Need serious lawn help

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by shlammed, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. shlammed

    shlammed LawnSite Member
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    I live in the greater Toronto area. I moved into a house almost exactly a year ago that was one year old (before I moved in) but wasn't purchased yet.

    The grass was fine when we moved in and I barely watered it all summer because of the amount of rainfall that we had.

    Now my problems started this spring. I'm not sure if it's because I didn't fertilize at all last year or this year but basically a lot of my front lawn is going brown even with watering. Some parts of the front lawn are so bad that when I cut the grass I don't even have to go over that part because it really doesn't grow.

    The soil was compacted in a lot of the areas so I had it aerated. That was about two months ago and I can still see that many of the holes in those areas haven't even closed up. I'm not sure what to try next. I did seed in a few spots and where I did it seems to be growing just fine. It's the existing grass that doesn't grow at all.

    I'm trying to figure out if there is anything I can do about the grass not growing and the browning without actually digging that area up and re-seeding it all.

    I can post pictures when I get home if it helps.
     
  2. shlammed

    shlammed LawnSite Member
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    after doing some research i think my lawn may need a good top dressing

    I guess July isn't exactly the best time to do that though
     
  3. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sounds if your aerated holes have not filled in you are having a compaction problem, I would aerate overseed and top dress. If now is not a good time to seed in you area you may want to aerate top dress only then do it again and add seeding to the process in the fall. And fertilize!
     
  4. shlammed

    shlammed LawnSite Member
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    aerate again even though it's only been two months since it was aerated the first time?
     
  5. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    if those holes are still open it sounds severely compacted and some hole may have filled in. Yes I would aerate again and top dress. Those holes should be filling in, are you watering enough? Maybe drought stress is a problem as well. Tough to say without being on the property in person.
     
  6. shlammed

    shlammed LawnSite Member
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    well i did more inspection today and i noticed that the soil is getting sandy around the troubled areas and along the curb of the street.

    I've tried watering these areas more than others but it doesnt seem to help.

    I'd like to top dress but since its the middle of July I'm not sure that it will help right now because the grass may not be growing as actively as it will say in september when it gets a bit cooler again.

    what do you think?
     
  7. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Pics please in order to assist you properly.
     
  8. shlammed

    shlammed LawnSite Member
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    pics coming up after dinner :)

    actually my wife is taking forever maybe ill take some now haha
     
  9. shlammed

    shlammed LawnSite Member
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    here are the pics of my front lawn

    one of them is zoomed in pretty close

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  10. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    1.What height is the grass cut at?It looks like about 1.5 which is WAYYY too short especially for a cool season grass like you should have.Needs to be 3 inches and not one mm less.

    2.Its not that bad,I don't see any weed issues and it just looks thin.

    3.Have you had a soil test? If not get one that will tell a lot.

    4.This lawn looks like it could be fixed rather easily at the right time of year which will be in about a month when fall arrives.All you can do at this point is water the hell out of it and see what growth you get.

    5.What type of grass is it? Do you even know? Hard to tell from the pics.That would help too.
     

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