Help on lawn for South Carolina?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Otruba_843, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. So palmetto wouldn't work, but zoysia will? I have a hard time believing that. I don't know much about el toro, but I can tell you a mostly shaded yard gets palmetto here.
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  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Zorro sure does test high, i wish there was a side by side comparison between El Toro and Zorro for shade performance. I just know that El Toro work's in the shade but it look's like it might be hard to find. I think that if you can't find El Toro then Zorro might be the grass for you.
     
  3. Otruba_843

    Otruba_843 LawnSite Member
    from SC
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    The grass grows right now but does not spread. Here is what im working with. The backyard does get a few hours of sun a day.

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  4. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    I live on the coast of SC (couple blocks from beach) and installed Jambur Zoysia a few years ago. My four dogs and mostly shade have not killed it yet. I had NO luck with centipede or St Augustine.
     
  5. Otruba_843

    Otruba_843 LawnSite Member
    from SC
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    How is the jambur zoysia growing in the shade? Do you have any pictures of it? Where did you get it?
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  6. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    Purchased at the local Lesco/John Deere in Murrells Inlet. My yard is 70% shade. Do a goggle search and you'll find lots info about it. from your pics it looks like your soil needs some serious rotor tilling and amendments.
     
  7. Otruba_843

    Otruba_843 LawnSite Member
    from SC
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    Thats what I was planning to do. Spray the grass down and rake it up when its dead, rotor till it, then what should I add to the soil before putting the sod down? Also, will I have to worry about hitting irrigation lines with the rotor tiller as long as I mark the sprinkler heads?
     
  8. Wow, you need to aerate the heck out of that. Palmetto would grow just fine right there.
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  9. Otruba_843

    Otruba_843 LawnSite Member
    from SC
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    How much does it cost to rent a plug aerator?
     
  10. wrager

    wrager LawnSite Member
    from ATL
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    DO NOT till in prep for sod. It will be very bumpy for years to come. Just aerate and spread some compost, grade by hand.
     

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