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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Toy2, May 18, 2005.

  1. Toy2

    Toy2 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,924

    Homeowner down the street asked me about replacing the existing lawn with St. Aug.....I told them the grass needs to be removed and maybe some topsoil installed then the sod......today I drive by and the homeowner was installing the sod over the lawn...it looked like the lawn was scalped???Will this take?
  2. Todd's lawncare

    Todd's lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from P.A
    Messages: 548

    I don't know . But i have a ?? about sod and large company did some here looks real good but . It's a real dark green and the other stuff is light and you can tell . It's been a few weeks and is still the same . I was wondering if it will always look like that or will it blind in ???? Sorry but i was wondering .
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    it should be fine, the old grass will just act like an absorbant soil layer to hold water and nutrients (provided it isn't compacted making a water pan)

    the sod is dark green because the sod farm pushes insane amounts of N through their grass to get maximum growth to get it off the farm faster. On the other hand the seeded grass may not be as green because it is thinner (and more soil is showing), has less nitrogen or is a different variety of grass. Assuming it is a similar or the same blend of grass the rest of the lawn will green up to match the sod.
  4. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    It should be fine.As long as he keep it watered, twice a day an hr each zone.

    Yeah Todd it should blend in. Sod may of come from a diffrent area then where its at now, just needs to adjust to your local area.
  5. cuttinjoe

    cuttinjoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I scalped a few small spots and also a couple of road ditches before laying sod and it took.
  6. Todd's lawncare

    Todd's lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from P.A
    Messages: 548

    The grass thats there is real green but the sod it DARK i was just wondering it would look funny if it didn't blind . And i don't do sod at all thats why i asked .
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    its probably a different variety of grass.
  8. oughtsix

    oughtsix LawnSite Member
    from oregon
    Messages: 10

    I have been told that fertilizer with iron is used on turf farms to get that deep dark green color?
  9. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    Often sod producers will apply heavy(6-12 oz per thousand) iron applications just prior to harvest. The whole purpose of sod is that insta-wow factor in the first place. It's also their new billboard in your neighborhood for their product, so they want to make as big of an impact as possible. Of course, different farms have diferent ideas of what they are after in color and thickness. With bluegrass seed alone consisting of over 750 varieties, there are certainly huge differences using plants designed for deep color(midnight for ex.) Assuming proper care is taken of the old and new lawn, there may be a significant difference between the two parts for a long time. The bright side? Likely the abuse, neglect, soil compaction, lack of fert/water/mowing properly that facilitated the need for sod in the first place, may soon have the new grass looking as bad as the old, a perfect match! = )
  10. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    It will probably take, but what was wrong with the old lawn? Compaction, weeds, uneven? If those aren't addressed, they'll just become the new sod's problems too. Especially if it were compacted, I cannot see anything grabbing a good root hold on cement.

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