Customer's Lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by MJS, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,316

    I have a customer who has a lawn (front lawn, the back is beautiful) that is very compacted, very poor, high-acid clay soil where the clover takes over the lawn, and the grass refuses to thicken, despite frequent fertilization, thatch removal, and overseeding. The lawn also dries up quickly when not given water (2-4 days) and goes dormant in the winter. The grass that is there is tall fescue, and fine fescue (creeping red). What is my first course of action to get this lawn back to full health? Aeration, slit seeding, or a complete re-start next spring? :dizzy:
  2. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Soil test first. Bet it shows a lack of organic matter. Aerate and topdress with compost.
  3. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    Mulch around the trees,the grass will never establish well under the trees.

    The red fescue indicates that there is shade in the yard from the trees.
    Mulch the areas where the grass does not grow well and Top dress the rest of the yard with topsoil,and seed.

    I would not wait until the springtime as the roots of the grass establish over the winter.


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