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New Sod Lawn Problems

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by NW Green, Sep 13, 2001.

  1. NW Green

    NW Green LawnSite Member
    from Seattle
    Messages: 2

    I live in the Pacific Northwest region. I just purchased a new sod lawn and installed it in July. The base for the lawn was atleast 1 in of sand and 1 in of good topsoil. The grass was 100% Perinial Ryegrass. The problem I am having is half of my lawn gets sun the other half is shaded from my house. The shaded side is very moist and sparse. I am thinking about overseeding in the spring with a tall fescue that is better in moist shaded areas. Is this a good choice in seed or is there a better recommened blend for my problem. Also when is the best time to lime in this region?


    NW Lawns
  2. Kansas Turf Man

    Kansas Turf Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    I don't know if I can be of much help mainly due to the fact that I am not accustomed to you particular area. In my area of the country (KS) we have better luck with Kentucky Bluegrass in the shade. I personally grow sod that is a blend of Turf Type tall fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass, When we install this sod in an area that has alot of shade the fuscue eventually dies and the bluegrass takes over. Which I think is a plus in a lawn with sun and shade.

    I find that lawn with sun and shade will have the fuscue/bluegrass blend in the sunny areas and will fade to bleugrass in the shady areas. This fade is not very noticeable without looking close. If you were in my area I would recommend this blend. However since I am not real familiar with you area I have put a site on here that will provide you with some of the best turf information on the web. I hope you find it useful. You may even be able to find a sod producer in your area that grows what you are looking for.


    Good luck

    Nathan Downey

    Turf Specialist
    North American Turf

    HOWARD JONES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Your N.W. area could be a little different, but all cool-season grasses such as Fescue and Bluegrass are normally seeded in September with more success than spring; they will germinate more quickly and will survive the first winter better than the first summer.

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