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Old 03-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

My yard has taken a real beating this year due to superstorm sandy (You can see dead spot in middle where a tree went down) and just not having time to clean up and maintain. I have a dog as well who did their fair share of the destruction.

I know how to re-seed, fertilize and all the basics. There is a good rental place around here where I can get the thatch mower and Aerator. I've done this in the past with good results.

It's just that I lost so much more grass this year and the tree roots and dirt are dominating. Sections that were once okay are now all patchy (dogs fault). There is also a section under my gutter that always floods during rain and grass never survives there. I know I will have to re-grade that area before seeding. I'm just no sure how exensive this situation is so any advice would be really appreciated!

I'd like bring this yard back to life before summer time. Due to tight finances, (and what landscapers charge around here) I could really use some help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-13-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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#1 Get the soil tested to see what it needs instead of just throwing things at it and hoping for the best.
With less limbs and trees blocking the sun that lawn may just come right back.
Last big hurracane that came through here took out 30 trees in the yard.
I had grass growing where it had never grown before.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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I'd like bring this yard back to life before summer time.
98% of the work is just that... work.
Most is best done in the fall, but to de-thatch (or just hard rake),
fill low spots with soil, supplement fertilize, and overseed.
Unless the area is super big it shouldn't add up to too much $$.

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98% of the work is just that... work.
Most is best done in the fall, but to de-thatch (or just hard rake),
fill low spots with soil, supplement fertilize, and overseed.
Unless the area is super big it shouldn't add up to too much $$.

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Okay, I know what your saying, (just get out there and do it! basically)

I will test the soil this time (something I have never done before). I think the only issues are where the dominant tree roots have killed all the grass (it's so hard to get new seed to "take" in those spots). I know the main part will come back on it's own (with a little help), but those areas where root and dirt have taken over will be a challenge for me, as I could not get them to come back las year by re-seeding.

Any advice for those areas?
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Thats all I would too as well. Especially since the four legged culprit is not going anywhere.

Just keep overseeding from time to time after the dethatching is done. It will be lovely again in May/June
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Any advice for those areas?

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Trimming up the trees to let in more light is a good idea. The root systems of big trees are a killer if you want grass. Mulch areas or small planting bests might be a good idea around there. But suggestions about soil tests, and the work you suggested are good. I know a friend also used this online handyman service to advise him on his project. For the few bucks it cost him to talk through specifics with someone, he thought it was well worth it. I think they were called ProperSee. You'll get a great workout from it!
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I know people do not believe I was a turfgrass manager and now preaching against having so much of it. I managed acres and acres of the stuff for shopping centers, parks and apartment complexes and it does have its place. Most homeowners overdue it and then spend too much money and energy worrying about what it looks like. Turf is the most expensive thing you can plant in your landscape. It requires more to maintain properly than even a nice in-ground swimming pool.

Have you decided if you really need grass everywhere you once had it? If it never grew well under the drain why would you think it would now?

How about some nice, colorful (if you want), textured, different height, dog compatible groundcovers instead of so much turf? Spend millions on a showcase putting green instead that you can mow in ten minutes?

Joe is absolutely right about a soil test from a soil lab though. You need, just to start, to know how much saline in the seawater got to you. You could spend a lot of wasted money on turf or other plants if you do not correct your soil imbalances first or as you go if you plant tolerant vegetation.

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Just start raking. It doesn't sound like it would help, but it will!

My yard always had grass problems even with good soil and a sprinkler system. Our 2 main problems though was debris in the grass that we really didn't even notice (pine needles, twigs, dead grass) and the soil was very compact. We never knew how many pine needles and junk was embedded between the grass blades not letting oxygen into the soil.

We kept raking our lawn for 3 weeks and each time pulled up more dead grass and needles, and also loosened the soil. Our lawn came in nice and rich after watering it a lot.

Did the same this year and we already have green sprouts coming up even before fertilizing it and weed killing.

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I agree with the soil test, but if I was you I think I would rent a bad-ass rear tine tiller and turn that whole yard over, throwing in a bunch of vermiculite and fertilizer and peat to loosen up that compacted soil. Then plant a whole new crop of grass and iron rake it in.

I guess controlling the dog will be tough, though. You may want to throw up a temporary fenced in area for him/ her.
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