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Fire for dethatching

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ricktaco, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. ricktaco

    ricktaco LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    For the past several years, I have burned the dead layer of zoisia off of my lawn when it is too thick. This works pretty well but I was wondering if anybody knew more about this. Any information when to burn, any drawbacks, better methods, etc... Thanks, hope you all can help.
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Being from the north I cannot comment on Zoysia per se, but we burn here in the spring just b4 living plants break dormancy.
    IMO, burning and leaving behind the potash for a nice greenup is a far better idea than raking up and removing it.
  3. ffemtmcd

    ffemtmcd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    Early spring - like in the next 3 weeks - I don't think I've ever seen a homeowner burn his own yard though - u have acreage??
  4. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Good question for your local University Turfgrass Extension People. I remember my grandfather always burned off our Buffalo Grass lawn when I was a kid and it is a first cousin to Zoysia.
  5. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,282

    I have a guy that just did this to his st augustine, claims it works great. I will take some pics next time I am there and then take some more pics in a few months once the grass grows back.
  6. JPsDuramax

    JPsDuramax LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 346

    We used to do it to Bermuda during dormancy...had great results. The burn bans have eliminated this possibility for us anymore, so no more being a pyro.
  7. EagleGrounds

    EagleGrounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    How do you do it? Do you spray something over the grass then ignite it or what?
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Once you ignite a spot and there is not enough mass for the fire to spread, then I would think burning is not your best way.
    I like to move mine around with a handheld blower.

    REDNAX LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Used to watch the "dad's" gather with a few extra long hoses and do a few yards on a Saturday morning; very=early 1960's Dallas. City soon put that idea to rest, BUT it produced a great looking lawn, albeit a few weeds.

    A friend still did his out in the countryside in the 1980's. Invariably the best-looking lawn later in the season. Were I to do this, in Texas, I'd burn then core-aerate & fertilize just before spring rains hit in March.

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