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LAWN RENOVATION UPDATE...Thanks LS for all the help

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by LawnForceOne, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Very good decision to loosen up the soil after being levelled with a skidster,,, especially with compost... :)
     
  2. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,842

    I hate ryegrass. The "new wave" are the improved turf-type tall fescues. Deep roots. Disease resistant. And the newest cultivars of TTTF's also have "spreading capabilities". Here's one we seeded this spring after 3 weeks. The area was pretty much "bare dirt".

    1) we spread the TTTF grass seed on all thin/bare areas
    2) we "core aerated" these areas multiple times (about 3 or 4 times)
    a) this prepared the seed bed
    b) this relieved existing soil compaction
    c) this greatly improved soil-to-seed contact

    What we used:

    'Earth Carpet' 4-way blend of (dwarf) turf-type tall fescue
    TURFCO XT5 hydrostatic core aerator

    Slit seeding/drill seeding or topdressing > we tried these methods over the years. Problem was these methods are "cheap shortcuts" imo. You can't expect seedlings having much of a survival rate unless you give them a chance in decent growing conditions.

    We buy our seed from Lacrosse Forage. :usflag:
    This example was one of 20 lawns we seeded May 6 and May 7. 2014. Results are similar on the rest of these lawns.

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  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    No argument there...

    We are dealing with a whole different environment however....

    To really do it right,,, Poa Supina should be put down in Late Summer...
     

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