Do you think fescue seed will grow if...

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Ric3077, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    Do you think fescue seed will grow if a customer has a back yard with about an inch (or two in some areas) of crushed stone, and I top dress it with about 4 inches of loam, then seed it? She wants to save on the cost to remove the stone. What do you think?
  2. StBalor

    StBalor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 798

    I have a yard like this. the yard has patches of stone through out the yard under a few inches of soil. It will do fine in the spring. those areas are the worst hit when the heat starts coming in. They turn brown and stay brown for a long time after. Nothing there to hold the moisture except the top few inches of soil.
  3. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    The grass will grow in the 4" of loam. But, you will have an isolated soil above the gravel. That means that it can not draw water up from the soil under it in times of drought. It also means that the soil under it (including the gravel) will not take water out of it until it is saturated. That can make prolonged periods of mud.
  4. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    It would help if you put some clay over the stone it will help hold the moisture. Clay is in expensive. As someone else stated it will dry out plus your loam might settle down in the stone over time giving less thickness.

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