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Before & After *MANY PICS* with a few minor issues

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Daddys Truck, May 27, 2010.

  1. Daddys Truck

    Daddys Truck LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    I think it was back in February when I posted here with my problems. Thanks to your help, here's where I'm at.

    Original post
    http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=150396

    It's been 6 weeks since I tilled, added compost and laid the seed. I've been watering twice a day for the last 6 weeks.

    The back yard seems to be doing quite well. It's growing nice and even but not quite as thick as I'd like. However, it's filling in slowly. I'm having a problem near the wall with weeds and now mushrooms. As you can see in the pics, I had a serious weed problem and it seems like it's not going away. Now I'm growing mushrooms which I didn't have before.

    When we first moved in.

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    For the back yard I have two questions.

    1. What can I use to make it thicker?

    2. What can I do to get rid of the mushrooms and weeds so they don't take over again?

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    Here you can see the weeds near the wall along with the mushrooms.
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    The front yard is not growing as fast as the back. It's about 60% grown in and very patchy. It's also not very long like the back yard. I laid seed the same day as the back yard.

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    Any suggestions on how to make it thicker and longer?

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    I have a little crab grass in this area.
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  2. Outdoor_Maintenance_2010

    Outdoor_Maintenance_2010 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    yea i remember your post

    looks way better,

    some lawns that im mowing looks like what you used to have,didn't rain here in like 3 weeks
     
  3. RDA

    RDA LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Honestly, because of the relatively small size of the areas and it appears you have a dog, I would hand pull all the weeds (be sure to get the roots). I wouldn't worry much about the mushrooms at this time, collect them up and get rid of them. I too have random spots of mushrooms that pop up at times but they are gone nearly as fast as they appear.

    I would use a slow release fertilizer, preferably organic or compost based to attempt to really build the organic matter in your soil. It appears your soil is probably lacking a bit (not bad, just could be better).

    I would overseed, aerate and fertilize in the fall.

    Don't worry, you will be able to get it thicker if you take care of it. What type of grass is it?

    Regards,

    Rich
     
  4. Daddys Truck

    Daddys Truck LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    The grass is Fescue with 10% Bluegrass. Ya, I have two dogs. I recently took down the temporary fence since the grass seems strong enough now. So far I've been pulling them by hand. I just don't want them to get out of control. Hopefully they'll stop coming in.
     
  5. RDA

    RDA LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Well, I have a TTTF (tall turf type fescue) lawn with a little KBG mixed in (the KBG is older, I am slowly squeezing it out by overseeding with TTTF every year) so I am familiar with that grass. I would have thought that fescue would have been a little tough to grow in such hot conditions (again, assuming here) but possible. Fescue can be very durable and able to deal with low water at times if you get it good and established. The roots can grow very deep, that is what you want as it will make it the most durable and it will make the most of the water and nutrients.

    Also, it is best to mow it tall, the taller the better (encourages deeper roots and makes it harder for weeds to grow), eventually you want to mow it at 4". I mow mine at 3" the first few times of the season, then 3.5" a couple of times and then 4" throughout the summer until I drop down to 3" the last couple of times before winter (not sure all that will apply to you where you live).

    It has only been six weeks right? Well, it looks like it is well on its way to me. Grass is pretty thin at first as it continues to establish itself. Fescue can take up to 21 days (and KBG even longer) to germinate so don't be surprised it if continues to show more grass in the next couple weeks and thicken in general.

    Regards,

    Rich
     
  6. Daddys Truck

    Daddys Truck LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Thanks. I did a lot of research and a local sod farm told me that this was a popular grass in my area so I decided to buy their seed. I mowed the backyard once already barely taking off the top of the grass. My main concern is the front yard. I hope it looks like the back soon. I guess I'm just impatient with the front since the back is looking better. My neighbor down the street did his front yard the same day I did mine and his looks just like mine so I don't feel too bad. I'd be pissed if his was thick and full.
     
  7. RDA

    RDA LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Thick and full is very difficult on new grass, the grass is naturally thin at first (i.e., the leaf is thin and the number of plants are less). As the plants estabilsh themselves, grow taller and thicker and spread (fescue spreads very slowly, KBG much better), you will be more pleased.

    Keep at it, the tortoise wins this race.

    Regards,

    Rich
     

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