I'm transplanting some grass from healthy areas of my lawn that I'm trimming
back, to thin areas in several spots. The grass is thin and not really
growing probably due to rocky soil (heavy gravel left there from
preconstruction) and also probably due to shallow roots from some pines. If
I'm cutting up small areas (several feet square in several places) how do I
best cut out these roots? They are 1/4" to maybe 3/4" in size. Tried a
tree pruning saw but it curves the wrong way. Other saws, or something else
And, you're transplanting some sort of 'magic' grass, that will ignore, and
somehow overcome the fate of it's predecessor?
If the pines are still there, I'd venture a guess that you'd find /most/ of
their roots, "shallow".
Why would you want to cut them out? They're there for a reason, you know.
The trees' roots are shallow because that's where the food is (and the
water, and the air, etc). If they're actually pines, that may be part of
the problem. Pine needles can raise the acidity of the soil to levels that
most grasses just can't tolerate. So, the transplanted sod will die for the
same reasons the old sod was dying, and the trees will suffer damage, for
no reason at all. Seems pretty much a waste of time, energy, and sod
'transplanted from the healthy areas of your lawn'.
Add some quality, fine compost, and maybe a bit of lime? (A soil test would
be a good idea). Oh, and if you /really/ want nice turf under your pines,
get a lawn vac that will pick up the needles. ;)
The limbs are very high over all the grass. 90% of the grass looks great.
The grass only has small patches that are bad in an overall nice back lawn.
The transplanting I've done so far has worked fine. I just need to get out
some roots so I can dig out some of the gravel and get some good dirt in
those patches. Everywhere there is decent soil the grass is doing fine.
Your question was answered. I also gave you an alternative solution, which
would be more beneficial to your lawn, as well as your trees. Apparently,
you missed it (or you're determined to damage your trees).
-A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
No, I don't need a lawn vac because pine needles aren't a problem. I don't
need compost because the grass I'm transplanting comes with 3" of it's own
"compost" - it's healthy grass with enough dirt underneath transplanted with
it. This tactic has worked fine for me whenever I've tried it, and no it's
not "magic" grass and no the transplanted grass doesn't "suffer the same
He's determined to do it "his way" and he doesn't want to hear that it's
not good for the tree to cut the feeder roots or that the grass will
probably die anyway. He just wants to know of an easy way to do it.
Jeffc. Go rent a sidewalk edger. cut the roots in the pattern you want
and then use the sod cutter to lift the feeder roots in sections. Then
put down your sod and watch the grass and trees die.
I've never done this but I'm sure it will work.
Why do people have nice trees and then insist on killing them because
they don't like what nature does?
No, it's not. It's called piss-poor planning. "Landscaping" would entail
mulching the trees out to their driplines. This would be the end of the
dying and thinning grass problems, due to the pH of the soil being off, for
the proper environment for the sod. But, I'm sure your trailer will look
just fine with the grass around the dying trees. =)
-A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says: "A
You don't have a clue my friend. You didn't listen to a word I said and you
have no idea what I'm talking about. You only want to say what your
preconceived ideas are that fit your limited experience. Just stay out of
the conversation next time.
I have much more of a clue than you do, which becomes more obvious with
each post you make. Keep entertaining us, please.
Oh, I've listened, with great amusement, to the fact that *you* have no
idea what you're talking about. Again, this becomes more obvious with each
post you make.
My 'preconceived ideas' follow industry standards. Your 'preconceived
ideas' begin and end in your own little, feeble mind. Your lack of
experience with flora showed with your OP, and continues to show each time
you hit the send button.
If you want me 'out of the conversation', killfile me. Otherwise, kiss my
ass. I'll be in the conversation as long as you keep spewing drivel.
Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
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