New lawn progress and questions.

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Drakon, May 13, 2012.

  1. Drakon

    Drakon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    It’s been about 3-4 weeks since the seed and straw mats went down and we got a fairly decent amount of germination going, but I'm not sure what to do. The lady at the place we got the straw and compost said that she’s always been told to remove the mats after the grass gets going. Another guy that works there said he's been told to leave them. My dad says I should pull them up at least the top lair of the green netting (it’s got one on each side with the straw in-between. I'm wondering the pros think and maybe it depends on how its going so far. I've noticed the areas where there is less of a concentration of straw I have more grass and the areas where there seems to be clumps of straw less grass. My main concern is when I planted an area on the side of the house a couple years back and removed the mat(it was a wood curl mat) the grass died after about a week, but that summer was horrendously hotter then normal, I had planted pretty late, and the grass wasn't even 2 inches tall. There are a few spots now if I step down I can feel the grass under it. Also I guess my final question is the watering situation. So far I’ve made sure its gotten rain or water every day. At its current progress what do you recommend for watering; continue daily water or weekly watering.

    Thanks all.








  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Definately lift up the green nylon netting at the surface, before it tears up the grass, when it is removed... we had that in a lawnmower one time, becuz who ever laid it never took responsibility to clean it up...
    can you even remove the straw mat w/out disturbing the grasslings???
  3. Drakon

    Drakon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I should be able to but I'll test a couple areas to be sure. So I take it I should remove both the top and bottom layer of netting and just put the staw back and water it in a bit, or has the sraw served its pourpose. I could always bag it up and compost it, or spread it out when it comes time for the first mow and just mulch it in. I'm hopeing to mow in the next couple weeks.

  4. Drakon

    Drakon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Apologies for the self-bump but I thought of another question, should I wait to mow when the grass is taller than my neighbor’s yard. And should I buy a reel mower? Looks like I can get one for about 140$ I’ve seen a few places that they are better for the lawn with how they cut, and hey I can use the exercise.
  5. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    A reel mower isn't really necessary for taller cool season grasses. A normal rotary mower will do just fine.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Has the netting come up w/out disturbing your grass???
  7. Drakon

    Drakon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    The couple areas I tried the grass pulled straight out without grabing and there was no grass leaves left in the mat, unfortunatly the mats woven to the point it all has to come out and I wont be able to just lift off the netting in stages. I'll probobly pull the front and sides tonight and the back tomarrow if I run out of time. I have a 5gal batch of compost tea brewing to put down shortly after.
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    If it wasn't for the nylon netting it could just be left to decay down... a good shot of CT is a useful start...
  9. Drakon

    Drakon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Yea this will be my second batch, my first one went down right when I started seeing the grass peeking through the straw. I'm planning on weekly or bi-weekly application. Need to do some further research but the 6 week results from that harvard vid was quite impressive.
  10. BTC

    BTC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    What is CT?

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