Strong observation on turf health/quality

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Envy Lawn Service, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've said for a long time that a lot about turf health/quality/vigor directly depends on the quality of the soil it is grown in and what is there naturally.... more so than what some of us like to think about our turf maintenance programs.

    What's there naturally, and cultural practices.... to me those prove to have more effect.

    The reason I bring this up is that it seems to be a lot more strongly apparent during times of high stress such as now.

    What's everyone else's thoughts on this?
  2. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    I've been referred to as the topsoil nazi because of my insistence that all contractors provide quality topsoil on all jobs done for us. In the opinion of many, topsoil is whats on top when construction is complete. Contractors leave, I have to stay behind and make sure the grass grows.
  3. bobcat175

    bobcat175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    Absolutely. Soil type/condition is the basic building blocks of the available supply to the turf. We just supplement what it lacks. I also feel that the maintenance part plays a huge factor on the survival of the turf in high stress times. For example if I cut at a higher height in the middle of the summer I am keeping the soil temperature down by shading it with the turf. Cut it low and you end up with burnt grass from the sun heating up the soil. Of course water plays a major role but I have plenty of ledge and the grass is burnt around the rock where it heats up and the soil temp is higher.
  4. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    Here is a pic of my back yard. I made the lawn bigger a few years back using leaf compost alone. You can see the line where the compost starts. Plus, the area that is burnt, there isn't enough loam. Time to start spreading that compost out over the existing lawn.

  5. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Great example of what I am talking about!

    In addition to this, where the soil has natural goodness, the turf withstands the elements or lack there of much better. Plus, if the heat and lack of rain really turn the grass dormant, these areas are the first to green right back up with just a little rain.

    Here, the issue has been drought. It was dry, then it was total drought for a month and a half or more. Then we got 3/4", then dry again a while, then a little rain here and there, but still dry.

    Some lawns and areas have really bounced back well. Some of them have even been looking pretty prestine for a few weeks now... while others are still fryed dead as a doornail.
  6. drmiller100

    drmiller100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    if you try to grow turf grass wihtout sufficient nutrients or water, it will look like crap.

    welcome to the pro world.

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