Hey all, I'm new to the group and hoping to figure out a way to save my
brand new lawn.
I had a pal roto-till the whole lawn area and even it out, before I spread
the lawn seed. Makes SUCH a difference! :)
I have a quarter of our back yard, (70' X 80'), fenced off for our dogs'
run, (run is 70' X 20'), all filled with sand. It's great because now we
have enough room to have a very very nice 'people yard'. :) And we have a
seperate stairway for the dogs, to get to their part. It works very well as
hubby is in a wheelchair and can let them out from back door.
Anyway, just after it's third mowing, to about 3 inches, (a shady/sun fescue
mix), we had the usual guy come to spread more sand in the dog run. He'd
always dumped it from the back, (which leads to an alley), and used a
smaller back hoe to spread the sand out, along with the guys with rakes. We
specifically put in a big double gate for easier access for the back hoe.
This time, however the newer guy thought it would be *easier*
, (for him!),
to just pull the huge dump truck into the yard and then dump all of the sand
together, at the closest-to-house area, then go on to the smaller back hoe.
Needless to say my lawn, which was coming up just beautifully, now has a LOT
of huge tire tracks in it, and the grass has been trampled to under the
dirt! Is there ANY way I can save this? Or do I just have to reseed the
I did put down a lot more seed than I usually do, and the lawn is so
luscious and full! Do I need to water more often, (as I was told by a
neighbor), if I've overseeded?
My Dad has had his 'envious' eyes on my lawn, <g>, which literally had about
ONLY 20 or so weeds in it! This was *my*
thinking on keeping the weeds out,
by over-seeding a bit. It's worked so far, and it only takes me about 5-10
minutes of weeding, to get it ALL out.
So I guess I have more than one question, eh? :)
Was I wrong to overseed, and do I need to make up for that with extra
And more important, will I be able to save the lawn done in by the track
(I will notnotnot listen to my Dad as he is the world's worst lawm guy! <G>
(Great big 'Green Thumb' for everything else that grows, but never has any
luck with a lawn, even tho I tell him not to fertilize til Sept, maybe in
April, but not all the time during the summer.)
He always starts off with the most gorgeous lawn on his street, then he
thinks he has to *fertilize*
it like crazy!
",,,,if some fertilizer is good, more will be better......"
I'm sure you know the type, er, um, maybe *that's*
why I over seeded? <LOL>
Anyway, he insists on fertilizing his lawn many times during the summer, tho
by the second time he does so, his lawns *melt*
, and he starts over, and
over, same damage, until he winds up buying sod, which he then over
So, I will not ask him for help, and more to the point, I have told him if
he goes anywhere NEAR MY lawn with fertilizer, I'm siccing the dogs on
him!!! <EG> (Yeah, a golden retriever, 14, a female lab, 9, and a lab mix,
9,that love his treats daily! <g>
I had to physically restrain him the first year he moved out here near me!
I'm glad to have found this group and am looking forward for some advice,
for which I will say "Thanks!" in advance!
MaryBeth andthe pups