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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by solblanca23, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. solblanca23

    solblanca23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I just Bought my first home and I'm trying to get the lawn in shape it looks bad. and there are a lot of roots, how do i reseed and fix the exposed roots problem. Thanks. :confused:





  2. solblanca23

    solblanca23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I really need some help!
  3. mark123

    mark123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 486

    I'd move. :p

    Joking aside. Hiring a local pro is probably better than taking direction from a perfect stranger online which is why I am editing this post.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2010
  4. mark123

    mark123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 486

    I should ask though if you just want it to look acceptable (a little better) or do you want a lush, thick lawn to cause the neighbors envy?
  5. poncho62

    poncho62 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    Those surface roots can be cut off......or covered with dirt if you prefer, depends on the grade. Trim the rest up, seed and ot will look 10x better in a couple of weeks....Go from there
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Do NOT cut those surface roots! lol Very bad advice!
    We need to know two things...First, where are you? Second, I would like some shots of the yard with all the trees - so we can see the size and the driplines of them. If you can tell us what kind of trees they are that we can't see, that would be helpful, as well. I see that one pile...is that leaves, or is that mulch from where a stump was ground out? This is certainly better off to be a complete reno, but don't let that scare you...it's not as bad as it sounds. we can walk you right through it. I've done this before with a few other home owners on this site, and they ended up with beautiful lawns. :)
  7. Outdoor_Maintenance_2010

    Outdoor_Maintenance_2010 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    yeah cut the roots to kill the tree..lol
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It won't necessarily kill the tree, but it is DEFINITELY detrimental to the stability of the tree.
  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Good advice runner. You may not know it sol, but you cannot grow grass under trees very well due to the shade and the tree soaking up most of the ground water. I would advise to incorporate some flower beds around some or all of your trees and leave the surface roots as they are. You also want to limit the amount of fill you apply over the roots as this can also kill the tree. Sometimes grass is not the answer to bare ground.
  10. GrassStitcher

    GrassStitcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    Those surface roots are only going to compete with the lawn more and more every year. If you are not willing to remove the tree, then mulch as much as possible around the base (or alternative ground cover) and reseed all other areas. Spreading topsoil will do no good, those roots will just find there way to the surface again. Use a Grass Stitcher www.grassstitcher.com, keep it handy because you will need it often, those roots will continually beat up the lawn.

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