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vtruong
06-07-2008, 04:35 PM
Hey All,

I just got a 9 zone irrigation system installed in my lawn. The contractor used the Vermeer vibratory plow.

My question is what is the best way to get your lawn back to normal? Right now I have have a lot of humps and clay (in VA) in the lawn. The clay is slowly washing away with watering and rain but I dont see how the grass is going to grow back in some spots without reseeding.

Ideas?

Thanks

AI Inc
06-07-2008, 04:37 PM
Reseed , starter fert and lots of cutting. How bad is it? Typical install will not have humps and will show no signs of install with in 2 cuttings.

vtruong
06-07-2008, 04:54 PM
Thanks for replying...

Its been 1 week, just had first cut in the front (first 2 pics)
I also took the first 2 pics through a window so you might see some extra spots.

Pics below:

http://pub.metrostarsystems.com/Photos/Lawn/IMG_1936.jpg
http://pub.metrostarsystems.com/Photos/Lawn/IMG_1937.jpg
http://pub.metrostarsystems.com/Photos/Lawn/IMG_1938.jpg
http://pub.metrostarsystems.com/Photos/Lawn/IMG_1939.jpg

Mike Leary
06-07-2008, 05:48 PM
Fire the system up, run water enough to get the existing turf happy. Topdress the
dead areas with topsoil, seed, roll, mulch enough to hide the seed. Set the controller
to come on three times a day (or so, depending on weather) for a short time; 5 min.
works for us. You want to keep it moist, too much water will kill the seeds.
Send us pics of the sprinklers in action, we like that. Cut the lawn short before doing the above.

vtruong
06-07-2008, 06:04 PM
Mike,

Thanks for the reply and advice, I'll definatly give that a try. Does the lawn damage look excessive?

Mike Leary
06-07-2008, 06:06 PM
Mike,

Thanks for the reply and advice, I'll definatly give that a try. Does the lawn damage look excessive?

Nope, it's normal for either pulling or trenching.

vtruong
06-07-2008, 06:26 PM
OK , I knew they hit a few big rocks while pulling so some of the spots look worse.

I was outfitted with all Rainbird 1800/unispray spray heads and 5000 series rotors. Rainbird ESP Modular timer and Rainbird valves...(dont know valve model)

DanaMac
06-07-2008, 06:36 PM
I was outfitted with all Rainbird 1800/unispray spray heads and 5000 series rotors. Rainbird ESP Modular timer and Rainbird valves...(dont know valve model)

Components are fine, don't let the others scare you about RB products. Valve is probably a DV100 or DV75

Honestly, it's not the quality of the parts that will give you a good system. It's the quality of how well it was designed and installed.

AI Inc
06-07-2008, 09:24 PM
Looks typical, watering a few cuttings , it will be fine.

Mike Leary
06-07-2008, 09:39 PM
[QUOTE=DanaMac;2362126]Components are fine, don't let the others scare you about RB products.[/QUOTE

Typical Rep line, now we know how Dana forced Tony out.

hoskm01
06-08-2008, 01:39 AM
Looks pretty decent for a fresh install. If the trenches are humped, soak em good and give 'em a pack.

FIMCO-MEISTER
06-08-2008, 05:53 AM
Manifolds and curving ditches. Gotta love em.



NOT

Wet_Boots
06-08-2008, 07:23 AM
Pretty much par for the course for clay-and-rock soils. The scars go away. Sometimes the lumps stick around until the next winter's frost-and-heave settles the soil some more.

vtruong
06-08-2008, 09:42 AM
cool, you guys made me feel a lot better about this whole thing....

Thanks a lot...now how to keep the water bill down?

hahaha

AI Inc
06-08-2008, 09:44 AM
cool, you guys made me feel a lot better about this whole thing....

Thanks a lot...now how to keep the water bill down?

hahaha

Correct programming.

Kiril
06-08-2008, 09:45 AM
Set the controller
to come on three times a day (or so, depending on weather) for a short time; 5 min. works for us.

If they did their job right, 1 min, 3 times a day should be enough. :)