What would you do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bladewielder, Sep 17, 2002.

  1. Bladewielder

    Bladewielder LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    We mow a new "fine fescue" lawn that was installed (sodded) a year ago. The grass is bagged (per customer request) and watered regularly with a watering system. The problem we are facing is that the lawn is on a hill and enough dirt has washed off in places badly enough that the nylon webbing of the sod is exposed. Somehow soil needs to be added in these areas without being washed down the hill by the sprinkler system or hard rain. I think that given a couple of years of overseeding and growing the grass will thicken enough to stop the erosion problem but it needs soil now. Does anyone know a good way to do this? Keep in mind the lawn is quite large and on a pretty steep grade (too steep for anything bigger than a ZTR without tearing up the turf). Thanks in advance.
  2. gravedigger5

    gravedigger5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Never seen anyone talk about it on here, but we use regular winter wheat seed when trying to quickly establish a root structure on hillsides and high erosion areas. comes up quick and seems to be compatable with KB and TF. If mowed, will eventially die off by the end of next season when hopefully the turf grass has taken over. We do some excavating and this seems to help out. Can purchace at most farm or feed stores for around $7.00 certified or $3.00 regular per bushel. Good luck Marc
  3. MJStrain

    MJStrain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 156

    That's really ingenious gravedigger5. Never think I would have come up with that one. I’ll be adding that little tidbit to my notes for the future.
  4. Ryan Lightning

    Ryan Lightning LawnSite Senior Member
    from CA
    Messages: 554

    If its not a lot of area, Id go get some more sod and patch it in.
  5. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    they do that here all the time when working on the interstate system . they use oats or winter wheat and use broam grass or heavy fescue
    like gravdigger said comes up quik and gives the other grass a chance to get started
    they have been working on I 80 and surrounding roads for over 20 years here im hoping they will finish it in the next 20 years :rolleyes:
  6. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    I wish I could buy Winter wheat that cheap. It makes for a great food plot for deer. I know it's off topic, but I'm getting in the mood. I think the others gave you the right idea. Good luck.

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