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This is what my lawn looks like...

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by unknown user, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. unknown user

    unknown user LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I want to revive my lawn, to a nice, strong, green lawn.

    What should step 1 be?(besides picking up the sticks) :) and what should I do after that?

    I have a sprinkler system installed, what should the water set-up be like?


  2. mwalz

    mwalz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    I'm not what you would consider a "fertilizer" expert, but what i do, is put some lime down for a good soil base. Let that sit a week out 2 to get it nice and fertile. Then i do Scott's crabgrass protection, let that down a few weeks. Then do scotts weed and feed. You need to identify what type of grass you have in order to find the best program suitable. The one i do is already nice thick zoysia grass. Looks like you need more than just fertilizer.
  3. mudball1224

    mudball1224 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    First step is to take a soil sample to make sue your PH is right. Then you can make a plan and go from there.
  4. unknown user

    unknown user LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    How do I find out what type of grass do I have and find out the PH? Do I take it to a nursery or something?

    Also, besides the use of scotts 4-step program, is their other similar 4 step programs?
  5. Twinlakes

    Twinlakes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    Fertilizer ONLY will bring out what's mostly there.
    THEN, choose the right herbicide. If you want something done/started ASAP.
  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,970

    Step one:

    Charge up sprinkler system

    Step two: flag heads

    Step three: rent sod cutter

    Step four: cut up all that nasty shizz , the lawn and it's soil are done.
    Time to start over.

    Step five: Measure the new area to be seeded. *example 100 feet by 45 feet is 4500 sqft* then figure yardage of top soil needed.

    Step five: find a good loamy soil, then buy it, and have it delivered.

    Step six: buy 20% of the yardage of topsoil in peat or other organic compost mix

    Step seven: check irrigation and repair anything broken.

    Step eight: install top soil, then mix in extra organic liberally.

    Step nine: grade properly, then light up the irrigation system and water it in.

    Step ten: fix any grade or water settling issues, after water has settled and dried, lightly rake soil to promote a bit of "fluff"

    Step eleven: spread 1/4 to 1/2 of the seed you will need by hand, then hand rake in using the back of the rake to promote goof soil/seed contact

    Step twelve: hydro seed using 3/4 of the seed you need.

    Step thirteen: set irrigation clock to water 10 minute intervals three to four times a day, until grass has germinated to a light green fuzz, then water twice per day. After the first mow (typically three weeks), set watering schedule to once per day except mow day, and 15 minutes.
    Once lawn is fully established 3 times per week 15-10 minutes.

    Step 14: realize somewhere around step 4 you need to hire a contractor and realize what you want will cost $10,000 or more.
  7. unknown user

    unknown user LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I should have started reading from step 14 and ended at step one!

    I'm not familiar with lawn stuff and how much it cost, but what part of it would cost $10,000 to get a contractor?

    Is the grass really done? would renting a sod cutter be the expensive part?
    is their anything I can do that is cost effective?

    I would love to start new with the front yard and get rid of all the sod but the back yard... would take so long and the back isn't as bad as the front.
  8. unknown user

    unknown user LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    When you mention done/started ASAP, is it because I'm doing it to late?

    If it's not too late, then what are my options (in your opinion) that I could do if not wanted done ASAP.

  9. Twinlakes

    Twinlakes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    No, not at all.

    ASAP refers to wanting to see results immediately.
    A boost of fertilizer will get everything growing; but the "standout" grass will/should be evident.

    Not being "on-site" & having to rely on pics:

    I'd do as I stated.

    Of course, you could weed & feed. Which "Weed&feed"would be my question. Whether it's actually weed&feed is an unknown at this point. You might just need to apply a particular chemical?

    I'd say get a fertilizer on it to see which is; "only the strong survive" mentality.
    With the current resources at hand; It's a roll of the dice without some professional help. On-site.

    Otherwise, what Pendergast said.

    Best advice I can offer without more info..

    I do appreciate the reply and further interest though,
  10. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    Nice snow mold. Rake the lawn lightly then cut it short and slit seed with a good starter fertilizer. Some of the affected area might come back but I'd still slit seed. Check the crowns of the grass and see if its still alive. Taking will help get O2 to the crown which will help.
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