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Question about lawn

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by hawee, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. hawee

    hawee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I'm located in austin, and our fraternity house front lawn is just all dirt. I wanted to place grass in the front lawn to make it more appealing, but we do have events and parties where people will be on that lawn. Will this be a pointless try?
  2. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Thats why there isn't any grass there now.
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    about how large is the area, in square feet- if you can guesstimate?
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    I have to assume it is also highly compacted. Efforts to cover it with sod or trying to seed a new lawn will not get long term results without relieving the compaction issues first. The roots will not be able to penetrate the soil and live for very long.

    As I see it you have two options: relieve the compaction issues by rototilling the soil to a 6 to 8 inch depth and adding soil amendments then sod or seed or cover the entire area with mulch and forget trying to grow grass.
  5. hawee

    hawee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    The font lawn is about 14' x 30'.
    The ground is really solid and tough and we have some weeds growing.

    Any other options.
    This part of the lawn pretty much is where a lot of people hang around during parties. We just need to find some solution to get rid of the dirt because when it rains it becomes muddy.

    Any ideas.
    I appreciate the help.

  6. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    rock maybe? You could try sodding it so they don't kill the new grass, but even then I don't know how it will hold up to high traffic.
  7. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    How about making a new patio up there. Maybe a type of garden area w/ some seating.
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,851

    gravel or mulch.......... forget about grass
  9. MassSteelerfan

    MassSteelerfan LawnSite Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 45

    You could try a ground cover, which needs little care and can take a beating once and a while.
  10. Honeybee Texas

    Honeybee Texas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

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