Best/Fastest way to get your lawn back to normal

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by vtruong, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. vtruong

    vtruong LawnSite Member
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    Hey All,

    I just got a 9 zone irrigation system installed in my lawn. The contractor used the Vermeer vibratory plow.

    My question is what is the best way to get your lawn back to normal? Right now I have have a lot of humps and clay (in VA) in the lawn. The clay is slowly washing away with watering and rain but I dont see how the grass is going to grow back in some spots without reseeding.

    Ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Reseed , starter fert and lots of cutting. How bad is it? Typical install will not have humps and will show no signs of install with in 2 cuttings.
     
  3. vtruong

    vtruong LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for replying...

    Its been 1 week, just had first cut in the front (first 2 pics)
    I also took the first 2 pics through a window so you might see some extra spots.

    Pics below:

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  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Fire the system up, run water enough to get the existing turf happy. Topdress the
    dead areas with topsoil, seed, roll, mulch enough to hide the seed. Set the controller
    to come on three times a day (or so, depending on weather) for a short time; 5 min.
    works for us. You want to keep it moist, too much water will kill the seeds.
    Send us pics of the sprinklers in action, we like that. Cut the lawn short before doing the above.
     
  5. vtruong

    vtruong LawnSite Member
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    Mike,

    Thanks for the reply and advice, I'll definatly give that a try. Does the lawn damage look excessive?
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nope, it's normal for either pulling or trenching.
     
  7. vtruong

    vtruong LawnSite Member
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    OK , I knew they hit a few big rocks while pulling so some of the spots look worse.

    I was outfitted with all Rainbird 1800/unispray spray heads and 5000 series rotors. Rainbird ESP Modular timer and Rainbird valves...(dont know valve model)
     
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Components are fine, don't let the others scare you about RB products. Valve is probably a DV100 or DV75

    Honestly, it's not the quality of the parts that will give you a good system. It's the quality of how well it was designed and installed.
     
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looks typical, watering a few cuttings , it will be fine.
     
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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