Most efficient way to thicken a lawn.

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by dmc456, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. dmc456

    dmc456 LawnSite Senior Member
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    What do you guys recommend to thicken a lawn?
     
  2. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
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    Add more seed.
     
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  3. buttaluv

    buttaluv LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
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    Aerate/overseed/fertilize
     
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  4. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
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    To add if you fix the reason the lawn is declining it usually starts to thrive.
     
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  5. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    aerate, add seed, fertilize , fix soil just depends
     
  6. Yatt

    Yatt LawnSite Senior Member
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    Generally good fertilizer, especially with some phosphorus will thicken up turf.
     
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  7. buttaluv

    buttaluv LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
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    Forgot to add, do a soil test!
     
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  8. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Gold Member
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    In shade or full sun or ... ?
     
  9. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    If the grass is cool season raise the deck to 3-4"; get on a good fertilization program, water as needed during dry periods and as others have pointed out do a soil test if none of these changes helps.

    A Penn State study done several years said the best thing to thicken and improve a cool season lawn was to cut it properly.
     
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  10. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Iowa State showed the same thing. They showed the best results mowing twice a week instead of once a week. That with proper moisture and fertilization will do wonders. All bets are off if you have a crappy variety of lawn seed already in the lawn. In my area I hate lawns with a lot of fescue in them. I am not talking about TTTF but the fine or chewings variety.
     
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