hi. looking for some advice. i bought a new build house in mid-november
and the lawn had been freshly laid for our arrival front and back. since
then we have had a very bad winter (as you are all probably aware) and
the lawn is very patchy with straw coloured patches all over. i'm a bit
concerned as i don't want to lose the lawn and was wondering if there is
any experienced gardeners out there who can give me good solid advice to
make my grass nice and green..........thanks.
Is this the first time you've owned a lawn?
You want advice? How about this: Wait until spring.
And also - why are posting via gardenbanter? The banter servers are so
lame, and many are blocked/filtered on sight because they are used far
more often for spam.
At this point that is about all he can do. It would also be helpful
if when asking for advice people would state where they are located,
what kind of grass, was it laid as sod, etc. I hope it was properly
watered before going dormant. In any case, if it's cool season grass
and it gets cold, it's perfectly normal for it to look straw colored.
Depending on the grass, some will lose color slower than others, but
if it gets cold enough, well into the winter they will lose color. A
reference point is always what do the established lawns of neighbors
look like? Even then, you really have to compare similar grasses.
Here in the NYC area some dummies plant Zoysia and it looks like straw
from early Nov until May. My tall fescue usually looks partly green
Hi, I am looking for some direction on placing sod over an area
covered lightly with dirt but with a lot of tree roots underneath.
Is there a problem with putting sod over the roots?
On Feb 11, 2:03 pm, iainahannah <iainahannah.
Yes, here's the advice:
1) don't post your question 3 times.
2) read the replies that have already been posted. If you did, you'd
a) waiting until spring is the obvious answer
b) identifying your geographic location helps those that want
to answer your questions. You're somewhere in the US (I
could do an IP-geolocate if I cared).
3) many trees can handle at least 6" of soil over their roots, right up
to the trunk. You don't state what these roots are from (what type of
trees or bushes, etc) but it probably doesn't matter anyways.
Some trees tend to have roots that run close to the surface and they
are a big problem when trying to grow grass. The roots limit the
area for grass to root and suck up water and nutrients. Combine that
with shade under the tree and it can be impossible to grow turf
there. You need at least a few inches of good topsoil. If you
grading allows, you could bring in some good topsoil. However, you
may find that in a few years the tree roots just move into that new
area as well.
They don't have to be large roots. Some trees have thin roots that
still form a dense mass and will indeed grow up into new soil. Norway
Maples are one species well know for this problem. If the roots
didn't want to be closer to the surface, they wouldn't have grown up
there to begin with.
Thin roots won't be a problem for grass. Especially if you cover
existing roots with 1 or 2" of soil, especially if you then lay down
If you cover surface roots with soil, they can't magically lift
themselves up and back to the surface. If they send out smaller root
shoots back up to the surface, it will take some years before those
shoots become a problem - if ever.
Having grown up in Michigan, I know that, in the winter, straw-colored
lawn is normal. Any green grass during a Michigan (or Minnesota, where
I also have lived) winter is pretty unusual. Don't fret over it. When
warm, rainy weather returns, then you can expect green grass. In the
meantime, enjoy the snow!
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