different techniques for starting a new lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by The Curious Porpoise, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    i assume that the only two ways that professionals install new lawns is either by seeding and sodding? no one messes around w/ sprigs, stolons, or plugs, do they?
  2. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    We compost seed most of our lawns. A one inch layer of compost is blown onto soil with our bark blower truck. Seed, fertilizer, and polymer are metered into the compost on the truck. A temporary automatic irrigation system is set up as part of the contract. This method is a little bit cheaper than sodding. No mess from straw blowing around. It's a good option for new homes that are certified as 'Green Built' or for commercial buildings that are 'LEED' certified because a waste product (compost) is used to establish the lawn. With proper watering, compost seeding produces a thick stand of turf in 3-4 weeks. (But so do other methods) We try to steer customers away from sod because of problems with necrotic ring spot a few years down the road.

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