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Wes
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:43 pm    Post subject: Preparing for a lawn Reply with quote

Hi,

Having read the lawn laying guide, I'm left with a question.
My site has had a lot of traffic. Between a dog and 2 years of being bark covered, it seems pretty compacted. Prior to all of this, I had rolled grass layed, which didnt work out.
So my question, given that seed needs 6" of soil to grow, how deep should I be turning the soil?
Site is in full, mild shade, if that makes sense, as in its not completely surrounded by huge trees/bushes. In fact, the lawn section is the only part that the sun rays dont touch.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Wes....I was kinda' surprised your rolled lawn failed to catch as that method is usually fail proof if you do the basic preparations before rolling it out...

1...Did you have the soil tested...it could be lacking nutrients...
2...Did you Till the soil...removing any debris..IE..stones...roots etc...
3...Adding lime enriches the soil for growing grass
4...Compost or Manure can be forked into the top several inches
5...Did you lay the rolls on compacted soil...if so that was a No No...


If your starting out again from scratch follow the above before seeding and the depth of your fork 6" to 8" will be enough...depending on the area dont try to do it all at once...I usually mark out an area and concentrate on completing each section before moving onto the next...never looks quite as large in marked sections......good luck whatever you decide...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are going to the expense of buying new turf, make sure to tell the supplier that your site is shady. Not all grasses do well in shade.If sowing seed, buy suitable seed. Otherwise, soil preparation is all, as Geronimojess says.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, thanks for the replies.

I did everything you mentioned Geranimojess, except for the adding of lime.
The main reason why it didnt work out, was me. I didnt look after it properly. Had lots of time for the prep period, then after it was rolled, I didnt even have time to water it. So now, Ive decided to sow. Bit older, wiser and now appreciate the results of my effort.

Thanks Good Guy, I got the tough fully shaded seed. So I shall start the dig tomorrow, transplant some cucumber and basil bush.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wes wrote:
Hey, thanks for the replies.
, I didnt even have time to water it.
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AHHHHHH....the most important work to be carried out after laying it...the whole idea is to mesh the two together with a thorough soaking....you've learned a very expensive lesson and given yourself more work....bet you wont make the same mistake again... Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correct! Wink
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