help with some bare spots

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by 944own, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is a yard I picked up late in the season this year. The owners had put down sod around june and most all of it died, they fired the guy that was taking care of the yard and I started mowing it around august. I plugged and seeded it about 3 weeks ago and so far this is the outcome, it is doing allot better than before but there are some bare spots like the one in the pic by the mailbox any suggestions on what I should do to get the grass to come in around these spots you can see in the pic the spot is still loaded with seed.

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  2. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the 3rd pic is the front yard before and the 1st pic is the front yard now that i have put down seed a few weeks ago.
     
  3. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I always stress to people that seed is certified to have a certain germination rate. Which means it is viable seed, if it doesnt come in it is always becasue joe homeowner didnt have the time to water it. I never guarantee seed jobs, how can I when I am not watering it.
     
  4. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know but this family has a very nice irrigation system that I set the timer on for them I have been watering it on the system for 12 min 4 times a week and we have been getting rain. I am going to mow it tomorrow at about 4in and I am going to take a small foot kick aerator and some fert seed mix to spot treat and see what happens. thanks any other ideas would be great
     
  5. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
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    also I know I did not guarantee anything and the homeowners are cool with the progress, just want to do the best I can for them thanks
     
  6. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
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    Why the huge diff between what looks like the side and the front?
     
  7. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I really dont know it has been that way since I have been cutting it, the back yard is very small and it looks a little better than the front but not close to the side. I know it is getting water though in the front it was covered in weeds and I spayed it and that is why it is so spotty but it killed all the weeds.
     
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Did you use a power seeder or just drop it on the ground? Also near the mailbox a rake will help get the soil over the seed better, but 3 weeks you should be seeing something there. What seed mix did you use and when was it bagged?
     
  9. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just used a manual lesco spreader i will try to rake that by the mailbox tomorrow and I used the john deere landscapes lesco fescue mix and I think it was bagged about 3 years ago but really not sure does that sound correct.
     
  10. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The bagged 3 years ago may be the problem, did you buy it from lesco or homedepot?
     

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