How to Make a lawn Thicker grass wise.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NEUSWEDE, Apr 4, 2003.


    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,147

    I have just started out and one of my customers wants their lawn to have thicker grass growth, they have a dog and in the summer don't water much. The old company they used raked and aerated the whole lawn in the fall and put down fertilizer. What can I suggest to do to make the lawn thicker? They seem to think they from their dog it has becoem spotty from being burned, anything I can do about that??
    I will get pictures and post them
  2. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    If I remember correctly... to get a thick lawn you want to:

    cut moderately short
    use moderate amounts of fertilizer
    and use moderate amounts of water.

    That's just what I remember from some notes.
  3. AielLandscaping

    AielLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    suggest to them to keep their dog off the lawn. or they can chase it around with a hose to dilute the dogs urine. as long as the dogs there, there will be problems.

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,147

    So people with dogs don't have a chance to get a good lawn huh. That sucks, guess I will keep my dog off my lawn when I get one.
  5. turfcare

    turfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    As long as they keep the dog in the yard there will always be a problem. I would overseed in the fall, add lime to the yard and find the dog a new place to stay.
  6. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    To get a thicker lawn you will have to do a soil test, fertilize as needed, lime as needed, aerate, over seed, mow regularly and water for growth.

  7. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Thats like saying I want a Mercedes for $10.00 The dog will continually do it's business on the lawn leaving spots. If they don't want to water regularly then there's not much you could do. Tell them to get some zoysia. :cool:
  8. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Mow at the recommended height, as well as the recommended intervals for the specific turf.
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    aeration and top dressing
  10. hoffmanlandscaping

    hoffmanlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    Sounds like one of my customers laid sod down in their lawn last spring came in great best yard in the sub. Then they got a dog that dug everything up flowers, grass everything left paper shredded in the yard. She then quit watering it because she said her water bill was a little high but still expects the grass to be lush. The ground is in the river bottoms nothing but sand and gravel I laid down about 6" of top soil and then put down the sod but the ground just drains to quick not to water the lawn. She ask me what I could do for the lawn this year spotty and holes al over. I said get rid of the dog or get him out of the yard. Then put in an irrigation system. Of course neither happened just fertizlied, areorated and overseeded.

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