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Killed Lawn - Ground cover ideas?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by chris-sask, May 3, 2001.

  1. chris-sask

    chris-sask LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Hi, I am a very novice gardener in zone 2b (Canadian System)

    This is my second summer as a house/lawn owner coming up.
    I've managed to kill ~95% of the grass in my front lawn in the first summer!

    It is under a large evergreen so there are lots of needles on the ground, which I am sweeping/spraying away - raking didn't seem to actually pick them up. and the soil is compacted. and the loose soil is also being swept or washed away with the needles.

    There are basically isolated green tufts of grass between dirt and needles.

    I can try to plant essentially a whole new lawn - how can
    I improve the soil? re-plant that much grass?

    or I could replace the grass with some other ground cover.
    species suggestions would be welcomed.

    Thank you,
    Chris the grass killer
  2. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    Well, just think about the amount of mowing you're saving on ......
    First off, how big is the area? You are talking about (one?) evergreen? Evergreens usually thrive in ph-rich areas which is not the best for lawns. Then you mention that needles and loose soil gets washed away, is the area sloped?
    A groundcover is always a good option, however I'd not recommend it to cover extremely large areas and definetely not for high traffic areas. There are many different types of groundcover, from evergreens to perennial flowering species, suited for your area and thriving in sun or shade. You'd be best off to consult your local nurseries to see what they recommend for your area; however - for a large area that can get expensive.
    If you opt to re-seed you should dig up several samples of soil (~ 2" deep cores from several spots of the 'lawn'), a bulb-planter works well for that, then have them analyzed. This will help you optimize the soil for your lawn. If the area is sloped, apply straw or burlap over the seeds to keep them from washing out.
    Good luck.

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