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November 28, 2012, 11:52 PM

Anything and everything you need to know about what is in your yard can be easily answered by your local agricultural extension office, and for free.
Cooperative Extension System Offices

Of all the grasses and weeds you listed none of them are prevalent in our areas but every single lawn out there has a mixture of grasses. And bermuda, bluegrass, fescues and rye grass are almost always included to some degree in the retail grass seed bags. Unavoidable unless you are on a commercial turf field with specific needs. Same thing with the weeds, they are not prevalent around here but all cheap residential sod and most cheap top-soil products can and usually do contain a mixture of weeds seeds that may or may not thrive once planted depending on many factors.

You can call a professional but expect the process to get very expensive if you have your entire yard redone. I'm planning on doing that myself in my yard one day (cause I want a specific type of grass) but even then it'll be quite pricey, very labor intensive, and will require TONS of maintenance.

All in all, so your puppy's allergic. The question are, what are the specific health hazards? And would a regular antihistamine be enough? Tons of people (and dogs) have allergies that are at worst an inconvenience and a discomfort but not a health risk. If that's the case then the decision might balance on money spent to minimize it vs. paying extra focus and attention to the dog to limit activities that could cause him to get a reaction.

As far as the trees, there are many ways to create a barrier around the tree, but not from falling leaves, branches, & fruits so that'll take extra attention to cleaning up around the tree regularly.

P.S. That dog looks awesome and happy!
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