I was wondering if you could give me some advice about my lawn.
I laid it 2 years ago with turf, but my garden gets very water logged in
the winter, and doesn't get much sunlight so doesn't dry out very quick,
the result being a lot of bald patches, especially around the edges
which are sloping and along the path which the water runs off of onto
To try and resolve the problem I have laid a border of chipping all
around the edge hoping that the water will drain away there.
What would be the best thing to do now to get the grass back to looking
like it did when we first laid the turfs, should I overseed it or would
it be best to re-turf it?
Any advice would be very much appreciated.
On Sunday, April 8, 2012 7:24:43 AM UTC-7, pussycats46 wrote:
to get the grass back to looking LIKE IT DID when first laid. re-turf it.
Personally, I would reseed w/ a good mix of grasses specific for your area and
that little micro climate you got going on there and do a good top dressing.
Again, not the quickest.
If you'd like to make it look good for a year and keep throwing money at
it, re-turf it. And repeat every year. Not too appealing for most of us.
I'm dubious that a border of stone chips will really solve a serious
drainage problem - that usually takes pipes/tiles (in ditches with stone
chips) under the problem, draining somewhere else, or some serious open
ditches that most people don't want in their yard (garden). Perhaps
you've essentially managed a perimeter ditch, if it can drain away
somewhere. If so, a pipe in it would help matters (appropriately sloped
so water will drain.) "Slope" works better than "hope" for drainage.
You may also simply not have adequate sun for good grass growth even if
you get the drainage solved. Grass likes sunshine. Moss, pachysandra and
myrtle (to mention 3) tolerate less sun, but are not as useful for
walking on or other turf lawn uses, of course.
If the drainage is solved and there's adequate light, reseeding will
work (more slowly, but also at much less expense than re-turfing.)
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Please don't feed the trolls. Killfile and ignore them so they will go away.
All good recommendations. Improving drainage usually requires a
professional land management company, most DIY projects need to be
repeated several times, never work well, so cost much more than paying
for a professional from the onset... in most cases because of their
vast experience a professional will see an easy inexpensive solution.
A seeded lawn is a much stronger healthier lawn. Sod/turf laid down
never actually roots into the soil and requires great attention to
precise watering... typically automatic irrigation is a must, manual
watering and moving hose sprinklers about turn out to be an exercise
in futility... there will be constant replacement in sections or whole
regardless the level of care... only advantage is instant lawn, which
is the only reason it's used.
With a seeded lawn one can choose an appropriate blend for prevalent
conditions... sod/turf is almost always a prettier but much more
delicate grass... sodded lawns are not suitable for foot traffic let
alone play. With seeded lawns one can reseed, overseed, thatch, and
perform a number of remedial functions. With sod what you see is what
you get, it cannot be improved by any manner other than replacement.
Sod is typically used by businesses where money is no object, or
private people with more dollars than brain cells.
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