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Old 04-20-2012, 07:38 PM
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Cost effective treatment for hard sandy lawn

I just put down Barricade with fertilizer 3 weeks ago for client in NY as per recommendation of Lawnsite.com. Im new at this. The lawn is very sparse. Theres many patches of dirt showing but it is very sandy hard and dont take seed very well.(tried last year) Is there an inexpensive solution? Can not aerate at this time. The PH seems to be fine. We are talking an acre here. Thanks
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:48 AM
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post some pictures so we can see what u are seeing
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:19 PM
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...and that weed is very stubborn too.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:38 PM
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Since you treated for crabgrass--that would probably prevent seed from germinating this summer. Obviously grass can grow in the soil--you just need to get the grass to take in the dirt areas. Probably, better soil preparation would result in a better seed take. Ideal time would be when soil temp is high in late summer--seed comes up quick. Aim for mid to late August when air temp highs come down to about 85 degrees. Mow short to expose more dirt. Power rake or aeration or spiked drag would loosen up the soil. Sow seed and drag it again a couple times. You are trying to get most of the seed buried about 1/4 inch deep. Buy top quality seed. Bluegrass/rye mix. Use double the usual amount of seed--too thick is OK --better than doing it all again next year. If you drop a quarter--it should cover about 10 seeds. Include starter fertilizer. Feed again at 30 days and again at 60 days. Water every day for 30 days.
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:56 PM
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Seed dont take very well. Did the slit seed too.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:47 PM
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Weed is Veronica--I think. Very tough to kill, but mainly a cool weather weed--winter annual. With a bit of luck it will die during July's hot weather. Is the area irrigated?

http://www.msuturfweeds.net/details/...g_speedwell_2/

If seed does not "take" well...you may need to call in a professional to aerate it in mid August. Works best if you seed first--then aerate--as this puts more soil on top of the seed. This should work if the soil temperature is high, but then after you seed, cool rainy weather of September sets in. When the soil temperature is high and the soil is moist, perennial ryegrass should be a quarter inch tall in four days. That is what you need.

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