Lawn Problem

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by clayslandscape, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    It is TTTF.
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  2. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    I cannot help you further as in my experiences TTTF doesn't do well in these shaded areas too well. Slopes isn't better suited to grass of this growth patterns. Fungus, damping off, and other problems of water and drought.....heat keeps it from fairing well.
     
  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    In cases like this......I opt to the customer to build a retainer wall, allow for drainage, backfill and plant shrubbery. Then the area where the TTTF is growing well, there is not more problems of getting new seed to take on a slope. Problem solved as I have seen other LCO's in my area break their back, subdue to constant migraine's and scratch their heads in seeding areas like this. I don't fool with things like this that may lead distrust and money costs with customer's. I like repeat business, but the wrong repeat business isn't fair to any customer..
     
  4. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    When I aerated two weeks ago, I went over this area with my exmark stand on very heavily and pulled pretty decent plugs.
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  5. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    You can go even less expensive with border blocks and ground cover in the ivy or pachysandra family.
     
  6. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    In any case, don't allow for headaches. This area may not be prime for seed growth. Too much shade, wrong time of the season for sowing, poor drainage, no organic matter, poor seed quality, birds eating up the seeds........something.
    I don't allow to become involved with headaches like this. Either plan out a solution.....it will cost the same up front to do the improvements or the customer will pay it out in the long run with repeated non-effective seeding.

    I am only advising based on my area experiences. We are on a rock embossed clay ridge surrounded by the Mississippi river Delta basins........great for AGriculture.
    Our Ridge....Crowley's Ridge is nothing more than rocks!! There is soil in there somewhere but mostly rocks.
    Unless you can build up that hillside with 5-6 inches of topsoil to make a good seedbed, then that hard looking tree root infested soil will be futile to fool with. The shade and poor nutrient effects that soil looks terrible.
    Normally, I will terrace areas like this and add groundcover, or low growing shade plants. Problem solved.
     
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    twice a day watering, is not the smart way to go at all... the surface of the soil becomes as smooth and as waterproof as asphalt, 2 weeks after your aeration is done... besides,,, too much water and too much fert is all wrong for shade... look 3" below the surface of the soil with a tiller and have the client do it right... twice a day irrigation under trees is about as mis-managed as one could possibly get,,, unless you are on sand... are you on sand???
     
  8. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Any more opinions? What should I do or tell this customer?
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    What do you mean? tell the customer?

    Either give the money back or make it right...

    You thought aeration helped create a seedbed that would grow grass, while suffocating the seedlings with too much water... big mistake...

    Here's what you do for free to make it right:
    slit seed and leave the watering out of it at this point... dormant seed when the ground is about to freeze and add more seed in the early Spring... learn from this error and forget the opinions and excuses... :)
     
  10. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Please stop propagating this nonsense.

    And that is what it is, despite what you may believe.

    He isn't getting good results because grass isn't meant to be grown under the dark, dry conditions right under a tree whose root system is sucking the life out of everything around it. It isn't that complicated.

    Dig out a mulch bed, that is what should be under the canopy of a tree. Not grass. I know homeowners hate this because they are lazy and cheap, but that is what should be there.
     

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