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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DaveFame, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. DaveFame

    DaveFame LawnSite Member
    from Philly
    Posts: 7

    I am responsible for the upkeep of the lawn at my work, my job basically depends on its apperance. The lawn is approx. 4 acres and is on a steep downgrade. I work at an indoor/outdoor concert pavillion and during the summer concert months the lawn holds 18,000 people. I would be fine if the people just would just stand/sit and watch the shows. They do not. They abuse the lawn like I have never seen. Between the dancing and discarded trash, the lawn is 1/2 dirt by the end of the season.

    The things going against me are as follow:

    - the dirt gets severely compacted to a depth of about 2 inches and the grass can't grow back through.
    - the lawn is on a steep downgrade and the run-off fron rain washes off all the seed and product that I place down
    - Before I started working thewre, someone though it would be a great idea to throw down truck loads of sand. It has made the soil completely silty.
    - There is only days in between shows and I do not have enough time to get it to start back up.

    The attached picture is what I can get done with aeration, seeding and stater fert.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    get a new job:)
     
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    cha cha cha cha chiiiiiaaaaa!!!!
     
  4. Davo

    Davo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    LMAO BS

    Could always paint it, Lesco carries a turf paint.
     
  5. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    have u tried slit seeding or hydroseeding u could try the turfblankets they use on golf courses to help in the cold
    is there any time at all that people are off it?
    big roll sod?
    GREEN CEMENT:D
     
  6. DaveFame

    DaveFame LawnSite Member
    from Philly
    Posts: 7

    The thought of painting it crossed my mind. But it would turn into a mess when when it rains and I have thousands of drunk kids rolling around and sliding down the hill in it.
     
  7. Davo

    Davo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    Yeah, i was just joking, couldn't paint an area that size. Sounds like you need to keep people off of it for a while, maybe try annual rye with whatever seed you are using (Fescue?) Or see if they will section off small plots, and rotate the plots when you get a good stand of grass going. Good luck!!
     
  8. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
    Posts: 0

    yeah Davo, Keep people off it for a while..... :rolleyes: Its a place for concerts, you can't have concerts without poeple
     
  9. Davo

    Davo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    trob,
    you just figure that out all by yourself? Very good!
    How about the week Vanilla Ice plays, should be a good time to try getting grass to grow...
     
  10. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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