Lawn Diagnosis?!?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by clayslandscape, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I built my house two years ago on a lot that was heavily covered in pines for hundreds of years. The front yard I have growing great as you can see in the photo. The back yard grows in and seems to get to a point where it does nothing more. The last two falls I have overseeded the back yard with a mix that had about 20% annual rye and it comes in great but of course with the heat of a Virginia summer it dies. This year after core aeration i reseeded without any rye and the grass has all germinated everywhere but it has been one month and the grass has stalled at a very young stage... What should I do?

    Starter fertilizer has been added, plenty of lime... should I aerate again this fall? Is it beneficial to ever aerate more than once a season?

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  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Grows in front, but not in back, but has the same soil. Does it have the same water and fertilizer? Most likely cause is a shade situation is slowing it down. Shade combined with high soil temperature kills roots. Fastest turf loss is in August.

    Is this tall fescue? Have you done a soil test?
    Is it weaker when the sunlight is low and stronger where there are more hours of sunlight per day? Remember we have fewer hours of sunlight in the fall.

    I think you are holding your phone upside down.
     
  3. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    It has a Quite a bit of shade. I have seeded a park shady mix back there. The best grass has been when the rue has come in the past few winters and been great til heat. Soil test has been done and pH and nit are good.
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  4. Smallaxe

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    Here again, it is necessary to know what type(texture) the soil is... is it heavy, light or a pleasantly rich loam... does it drain or puddle after heavy rains...

    I've never had an issue with grass on soil with good tilth and humus... so a quick observation of your soil, when it rains, will tell you a lot...
     
  5. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    The soil doesn't absorb the water really fast but it does absorb. I am on a very small slope so it does not stand or pool. I haven't watered the rest of the yard but have been watering short increments in the back because the soil dries out pretty fast.
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  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Learn how to rotate your images.

    Also irrigate and expect to be overseeding every year in heavily shaded scenarios.
     
  7. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    My question is the grass has come to a standstill after germinating and seems to be stuck at about 2.5 inches tall. It' doesn't seem to be maturing anymore.
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  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Grasss seed does that... I believe that the hormones that operate the phototropic design in the plant is signalling a decrease in daylight hours and therefore is concetrating it resources into developing roots...

    "The water doesn't soak in quickly, but it dries out quickly",,, so your solution is short quick irrigation events??? Isn't that counterproductive??? maybe your new grass is signalling water conservation in order to survive the winter... :)
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Blade height is not the only measure of plant growth.
     
  10. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am agree but the lateral spread is not occurring as it has in all the other yards I have overseeded this year.
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