Just bought first house - lawn care/seeding questions

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by CTD_Crazed, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. CTD_Crazed

    CTD_Crazed LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys, im not a new member here, however i havent been on here in quite a while, as ive had no need to be haha. Anyway i just bought a home here in Iowa with lots of gorgeous landscaping and many oak trees.

    However, theres a lot of yellowing/dying of grass and theres some bare areas with absolutely no grass in what id call a mainly shaded area between garages and one area behind house.

    So what im needing to know, is what type of seed would work well in those areas, and what id need to do to get the lawn looking luscious and green again throughout 100% of the yard. I have included some pictures to help with the descriptions etc and only have access to generic run of the mill garden and landscaping stores.

    I apologize beforehand for some of the pictures as your trying to look through deck side etc.



    Lawn Facing South West
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    Lawn Facing East
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    Lawn Facing North East
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    Dead/Bald area between garages (garages on E and W side of area, open to the N and S

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    Another of dead/bald area between garages
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    Dead/Bald area behind house facing North
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    Another behind house Facing North
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  2. CTD_Crazed

    CTD_Crazed LawnSite Member
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    Also, heres an aerial photo to help place everything and see how everything is laid out

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  3. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Those first three picture's look like normal winter turf, not dying grass. Those tree's aren't doing you any favor's though, did you know that a full grown oak tree can suck up to 800 gallon's of water a day out of what look's to you like dry soil. And shade and restricted airflow is really hard on grass. You should consider not having anything but bare ground under the dripline on those two big evergreen's in the first picture. Improve the air and sunlight everywhere and re-evaluate when the soil warm's up.

    I can guarantee you have major compaction in the area between the two garage's. Year's of footstep's in that area have caused that. If you can improve the shade situation, that will make a big difference, but you still have to deal with the compaction. Ryegrass is your best bet, seeded at eight Lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Alway's mow at your mower's highest setting. Use very little water. Remember that spring seeding probably isn't going too make it through the summer, Sept 1 is the best time to seed. Good luck.
     
  4. CTD_Crazed

    CTD_Crazed LawnSite Member
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    ok well, i dont have any plans on pulling trees or anything, and your saying to till the ground under the evergreens? what exatly does that do? i dont have a problem with that, but im not about to try dropping trees hah!

    Thanks for tip on seeding....i would have tried to seed in april or may!
     
  5. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
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    don't till the soil under the drip lines of any trees. you can and will do tons of damage to the roots of the trees. aeration with over seeding is what you want to do. and as far as the spots directly under trees that get no sun and would need endless water i would do a mulch bed.

    also the tree in the 5th picture down i would get that cut down asap. hate to tell you that but if that was on my property that would of been removed before the papers were even signed, that tree scares me that much.

    can't tell you what kind of seed to use not sure of your zone and if its cool, warm, or another grass. i would say call lesco or another fert. distributor in your area and see what type of seed the recommend.
     
  6. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    No,no... i'm not talking about tilling, that will cause major damage, or cutting down anything. I'm talking about tree ring's like this -

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  7. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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  8. CTD_Crazed

    CTD_Crazed LawnSite Member
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    awesome, and yeah i can mulch around the trees, makes for a good place to put maybe a few plants too
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Agreed. Surprised that hasn't split apart already. Not a question of will it, but when.
     
  10. CTD_Crazed

    CTD_Crazed LawnSite Member
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    yeah, i will have it removed at some point, but right now the agreements are already done, papers were signed in Dec so ill just have to watch it and remove when income allows.
     

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