: Black/ White/ and Grey / Low Sheen.
           
          from Philly burbs
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          I wish I had picked this for my kitchen floor tile instead of laminate. This stuff is gorgeous, ...
          PostedSeptember 29, 2019
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          I wish I had picked this for my kitchen floor tile instead of laminate. This stuff is gorgeous, better in person than in the picture. It is a thick porcelain tile. It is not joke. They seem to be so thick that they could not easily shatter. And the pattern is so complex, and so well put onto the tile, it looks llke a high resolution picture, almost like it isn't real. But it is beautiful.
          After seeing how nice this is, my wife and I are going to re-do the kitchen, foyer, and powder room in this tile. It has such a high end look and feel compared to the tile we have in our foyer and powder room, but also very very high end compared to the laminate floor that isn't as indestructible as we Read More
          I wish I had picked this for my kitchen floor tile instead of laminate. This stuff is gorgeous, better in person than in the picture. It is a thick porcelain tile. It is not joke. They seem to be so thick that they could not easily shatter. And the pattern is so complex, and so well put onto the tile, it looks llke a high resolution picture, almost like it isn't real. But it is beautiful.
          After seeing how nice this is, my wife and I are going to re-do the kitchen, foyer, and powder room in this tile. It has such a high end look and feel compared to the tile we have in our foyer and powder room, but also very very high end compared to the laminate floor that isn't as indestructible as we were told it would be. Endless little holes have appeared, things aren't at all what we thought.
          I'm sure this tile would be a much better longer lasting product than laminates. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Install, Great Accent, High Quality of Material, Looks Great, Sturdy
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          Home Decorators Collection Akron Oak 12mm Thick x 8.03 in. Wide x 47.64 in. Length Laminate Flooring (15.94 sq. ft. / case), Light
           
          from Philly burbs
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          So I cracked open a box of this flooring to find myself completely surprised. Why? The planks w...
          PostedSeptember 26, 2019
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          So I cracked open a box of this flooring to find myself completely surprised. Why? The planks were of normal thickness, but when I compared the thickness of the actual laminated material, it sure looks thicker than what I had installed a few years ago.
          I tried to break it. I dropped heavy dog bones on it, dropped a few kitchen knives on it. Tried hitting it with a hammer hard enough to hurt my hand, no notice. Same with dragging a knife across the surface, which proved this flooring is really able to withstand any kind of typical damage from everyday life's events.
          The pattern is nice, it is done in planks vs. squares. I'm going to be doing my kitchen floor over with this and it Read More
          So I cracked open a box of this flooring to find myself completely surprised. Why? The planks were of normal thickness, but when I compared the thickness of the actual laminated material, it sure looks thicker than what I had installed a few years ago.
          I tried to break it. I dropped heavy dog bones on it, dropped a few kitchen knives on it. Tried hitting it with a hammer hard enough to hurt my hand, no notice. Same with dragging a knife across the surface, which proved this flooring is really able to withstand any kind of typical damage from everyday life's events.
          The pattern is nice, it is done in planks vs. squares. I'm going to be doing my kitchen floor over with this and it appears this is really good stuff. I cannot wait to get that started. I'm sending pics of the product because I don't know how soon I'll get around to installing tis in my kitchen, so didn't want to wait too long to get this review out there - you'll be happy with this is you want a lighter colored floor. I love this! Wife loves this too. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Install, High Quality of Material, Looks Great, Looks High End, Sturdy
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          Grotrax provides an easier, cheaper, better way to grow grass. The grass seed and fertilizer are sandwiched between 2 bio-fabric layers. It Literally sticks to the ground when moistened, no staking required, providing excellent seed to soil contact. Grotrax holds 6X its weight in water. For fast germination and uniform growth, simply roll, water and watch it grow.
           
          from Philly burbs
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          What I received was a roll stamped to sell by 04-2019. Because of this, I'm not going to be able...
          PostedSeptember 23, 2019
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          What I received was a roll stamped to sell by 04-2019. Because of this, I'm not going to be able to speak on the current roll received, as to how well it will grow. Earlier this year I did use some of this for patching and it worked fine. I would not say it was as thick as quality sod, but it worked fine.
          I'll say that this is not quite as simple as 1, 2, 3 like the package says, in that you have to prep the area you are going to lay this down onto - I cannot stress this enough. Yes, it is a simple install, once you are prepped for it. Frankly the prep work is a bit daunting compared to what I normally do which is to just sprinkle some seed down and let nature do its thing on the burn Read More
          What I received was a roll stamped to sell by 04-2019. Because of this, I'm not going to be able to speak on the current roll received, as to how well it will grow. Earlier this year I did use some of this for patching and it worked fine. I would not say it was as thick as quality sod, but it worked fine.
          I'll say that this is not quite as simple as 1, 2, 3 like the package says, in that you have to prep the area you are going to lay this down onto - I cannot stress this enough. Yes, it is a simple install, once you are prepped for it. Frankly the prep work is a bit daunting compared to what I normally do which is to just sprinkle some seed down and let nature do its thing on the burn spots.
          Other than the prep, you lay this out, water it on the side that isn't going to get another sheet on it, and then lay the next piece, water it, etc. The watering effect does make it immediately adhere to the prep work area you have done. For patch work, this is a bit more complicated, because you have to fully prep the spot, then cut out the right size piece, then lay it and keep it watered. I took the extra step to put some seed down under this, because if the seed on this didn't work, the seed underneath is being protected by this sheet that bio-degrades.
          When watering, you have to do it lightly....my example picture shows what happens when you use too much water and force it onto the sheet.
          I used this stuff earlier in the season and it worked well, but with dogs doing their business, I get a lot of pet pee burn spots and have to re-grow the lawn in spots over the course of the summer. I don't have a large lawn to care for, so it isn't like I can use this on 1000 square feet and give you an honest opinion, I've used it on spots and it worked fine. Of course, prep work is the key, getting dirt stirred up and wet, then lay this and keep it watered. It will work. And just for added measure, I used seed under this to ensure success.
          The sheets are thin and easy to work with (cut or tear). They do eventually bio-degrade. My wife wasn't happy with the transition look, but it is what it is and the end result will be worth it. It certainly is cheaper than sod, and is something that you can easily do yourself without too much trouble. Plus in my case, I repeat this exercise multiple times each spring, summer, and fall.
          I was excited to have a roll to keep handy for patching, but based on the sell by date, I'm supposing it won't be useable with success in a year or two as I had hoped. Read Less
          Pros: it works, easy to install once prep work done, bio degrades and protects seed planting
          Cons: need good prep work in advance
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          This 3/8 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 47-1/2 in. Coastal Ivory Planking (8-pieces per box) adds warmth, beauty, and interest to any space with the look and feel of reclaimed rustic wood wall planking. This versatile planking can be installed vertically, like wainscoting, horizontally, on a full wall or in any geometric design to create a unique statement in any room. Other installation options include mixing with other wood colors, installing in a herringbone and chevron pattern, or perhaps you can create your own unique pattern. This 3/8 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 47-1/2 in. Charred Wood Planking (8-piece per box) can be used as an accent wall in the bedroom, dining room, and kitchen. These can also be used in smaller craft projects such as bed headboards, furniture, other smaller architectural and design elements. Color: White.
           

          If I seal it, can I use it in a bathroom or will it become moldy?

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          May 2, 2019
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          Philly burbs
          October 19, 2019
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          I think like anything else, if the bathroom gets very wet, this will probably absorb the moisture and eventually get moldy. I will say however, if you are not overly steamy in the bathroom, I would think it would be fine. It is solid wood with a paint finish. I'd seal up the seams if doing a bathroom so the moisture doesn't get in between or behind planks.
           
          This 3/8 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 47-1/2 in. Coastal Ivory Planking (8-pieces per box) adds warmth, beauty, and interest to any space with the look and feel of reclaimed rustic wood wall planking. This versatile planking can be installed vertically, like wainscoting, horizontally, on a full wall or in any geometric design to create a unique statement in any room. Other installation options include mixing with other wood colors, installing in a herringbone and chevron pattern, or perhaps you can create your own unique pattern. This 3/8 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 47-1/2 in. Charred Wood Planking (8-piece per box) can be used as an accent wall in the bedroom, dining room, and kitchen. These can also be used in smaller craft projects such as bed headboards, furniture, other smaller architectural and design elements. Color: White.
           

          Can this be planed down to 1/4"?

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          andy
          October 9, 2019
          Can this be planed down to 1/4"?
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          Philly burbs
          October 19, 2019
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          If you plane it down, the finish will be gone. But you could refinish it?
           
          This 3/8 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 47-1/2 in. Coastal Ivory Planking (8-pieces per box) adds warmth, beauty, and interest to any space with the look and feel of reclaimed rustic wood wall planking. This versatile planking can be installed vertically, like wainscoting, horizontally, on a full wall or in any geometric design to create a unique statement in any room. Other installation options include mixing with other wood colors, installing in a herringbone and chevron pattern, or perhaps you can create your own unique pattern. This 3/8 in. x 5-1/2 in. x 47-1/2 in. Charred Wood Planking (8-piece per box) can be used as an accent wall in the bedroom, dining room, and kitchen. These can also be used in smaller craft projects such as bed headboards, furniture, other smaller architectural and design elements. Color: White.
           

          Can this be used on a kitchen ceiling as is?

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          August 28, 2019
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          October 19, 2019
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          ABSOLUTELY! WOULD BE BEAUTIFUL
           
          The Costa Farms Live Outdoor Garden Fall 1 Qt. Chrysanthemum should be a staple Fall decor piece in your home, with vibrant autumn colors in rich orange, yellow and red, the 8-pack Ready-to-Bloom 1 Qt. Mum is sure to make a statement on any porch, patio and entry-way. This combo pack was created with the DIY person in mind, each ship in a grower pot, ready to be dropped into a container of your choice. Each box includes eight 1 Qt. Mums in bud form just as the blooms are starting to show. Create your own container garden or use as a focal point or mix and match with your favorite Fall decor.
           

          Do the pots come wrapped in the paper and bow you're showing in your photo?

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          September 10, 2019
          Do the pots come wrapped in the paper and bow you're showing in your photo?
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          September 24, 2019
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          They do and are worth every penny spent on these....could be given as gifts.....best packaging of plants ever.
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          This Power Spa All Chrome 3-way LED Twin Shower System will get your day started right. The Air Jet LED Turbo Pressure Boost Nozzle Technology injects oxygen into the water to give you a powerful shower. 7 LED lights change every few seconds to light up your shower.
           

          Would this fit if you just took off a regaular shower head and put this on

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          May 23, 2017
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          Philly burbs
          September 16, 2019
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          Most of the time, yes. Sometimes though, if you have a ball end on your shower arm when you remove the shower head, it will not and a more modern shower arm would have to be installed.
           
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