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Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Land & Garden, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. Land & Garden

    Land & Garden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    A new customer of mine has neglected their lawn for some time and it basically looks like the Sahara desert with a few areas of weeds and sporadic Bahia here and there. Customer is getting hard time from their HOA and has come to me to ask me how I can revive the yard as quick as possible. I’m asking the experts in here if there is anything short of telling her that her only quick option is to resod? She seems to think that putting it on a watering schedule and fertilizing will bring it back. Thoughts?
     
  2. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 1,719

    Sod is the fastest way to a new lawn. Watering bare dirt doesn't grow grass usually just weeds. You'll have to at least put seed down, plugs, or sod if it's bare dirt. I know very little about southern grass so maybe someone more knowledgeable can help in best type and variety for your area.
     
  3. Todd73

    Todd73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Florida
    Messages: 1,222

    My immediate though was to re-sod, especially if she’s got an aggressive HOA on her case.
     
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  4. Land & Garden

    Land & Garden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    That’s what I’m thinking too, but not sure if she’ll go for that expense.
     
  5. Todd73

    Todd73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Florida
    Messages: 1,222

    What’s her HOA entitled to do if she doesn’t get the yard going quickly?

    Fines?

    Fix it for her at her expense?

    She is going to have to weigh her options depending on her HOA’s power.
     
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  6. Land & Garden

    Land & Garden LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Good questions. I mean water and fertilizer at this point in the year will grow weeds. I’m not sure it’s an effective time to seed a lawn, I was thinking that option too, but if she needs quick solution it has to be either grow weeds or put down sod.
     
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  7. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,535

    If all else fails seed with annual rye and water. She’ll have grass in a few weeks. That will buy her some time to save money for a sod install.
     
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  8. Todd73

    Todd73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Florida
    Messages: 1,222

    Good call.
     
  9. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 4,408

    Rye now. When growing season starts plug bare areas and hire someone to treat the lawn for weeds & etc.

    Insist that she maintain the lawn consistently throughout the year.
     
  10. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,535

    She better because that rye will need mowed once a week.
     

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