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what would you do?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by birddseedd, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    i'v got a guy going over to take a look. cant do much with the rain atm anyway
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't think dichondra is common around here. Too cold here.

    Wild violets are a possibility.

    Ground ivy is similar. Perhaps you do not have much background in weed identification.

    However--the first step is really correcting whatever caused the problem to start with. I suspect it is a shade problem. If that is the case--sod will not help--sod is grown in full sun--it will not adapt to less than 6 hours of sun per day. If you resod...take the check and run...chances are the sod will not last more than 6 months in a shade situation.

    You did not mention the soil type or suggest it was hard. Couldn't be TOO dry as lots of rain occurred lately.
    In my test, I found sod can be laid over crabgrass--but it needed plenty of water--as I laid it over crabgrass during a warm dry month last summer. It looks fine at this time.
  3. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    your right. i am not an expert in plants. typicially i just snip a branch and take it to my nursery and they tell me what i need.

    ground ivy looks like it aswell. does it grow purple flowers?
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Purple flowers. Yep. Both violets and Ground ivy have purple flowers. Take a look at the photo of ground ivy in bloom on the MSU weed page. The bloom is not present except for a short period in spring.
    I should point out that ground ivy has runners that spread out over the ground; put down roots and establish new plants. It also has square stems. GI also smells a bit like spearmint--as it is a member of the Lamiaceae, the mint family.
    Get a spray company to apply Roundup; kill the weeds and the old grass. You can wait for it to die--or just go ahead and resod after a couple of days.
    Put down new sod. There is a chance the old sod (if not too far gone) will revive after a few weeks of good care and water. Try to use it elsewhere.
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    probably just ground ivy. i'v got a guy going over there to look at it and see what he can do. ill give that to the customer as an option to pay the 3rd party guy separatly. else he will just have to deal with having to mow the ivy with the grass
  6. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    he says its wild violet. so i guess weed treat it and hope it gets rid of it.
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    So, is he still refusing to pay you? If the rain greened it up and a mowing takes care of the ivy in appearence I would demand payment.
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  8. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yea pretty much. but there are some dead spots on the turf from not being able to water it after install. I think i can reuse some of the sod.

    I didnt stagger it all that well either.

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