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Renovating two lawns : one 2 Acre the other .5

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bdoss123, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    Both of these lawns have established grass that was neglected for several years. By neglected, I mean that it was not mowed to correct height, nor on any schedule. As a result, there seems to be about a 75/25 split between the fescue and broadleafs. It is worse in some areas, and better in others. Can I simply try to control the broadleaf and then ammend/slice/seed in the fall? These are not commercial accounts, rather rental properties that we need to get up to par.

    A side question: On the .5 acre yard it seems that fescue is the predominant type of grass but there are two sections that seem to have something with a much thinner blade. Both areas are in the shade, so I thought the the past owner might have tried to use a shade-tolerant blend. Either way, I was wondering if these patches will interfere with successful growth on the new lawn.

    - BD
  2. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    I know somebody can shed some light for me.... ! Will using the broadleaf killer + slit seeding do the trick or am I going to have to roundup and restart?

    - BD
  3. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 693

    Broadleaf now, overseeding in early fall sounds like the best plan to me.

    Overseed the shade areas, too, and may the best adapted grass win.....
  4. dcgreenspro

    dcgreenspro LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 688

    turfproslt hit the nail on the head. You don't need to redo the areas, just control the weeds, take a soil test and fix the problem. also, the grass in the shade was eithier fine fescue or rye.
  5. bdoss123

    bdoss123 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    Thanks so much for that info. Can't wait to get these yards looking good. Turfco slit seeder / dethatcher sound like a good tool for the job?


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