Dimension is down.. what would you do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-Scapes, Mar 28, 2002.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810


    I went to aerate an account today that I picked up late last season and there was a large (15'x15') brown patch in the middle of the front lawn.

    The owner called me an hour ago (noticing I aerated) and asked if I saw the brown patch.. I said yes. I asked her what happened? She said she didn't know. I said.. was it an all of a sudden thing or did it start small and progress? She said it was small and progressed to what it is.. in 3 weeks time. I said.. why didn't you call when you first noticed it? She said she didn't think it would turn into this.. "maybe I should've called huh?" I said YES.

    Anyway she wants to seed it. I told her the dimension went down and she would have to wait..

    My question is.. what can I do to seed as soon as possible? Can I put top soil over the area and seed (creating a barrier between the seed and dimension)? Till it under and add soil?

    The thing that sucks is that the entire (42,000sf) lawn needs seeding.. It's very thin (lots of dirt showing) all over. I offered to aerate and seed last fall.. but she declined. If I seed this little spot.. the rest of the lawn will look much worse than it already does!

    What would you do?

    Let me know.. Thanks
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Did you spread dimension on that big 15x15 area, knowing that the customer would "probably" want to have it fixed. Why also did you Dimension when she wants the whole lawn re-seeded?

    Not cutting up your procedures, but I would have just skipped it and called them before doing anything.

    What caused the 15x15 brown patch area?

    LAWNS AND MOWER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,129

    TLS- If you'll reread TSG's thread, you'll notice that he offered to reseed in the fall and the lady declined. Also, the lady doesn't want the whole yard reseeded, just the brown spot. You need to pay attention to details. Seems like you had this problem the other week about headphones. Read the thread twice and slow before you post.

  4. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810


    I might not have made myself clear. I didn't do the application (I know who did). I just aerated.. today. She wants to know if the bad spots (an old bare spot and this new dead area) can be fixed...

    Like I said the entire lawn looks like crap.. but this spot stands out more now because it's completely dead. If I seed this area then it might stand out as the only decent grass... OR it may be a waste of time altogether because it's on a bank, all day sun with no irrigation.

    She should've called someone when it was a small patch.

    I dug around and didn't find any insects?? So I don't know.. Are grubs active at this time of year?

    If she wants it seeded.. should I till it? Will that do it?
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,698

    You can try watering the area heavily for about a week. This might wash the Dimension out or dilute it enough to let grass seed grow.
  6. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Just what are you trying to say? That I dont pay attention! :angry:

    There is nothing in his post or my post that indicates any need to RE-READ his post.


    The Dimension is a pre&post emergent crabgrass/weed control product. It produces a barrier which prevents the germination of said weeds. You just ruined the effectiveness of this application by aerating today. All those little holes are now breeding grounds for the crabgrass to germinate.

    Has the Dimension been watered in? You may try and blow (push blower) all remaining granuals (was it granular or liquid?) off the bad area, scratch it up add a little topsoil, and hope for the best. Tell her you cant guarantee success. Although I think you'll be OK with that.

    Could this be a bad area of last years crabgrass still dead from the winter?

    I'm trying to help you out here, just don't like the way I was just jumped on by L&M. :rolleyes:
  7. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    I think the Dimension will bite you in the behind, because it controls post-emergence control as well.
  8. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    Maybe sod?

  9. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 363

    Seed the area for her, then she may notice how bad the rest of the lawn looks and how good it could look. Maby she would want ya to seed the rest then.
  10. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    Well, this is a great reason why to do all the work yourself. First, you must figure out what happened. Any auto's in the lawn idling for a ling period of time, any mower fuel leaks, have any workers fueled a mower on the lawn? Did the fertilizing company have a spill? What kind of grass is this?

    You may be able to till and fill with new dirt and get some results, not sure.

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