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Old 07-30-2013, 08:57 AM
Smallaxe Smallaxe is offline
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Tilling in one inch of compost will be OK, if that is what is cost effective...I would plan on topdressing the seed and topdressing the grass over time... I would not aerate for the first 12 months of the grass' life and with all that compost I'd go easy on the starter fertilizer... I've found that compost gets the grass growing to it's maximum potential pretty quick and there is no improvement with a fertilizer...

Your main concern will be preventing the clay from becoming platy and hydrophobic again... once that happens all your current efforts will be destroyed...
If the client is looking at this as an investment in the future in which a great lawn is virtually guaranteed, then there will be huge disappointments ahead,,, w/out cultural practices to prevent root decline in the turf...
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Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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