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High traffic damage?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by the.hines, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. the.hines

    the.hines LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Any idea of what to do to a yard that is starting to look pretty muddy from high traffic area? I was looking into maybe overseeding with some winter rye grass but I kind of need a quick fix for this one?

    Thanks Shawn
  2. the.hines

    the.hines LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    This is just a little bump to the top...
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Sun or shade? Whats your average temps there? Is it light weight traffic or heavily compacted?
  4. ericlemson

    ericlemson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 173

    rye is pretty fragile and wont stand up to the traffic. Might need to try another alternative. Unfortunatly without knowing more about the area, I cant suggest anything.
  5. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    yeh we need a little more detail. rye is not the answer at all.
  6. the.hines

    the.hines LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    It is going to be a full sun area. Temp are well it is Nashville TN. Soil seems to be a clay mixture. The high traffic area is from the dogs running around the yard. It seems they created trails down the fences. I think I would like to get some sod but I am not sure where to go this time of year? I don't need enough to go to the farm and buy a pallet.
  7. ericlemson

    ericlemson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 173

    if there continues to be high traffic, then rye wont work. Bermuda sod would be a quick fix, but would eventially wear down as well. Might need to think up a different alternative, not involving turf.
  8. DavisLawn

    DavisLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    i also have a yard like this and would like to hear advice from you guys... mine's in a shady yard... the drought and her WANTING to do the yard when its damp has been tough on the yard.... any ideas?
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    the only problem I have with my lawn is the fact I can't see the dam thing under all this snow.....
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,553

    Not sure if it is warm enough for rye grass--or did you mean actual grain winter rye. Either way I suspect you need temps above about 45 degrees for most of the day.

    Does anybody have a suggested crop that would grow at temps below 45 degrees? Winter peas--maybe?

    Try to spread out the dog traffic particularly when grass is dormant or soil is wet.

    Put a few lawn chairs, picnic tables, bicycles, 57 plymouths on blocks --whatever you have--to block the path of the dogs and guide them to where you want. Change the pattern every week.

    If you have to--put down flat paving stones in the heavily trafficked areas.

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