Sod on new construction + soil test

Evergreennj

LawnSite Member
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New Jersey
There is a development of McMansions going up in the area I service. I’ve taken on 5 of the finished homes as new accounts. Only problem is all of the landscaping work done by the developers was poorly executed.
Severely damaged trees were planted, the sod was laid directly on clay and now has spacing wide enough to fit a foot in, plants are dying, and the backyards were seeded directly onto clay and covered with that roll out straw mat that I don’t know the proper name of.
Running the mower across the lawn flat out sucks, it would be smoother over a pile of rocks. Every lot is 1.25 acres and larger so it’s not small areas I’m taking about.
I’ve posted some pictures to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. Included is a soil sample of the existing material beneath the sod. The writing on the data is from an employee at siteone.

What’s my best course of action to start remediation on these lawns and ensure the sod makes its past this year.
 

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Cut n Strut

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Midwest
There is a development of McMansions going up in the area I service. I’ve taken on 5 of the finished homes as new accounts. Only problem is all of the landscaping work done by the developers was poorly executed.
Severely damaged trees were planted, the sod was laid directly on clay and now has spacing wide enough to fit a foot in, plants are dying, and the backyards were seeded directly onto clay and covered with that roll out straw mat that I don’t know the proper name of.
Running the mower across the lawn flat out sucks, it would be smoother over a pile of rocks. Every lot is 1.25 acres and larger so it’s not small areas I’m taking about.
I’ve posted some pictures to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. Included is a soil sample of the existing material beneath the sod. The writing on the data is from an employee at siteone.

What’s my best course of action to start remediation on these lawns and ensure the sod makes its past this year.

Aerate and then topdress. That’ll open everything up and add some organic matter to help break up the clay. That would be my immediate focus, everything else is secondary imo.
 
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Evergreennj

LawnSite Member
Location
New Jersey
Aerate and then topdress. That’ll open everything up and add some organic matter to help break up the clay. That would be my immediate focus, everything else is secondary imo.
What would you recommend top dressing with?
Is it ok to aerate at this time of year, the lawns are irrigated.
 

Cut n Strut

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Midwest
What would you recommend top dressing with?
Is it ok to aerate at this time of year, the lawns are irrigated.

Aerating now is fine considering your situation. I’d use topsoil to topdress. Have a tri axle drop it off and spread it with a tractor. That’s how I do them.
 

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