what to put on ugly sod??

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by hobbsd, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. hobbsd

    hobbsd LawnSite Senior Member
    from west wi
    Posts: 448

    I have a really picky customer with a patch of 2 year old sod that is geting thinner and uglier as we speak.

    The growth is getting lest, the blue grass is dying etc...

    It was layed on a moderately but overly compact base

    The rest of the lawn is looking great, but this part has shallow, weak roots and a poor look.

    The area gets plenty of water.

    Is there something that I can apply that will help??


    Thanks!
     
  2. mnturfmaster

    mnturfmaster LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    Sunlight? Is it getting plenty of sunlight or is it in a very shady area? May have to introduce some perennial rye into the area.
     
  3. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 664

    compost and lots of it. i would aerate this fall, topdress with compost, and then overseed with a lower maintenance grass. blue is a pain in the arse.
     
  4. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes, and if sunlight isn't a problem....time for a soil test.
     
  5. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Soil test and then slice seed some blue in this fall.
     
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    You got a bad piece of sod--put in a new healthy roll of sod.
     
  7. hobbsd

    hobbsd LawnSite Senior Member
    from west wi
    Posts: 448

    The areas have lots of sun. Both areas are on fairly poor topsoil, so is top dressing the only answer? Shouldn't I be able to fertilize or something to compensate?
     
  8. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Fertilizer will help but there's not cure all for poor soil other then an amendment.
     
  9. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A lot of new or potentially new customers have sod die out around the two year mark. I don't know why for sure. Too juiced up from the farm pushing top growth instead of root growth in it's early stages? I have had good success slice seeding into the existing sod.

    A soil test is a great idea.
     
  10. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,457

    spray paint
     

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