HELP!

Hello . I have one year old bluegrass sod. Sand and clay soil. We were not advised to add top soil (I wish we had). Last October the lawn went dormant yellow brown. This spring it looks bad slow growth. I had it aerated and de-thached but there is still a lot of dead grass present I am trying to rake it out. I have applyed Scotts products to supply nitrogen, iron and stimulate root growth, its get plenty of water..and no dice. There should be an inch or two of growth by now ...slow growth slow to green. I cant afford to replace $8000.00 of sod WHAT CAN I DO?
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sodworry wrote:

"Help" is a special word, escpecially when SHOUTED. Please use it properly.
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If you spent $8000 on sod, what does the company that installed it say? I certainly would have them looking at it and giving an opinion. Did you get any kind of guarantee? It's impossible to diagnose this type of thing remotely. It can even be difficult to diagnose by inspection. You say you were not advised to add top soil, but how much top soil is there? You should have at least 6 inchs of decent soil, 8 is even better. How frequently are you watering it? Too much water and nitrogen can do harm by promoting fungus and disease, particulary in hot weather. At this point, you should probably be watering it twice a week, with about 3/4 inch at a time, unless it rains. It should not be constantly wet or soggy.
At this point, I'd contact a local agricultural extension, if they have them in your area. In many areas, these are free and you can typically find them in the county govt listings. You can take them a sample and they will give an opinion.
I would also ask them for a recommendation for a turf consultant. You can also find them listed in the yellow pages or the internet. A good one may charge $500 for a visit, but if you've got $8000 on the line, I would get one real fast. These guys are typically professors at agri colleges, ex-professors, etc. with lots of experience. They usually consult for golf courses, sports fields, parks, etc. Check their credentials. If it turns out there was something wrong with the sod or how it was sold, their expert opinion could be needed if you want to try to recover money from the sod installer.
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Wuzn't that a 60's tune?
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^^^^ never mind ^^^^
That wuz, don't mess with bill.
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Kentucky bluegrass should not have gone "dormant yellow brown". If it's bahia and yellow-brown in the winter it's probably dormant. If it's Kentucky bluegrass and yellow-brown it's probably dead.
You may be about 5 months too late to effect a solution. Take out a big piece, roots and all, and take it to your extension service ASAP, preferably along with a photo of your entire yard, but expect the worst. Then take your sample and the extension service's comments to whoever installed the sod and see what they'll do -- Regards --

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