are you afraid to show off your lawn?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by birddseedd, May 19, 2012.

  1. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    birdseed, don't feel bad, I was in the same position as you. :weightlifter: I haven't even gotten to the landscaping yet. I'm still with a work in progress on the lawn, after the lawn is situated and growing how I want it to grow, then I'm going to do some major landscaping renovations. I'm currently drawing up an led night lighting setup for the cedar fence we put up when we first moved in. Still have a long ways to go though. Just finished up with some nice flower beds up front with around 25 flowers, (under my old ladies maintenance). But once I get my lawn on golf coarse par, I'll start dropping some money into some landscaping. We did come a long ways though since we bought the property. Once was nothing but compacted soil where nothing would grow but weeds.

    When we moved in after fence installation:

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    One Year Later:

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    Year and a half later: After some composting / leveling, down to less than 1"

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    And a lot more work to go on the grass before I can even think about landscaping! :cry:
     
  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    what kinda grass is that?
     
  3. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    Pallisades Zoysia. Getting cut at around 13/16ths of an inch now every three days. Will be feeding a dose of A. Sulfate in the a.m. with some water, my reel is in the shop getting sharpened and back lapped and then back to cutting Monday.
     
  4. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    thats some weird lookin grass
     
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    looks good tho

    why so short?
     
  6. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    Seeing that your in Michigan I guess your not used to Zoysia. lol It's just waking up for the year, but as you can see from the second picture from the bottom in the middle of the summer, it's an awesome looking grass, very lush and soft and the kids love it. It can be 110+ out here and the last year I could go 10+ days without water and still have the only green lawn on the block under water restrictions. As for why so short, it grows much thicker, similar to Baramuda. Zoysia and Baramuda is what's used on our fairways.
     
  7. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    KBG and fiscuse up here mostly. Off fairways and greens

    Bring so short doesn't make it prickley?
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  8. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yepp, I figured you guys were mostly fescue and KBG. You guys have the perfect grass for striping which is nice. As far as making it prickly, not at all. Zoysia has very, very, very soft blades. I can walk on it barefooted and it feels as if I'm walking on rubber. If you had bare or thin spots it sure wouldn't feel nice, but generally Zoysia the shorter you cut it, the better it performs or in other words the more shoots that come up and the denser it grows. It grows thick enough to where it will give a rotary mower hell and bog it down if the lawn is kept right.
     
  9. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actually, at most heights, zoysia is so woody that cutter without a shearing action does not work well. Your next investment needs to be a Maruyama Landscape Blade. So the parts next to the fence and around trees matches the main lawn. String trimming is for weeds, not fine reel mowed turf.
     
  10. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    That would rip through bark and fence wood real quick
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