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Is there a name for this type of turf condition?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by openbook, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. openbook

    openbook LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    I would describe it as super turf. I've seen it at a wells fargo last year. The turf is so irrigated and thick it doesn't even resemble grass anymore, it's kind of like a mushy carpet. The color I think was even brighter green than normal. After cutting there would be tons of clumps to either rake up or try and blow back into the turf. The tips on the grass would also brown more than normal because it was so thick and hard to mow.
    Does anyone know what that might be? If I see it again this year I will post a pic.
  2. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,258

    Maybe we could call it "overfertilized."
  3. FYS777

    FYS777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,305

    Over fert, over water, dull blades. my 2 cents
  4. Midstate Lawncare

    Midstate Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    is it the last lawn green and the first one brown throughout the season?... if it is it's probably zoysia grass.
  5. openbook

    openbook LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    I don't think it's zosyia. Probably what other people said over fert and over watered.
  6. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,736

    Cut it taller so as to provide more space for the clippings to fall into and disperse. I'd go at least 3"...or better yet 3.5"-4" and side-discharge if possible...as opposed to mulching.

    I had a lawn like this last year that was unbelievably/unnaturally(??) thick and dense. It was over-fertilized/over-watered (Ryan) and grew like wildfire...AND, there was a pride/ego factor going on as well. I asked to mow 2x/week and the homeowner didn't want to pay for it...so he mulch-mowed Sunday's and I mulch-mowed it Thursday's until July...after that I had to side-discharge it mowing 1/week.
    B-E-A-UTIFUL lawn/turf...and an absolute nightmare, too. :realmad:

    He's doing it himself this year and cancelled with his Ryan fert guy...as per my recommendation, unless he was willing to mow 2x/week...which he'll need to do this Spring anyways. :rolleyes:

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