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petroskie
02-23-2010, 01:39 PM
I rent a house and take care of the property and home and it knocks down rent, my problem is the fron lawn is patchy and has worn spots from the prev owners were its just mud, would it be easyer to just till up the yard, relevel and hydroseed, the yard dosent get alot of sun due to a giant tree that covers about 90% of the lawn, so it only gets sun in the late after noon. thanks for the help

Green Feet Lawn
02-23-2010, 01:50 PM
the yard dosent get alot of sun due to a giant tree that covers about 90% of the lawn, so it only gets sun in the late after noon. thanks for the help

The tree may need to be thinned out to allow more sun through. Aside from that, I would till in garden brew topsoil blend and use a shade tolerant variety of seed. Make sure to give it plenty of water because the grass is competing with tree for water.

petroskie
02-23-2010, 03:30 PM
id like to thin it out more, but they did a hck job last summer and just cut off like 5 big limbs and its struggling, and last summer because of the hacking it sprouted like a million tiny sapllings, poor tree it was not taken care of correctly. but ill look into doing that, i got the back yard in great shape nice and fluffy, gunna grow some beer hops back there, but the front needs some love bad

GrassStitcher
02-25-2010, 09:59 AM
Hey Petroskie

If you want to try something quick and easy, try the Grass Stitcher. it will plant the grass seed into the existing soil with no other expense other than grass seed. Although I would agree with Green Feet Lawn, it might have a hard time competing with the roots and shade.

petroskie
02-25-2010, 12:16 PM
id love just to tear out the tree and replant with a heathy one, i made a 1 foot diamiter area around the tree were theres no grass. also tear up all those ******ed stepping stone they have in the grass, they sit like 3inches below the grass. what do you think would be the best machine to tear up the yard? cause id like to level it too theres high and low spots, a broken sprinkler system, and these PVC pipes comming out of the ground every 2 feet, they say gas line on them so ill have to be carfull with those.

GrassStitcher
02-25-2010, 12:24 PM
id love just to tear out the tree and replant with a heathy one, i made a 1 foot diamiter area around the tree were theres no grass. also tear up all those ******ed stepping stone they have in the grass, they sit like 3inches below the grass. what do you think would be the best machine to tear up the yard? cause id like to level it too theres high and low spots, a broken sprinkler system, and these PVC pipes comming out of the ground every 2 feet, they say gas line on them so ill have to be carfull with those.

Gas lines? Yipes:nono: I wouldn't use any machine. If you hit gas lines you could be looking at a world of pain. I would just bury the lines you see, fix sprinkler pipes and remove stepping stones then bring in some topsoil and regrade and seed.

petroskie
02-25-2010, 12:36 PM
i cant go up anymore is the problem the grass is already an inch higher than the curb. the main gas line is 4feet under the surface, the pvc pipes are just markers, which i think is odd cause im the only house on the block with them and they go around most of the house. only thing with the sprinklers (mental picture here) front yard is 60' x 30' and on the side of the house are the main line for the sprinklers, they are sticking up out of the ground and cut off like they were decommisioned, no box or any hook ups just a pipe, i glued on a end so i could hook up a hose to it and that how i found a busted pipe in the front yard, maybe ur right fix the bust and then all i have to do is hook up the hose and i have sprinklers. i need a plan cause if i fix the front yard they will comp me 2 months of rent thats about 2k i can save minus what i spend on the front yard

RigglePLC
02-25-2010, 02:41 PM
You can't win in heavy shade. Plant a ground cover like ivy, myrtle, pachysandra, ajuga...

petroskie
02-25-2010, 02:48 PM
do what now? we use like bluegrass n such. is that what ur talking about.. FYI thanks everybody for the help. if yall really wanna help ill give you my address and a few cases of beer, i got a pool table in the garage!

GrassStitcher
02-25-2010, 02:57 PM
do what now? we use like bluegrass n such. is that what ur talking about.. FYI thanks everybody for the help. if yall really wanna help ill give you my address and a few cases of beer, i got a pool table in the garage!

I'd love to stop by, but the drive is a little far. :gmctruck:

What he is saying (RigglePLC) is plant something other than grass.

Unless you have a bobcat or some other type of excavator I would just hand grub that stuff out (only 1800 ft sq) and bring in some topsoil - plant grass if you have enough light and the roots are not monstorous or plant another ground cover.

petroskie
02-25-2010, 03:07 PM
too far, but i thought we were freinds..compadres...amegos..and i have beer. i see well we have a tractor with a bucket.. my thought was to lower the bucket and just go straight and what ever it took im good with. ill get a pic up here after lunch. that was my thought just level, new top soil and hydroseed, but theres no sun light on the front yard till around 3pm till 6pm, so i worry about no sunlight but atleast i wont have to water like mad

petroskie
02-25-2010, 04:59 PM
ok so here are some pics of the yard and as you can tell the tree is a big one.

Darryl G
02-26-2010, 10:19 AM
I would just rough it up and replant it with a dense shade grass seed mix and fertilize regularly. But understand that it's still going to need to be at least touched up every year or 2 since it will inevitably delcine over time. I have some accounts where there are areas very similar to that and that's what I do...keeps it looking presentable anyway. Sometimes moss will take over areas like that, in which case I actually let it stay there in most cases. Moss is better than dirt.

GrassStitcher
02-26-2010, 10:34 AM
I would just rough it up and replant it with a dense shade grass seed mix and fertilize regularly. But understand that it's still going to need to be at least touched up every year or 2 since it will inevitably delcine over time. I have some accounts where there are areas very similar to that and that's what I do...keeps it looking presentable anyway. Sometimes moss will take over areas like that, in which case I actually let it stay there in most cases. Moss is better than dirt.

Then when you need to touch up, grab the Grass Stitcher and some seed - rough it up and throw down seed/ fert mixture when it begins to decline. Quick and easy.

By the way a double Grass Stitcher (20 in wide) will replant that whole area in about 1 hour. No machine or mess.