Exposed root systems, no grass will grow

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by THKitty1, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. THKitty1

    THKitty1 LawnSite Member
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    We have a customer who requested a soil test because they cannot get any grass to grow in their back yard. Yard is full of trees, (Not a tree person, don't ask me what kind) and the root systems are majorly exposed and branching all throughout the yard. Yard almost never gets sun.(because of the trees) I'm reluctant to take their money for the soil test because I feel the test won't help them. I think maybe sending them to a certified arborist is a way to go? If so, any recommedations? I'm in Oakland County, MI
    The damn trees should never have been planted the way they were to begin with.
    HELP!
     
  2. Imulchmore

    Imulchmore LawnSite Member
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    trees and grass competing for the water ...the tree will always win...larger roots
     
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    tree and grass competeing for sun...it sucks to be short...

    my back yard has some maples and thin grass, I was able to lift and thin out the trees some some and the grass bot better, but cutting around the roots was a major pita so I now have a "naturalized" woodland in my back yard...once a month with roundup to take care of any weeds and I'm good...
     
  4. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    if you need the assistance of an arborist then call Rick @ Mountian Top Tree Service in Northville, MI

    hes one of the best around...we sub all of our tree spraying to him
     
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Many everygreen tree's also make the soil more acidic and prevent grass growth....or so I've heard.
     
  6. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
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    That's what I've always heard too. Especially pines. What I did in my back yard under some pines is raised the lower limbs to about 8-10 feet from the ground, to let the light in. And lime it real heavy. I've got grass and it's stayed for about 3 years now.
     
  7. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    try topdressing with 4" of loam and seeding with tall fescue
     

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