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Old 05-26-2012, 09:35 PM
yiranhu yiranhu is offline
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Location: Shelby Twp, Michigan
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New homeowner - newer construction w/ bad lawn

Hi all,

I'm a new house owner. My house is a newer construction site condo (2004) in southeast Michigan. Apparently when they built these new houses, they put very little top soil down before they lay down the turf. Two inches down is basically gravel and sand so the lawn holds water very badly. The house was foreclosed before I bought it so the lawn was mistreated on top of having bad constitution to begin with. So the lawn is half dead right now and very patchy.

Now I want to explore my options. What I want to do is reseed in the fall. But I don't want to reseed on the current soil. So my plan is to put 2 inches of good top soil/compost mix and then reseed. But I don't want to remove whatever grass is left over at that time. So it is like crazy topdressing. Is that doable? Also do i need to remove some of the sand/gravel first? That would make the job much harder to do. If there's better options please let me know!

I want to be able to arrive at a lawn next year that holds water better and is no longer patchy!

Thanks all!!

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Old 05-27-2012, 10:41 AM
Smallaxe Smallaxe is offline
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Location: Central Wisconsin
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We simply brought in topsoil and raked it smooth over the existing turf... this also filled in the little pockets and depressions in the lawn, in which seed was dropped during the summer...

to get more bang for your buck, using good compost(without sand) to topdress with instead of topsoil... the reason for compost is that it will enrich the existing soils w/out raising the soil height...

If aeration, reaches into the gravel/sand subsoil, it would be useful to aerate before application of the compost and seed...
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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