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Old 08-18-2010, 10:02 PM
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My front lawn continuously burns...Any advice from a professional landscaper please

My front lawn burns around the same time every year. It burns around the hottest months of the year. I was thinking it might need some more topsoil, because the sun beats down on it. Someone else recommended that i should aerate it because the soil is to compact and water doesn't reach the roots. I know that they can be a ton of different reasons as to why it burns but I'm asking for some advice from professional landscapers.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:07 PM
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you prolly have very little topsoil, so it burns out fast.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:33 AM
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Aerate and apply water!
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:14 AM
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Water the lawn real good, then jab a shovel into the ground in random spots, to see if the water went into the root zone.
Chances are, you have hydrophobic surface, likely thatch, and you a cutting too short, and dumping N on the turf, for the hot summer months. All of these tactics are destructive.
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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Old 08-19-2010, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Glenn Lawn Care View Post
Aerate and apply water!
Good answer Glenn.

Definitely aerate. It will allow the water to permeate deeper into the soil, and loosen up the hard compacted surface. Allowing the grass roots to grow deeper into cooler/moister soil... De-Thatching helps also but works best if done a couple months before aerating..

Not to mention this will amplify the effects of any crabgrass prevention program you my already have.

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Old 08-19-2010, 05:23 PM
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Most likley not enough top soil. Take a shovel and check a few spots. The more the better. I have a couple clients who live on old farm land with almost a foot of nice rich soil. They never water and I have to mow every week in the summer sometimes twice a week in the spring. If you have enough top soil then areate and water.
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:26 PM
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I have a spot in my backyard where the afternoon sun (3-5) just cooks the grass. My neighbor told me that the sun reflected off his windows and actually burned holes on his deck furniture.

Top that with almost no rain and the extremely hot temps we have had the past few week in Georgia, and their isn't much you can do.

I did an aeration and threw a nice layer of mushroom compost down over the dried out spots and that seems to be helping. The compost acts as an 'insulator' from the sun to help keep the soil temps down.

Also, hand watering is a good thing as well. I have irrigation, but still like to hand water when I can to focus on these burn patches.
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:26 PM
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After addressing soil conditions.....if your lawn is in full sun all day consider a shade tree to provide some relief, appropriate size and species as not to cause too much shade but enough so the shadow moves across the lawn during the day and provides some shade to the turf.
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