02:55PM | 09/05/05
Member Since: 09/04/05
1 lifetime posts
Hi, I need some help and recommendations. About 7 weeks ago our neighbor started a garbage fire, which he left unattended, that burned out of control. The result was that due to the draught and winds at the time we lost almost 16,000 sq. ft. of lawn, part of a privet hedge, a *****willow and sustained heat damage to several fruit trees. The lawn has sort of come back in, but it is very patchy and dry. The moles have had a hay day out there and the lawn is a mess! It looks green again from the road, but if you look closely it is very sparse with lots of dry, burned grass still at the soil level. We have ChemLawn service and the grass, although dry from the draught, was in nice condition and weed-free. The grass that is coming back in is course and weedy. Our neighbor believes that if he just throws down some "play" grass seed and doesn't water, it will do the trick and the lawn will be as good as new. I don't really want "play" grass, our lawn was nice and lush, but I do want a nice lawn again next year. What are your recommendations? Thanks in advance!



05:37AM | 09/06/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Basically you want to treat it as a new lawn.

Verticut it in multiple directions to scarify the ground and remove the debre.

If there a number of undesirable weeds or grass you should nuke them first (Roundup like product).

Then sow a quality seed mix and appropriate ferterlizer.

Now you did not give the location (climate) or the type of grass so the details vary drastically as to when this should be done.

And can you water it? If not and you are using a cool season grass then try dormant seeding during the winter.

Check with you County Extension Office for recommendations specific to your area.


10:48AM | 12/03/05
Member Since: 12/02/05
5 lifetime posts
Mid-september is the ultimate time to seed. Since you have been thru that process, I would add a "starter fertilizer" in the Spring to help with root growth. Since your lawn looks spotty, ensure that you spread a pre-emergent to prevent new weed seeds from growing. You will want to do this in the early Spring. Keep in mind that pre-emergents prevent seed from growing, so DON'T seed the lawn when spreading pre-emergent (wait atleast 3 weeks). If you have weeds in late spring, lay a post-emergent. Spread this in the early morning or spray surface water on top of your lawn with the garden hose (this helps the pre-emergent to stick to the weeds). ***I would say to just spread it in the early morning, because of the lawn being soaked with dew.

Good luck!

k smith

07:41AM | 12/08/05
Member Since: 07/09/03
71 lifetime posts
i would wait longer that three weeks if pre-emerge is used. some pre-emergents last 30-90 days.

i have one question. if i read your post right, how is it that your grass burned this time of year and is able to green up again? around here we are dormant for the winter and grass fires are common, but it wont green back up until spring.
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