leaves killed grass

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by nightshutter, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. greydog4u2

    greydog4u2 LawnSite Member
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    I have a small problem, I have a potential customer who want`s me to patch two areas in his lawn where very large stumps where ground. should the area be excavated,or could it just have topsoil and seed fert be added
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I planted and laid sod over stumps before without any long term problems. They were ground down 6-8" below grade.
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  3. greydog4u2

    greydog4u2 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, Iwas concerned that the wood chips would decompose and create a depression in the lawn.
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I cleaned up the ground area, with some of it 2" deep only, and filled it in to level, with topsoil and seeded over the top of it... In July...

    After a couple of weeks you couldn't tell where the stump used to be... Even the annual rye no longer marked the spot...

    Next spring, it came back with everything else, no problem... :)
     
  5. greydog4u2

    greydog4u2 LawnSite Member
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    Appreciate the input. That`s what I kind of had in mind Also was wondering if mushrooms growing in these spots would be a problem later on.
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Mushrooms are a product of too much water while at the same time decaying wood near the surface... Interesttingly enough the mushrooms occurred over the old roots, 15 feet away but there was never mushrooms over the stump... :)
     
  7. greydog4u2

    greydog4u2 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks,think you answered my question.
     
  8. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from UT
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    So this lady wants me to seed. She also wants me to put fertilizer down on her lawn when i come out. I would not be putting the "spring" fertilizer on the newly seeded parts. Would i be better off waiting a few weeks on the seed to avoid possible run off? I would be using granual fert. How would you approach this. do which first and wait how long?
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Spring Fertilizer" ... What does that mean?

    Does it mean, that the Spring Fertilizer has Pre-M in it according to the 5 step "Scott's Regimen"?

    Then it is NOT fertilizer... rather it is an Herbicide with a useless amount of N along with it!!!

    Ferilizer has nothing to do with seed germination, including P, IMO... Pre-M herbicide, has a lot to do with germination, and that isn't anyone's opinion... that is the nature of the beast...

    Get off the H.O.s gimmickery lawn care commercialism and start functioning as a pro. according to horticultural sciences, that teach us how living things function and live...

    No offense... :)
     
  10. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from UT
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    none taken..

    yes its a herbicide. I should be more careful with my wording. its a pre-m.
    thats why im skipping the newly seeded areas. thanks why i asked the question.
    I plan on having a 1-2 ft "buffer" zone. My question is will that be enough? I know a herbicide will kill the seed.


    would you wait or just have the "buffer" zone?
     

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