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Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Keegan, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
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    Back in late April I put down a 1/2 yard of topsoil where a tree was removed and the stump ground up. I took up most of the wood chips left behind. I seeded it and it germinated. Customer watered daily. The seed never grew more than an inch. A couple of weeks ago the grass began to die and now is just about completely dead.

    Any ideas what happened? Could it be the carbon from the wood chips?
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  2. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
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    How deep is the topsoil? What quality is the top soil?
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  3. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
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    What kind of tree? If it was pine theyre very acidic causing very poor growing conditions. Even worse if those wood chips laid on the ground for a while. We use pine chips on trails on our property to keep weeds down
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  4. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If the remaining wood chips were mixed with the topsoil, the decomposing microbes will sequester N and hinder the growth of new seedlings.
     
  6. RigglePLC

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  7. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
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    About 2-3" deep. The soil came from a local garden ctr
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  8. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
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    The soil came from a local garden Ctr. Who knows where they get it. It's been cooler than normal here in the northeast.
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  9. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
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    If this were the case which I'm thinking it is is there something I can add to the soil?
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