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jbturf
05-10-2008, 04:51 PM
lawn installed about 2 years ago by a local landsaper,
IMO - at has never really filled in or looked healthy

this spring it was looking bad- snow mold , freeze damage etc..
as many lawn in my area have,

so i went out and did there 1st treatment as requested
fert + dimension .15% and took a soil sample

the very next day(of course) i was contacted by the scaper and
customer -wanted to get the place reseeded.
told them about the dimension app, and to at least wait until i get the soil test back

2 things i know of the situation are that when pulling the soil plugs,
i could not get the probe more than 2" deep any where and
that the property had/has been overwatered since day 1

anyway,
im trying to think of the best route for some seeding, so please only
reply if you have tried this with these conditions and your resluts

thinking double aeration and overseed with perenial rye- for now
touch it up in the fall

thanks

Subterfuge
05-10-2008, 05:35 PM
local landsaper

There is your answer. Sounds like there is only subgrade with no real topsoil. I can't say without seeing a soil core but it is pretty typical for these hacks to cheap out on anything you can grow grass on. If this is the case, it isn't your responsibility. The soil test was the right idea. Walk away if no one wants to cough up the ching to fix the mess. We can't walk on water.

humble1
05-10-2008, 09:52 PM
lawn installed about 2 years ago by a local landsaper,
IMO - at has never really filled in or looked healthy

this spring it was looking bad- snow mold , freeze damage etc..
as many lawn in my area have,

so i went out and did there 1st treatment as requested
fert + dimension .15% and took a soil sample

the very next day(of course) i was contacted by the scaper and
customer -wanted to get the place reseeded.
told them about the dimension app, and to at least wait until i get the soil test back

2 things i know of the situation are that when pulling the soil plugs,
i could not get the probe more than 2" deep any where and
that the property had/has been overwatered since day 1

anyway,
im trying to think of the best route for some seeding, so please only
reply if you have tried this with these conditions and your resluts

thinking double aeration and overseed with perenial rye- for now
touch it up in the fall

thanks

so is it clay or gravel underneath, i would say aerate double or triple and double the rye grass, use a good tri rye mix. They arent putting the seed problem on you because you put dimension down are they? Id point the inger at the contractor using 2 inches of loam will never give you a great lawn period. Its like building a house on a cardboard foundation wont ever be beautiful with such a weak foundation

jbturf
05-11-2008, 08:50 AM
thanks for the replys

i think you guys are right on, kinda
the same conclusion i was coming to as well,

i did suggest to the landscaper that there could
be a soil problem- though he quickly dismissed
that idea

im thinking now, i should of got a shovel out to get some
of that mystery soil in the 2-6" range- for the soil test
the bottom of the soil plugs i did get were a very coarse
sand and seemed like i hit a rock on each try--