Planting Grass
#17
  Re: Planting Grass by crokett™ (I am in eastern/cent...)
Some grasses aren't compatible with each other. If you only kill the weeds and plant grass, you still might wind up with a mottled mess. IMHO, kill everything where you're planting new grass. If it's a small enough yard, and you're thinking about doing it in stages, you can just lay down a black plastic tarp over the area you want dead. It only takes about 10 days before everything under it dies.

I'm in a similar situation. Bad soil, too much shade, high acid content. Weeds love it, grass... not so much. The only nice lawns in the neighborhood are because they brought in better topsoil. I use a selective weed killer, and new weed species just fill in the gaps.
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#18
  Re: RE: Planting Grass by Snipe Hunter (Some grasses aren't ...)
(05-20-2020, 08:22 AM)Snipe Hunter Wrote: Some grasses aren't compatible with each other. If you only kill the weeds and plant grass, you still might wind up with a mottled mess. IMHO, kill everything where you're planting new grass. If it's a small enough yard, and you're thinking about doing it in stages, you can just lay down a black plastic tarp over the area you want dead. It only takes about 10 days before everything under it dies.

I'm in a similar situation. Bad soil, too much shade, high acid content. Weeds love it, grass... not so much. The only nice lawns in the neighborhood are because they brought in better topsoil. I use a selective weed killer, and new weed species just fill in the gaps.

Been my experience that the weeds are just pretending to be dead.   No
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#19
  Re: Planting Grass by crokett™ (I am in eastern/cent...)
When I lived in Charlotte, had red clay soil, and I mean heavy red clay. I happened to own a Troy Bilt 7hp tiller, a beast, and tilled the living chittt out of it, amended with compost, manure and some white clay like additive recommended by a golf course groundskeeper I knew, tilled again, put more organic material down, tilled again laying in some peat moss, then planted in the fall and watered religiously. Lot of work, and really, a PITA but I was young, strong and full of P**ss and Vinegar. But it did produce a very nice lawn in the end. I subsequently moved to NJ, but if I had to do it over now in Charlotte, I'd likely bite the financial bullet and lay down sod. But watch out for brown patch fungus, and also sod webworm grubs, they can wipe out a lawn, or sod, in a week or two, so you have to be vigilant. Also, every fall you should core aerate every year, and overseed every two years. That's my experience. Good luck
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#20
  Re: RE: Planting Grass by Admiral (When I lived in Char...)
(05-20-2020, 07:28 PM)Admiral Wrote: When I lived in Charlotte, had red clay soil, and I mean heavy red clay.  I happened to own a Troy Bilt 7hp tiller, a beast, and tilled the living chittt out of it, amended with compost, manure and some white clay like additive recommended by a golf course groundskeeper I knew, tilled again, put more organic material down, tilled again laying in some peat moss, then planted in the fall and watered religiously.  Lot of work, and really, a PITA but I was young, strong and full of P**ss and Vinegar.  But it did produce a very nice lawn in the end.  I subsequently moved to NJ, but if I had to do it over now in Charlotte, I'd likely bite the financial bullet and lay down sod.  But watch out for brown patch fungus, and also sod webworm grubs, they can wipe out a lawn, or sod, in a week or two, so you have to be vigilant. Also, every fall you should core aerate every year, and overseed every two years.  That's my experience.  Good luck

This, and what the others said about peat moss and manure.  You just have to keep amending with organic materials.

Checking w/ local experts/university extensions can be very helpful.
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#21
  Re: Planting Grass by crokett™ (I am in eastern/cent...)
Sod is out, the budget committee "wants grass but not enough to pay that much $$$ for it". I tried telling her the sod would have a better success rate more quickly.

I'll look at hydroseeding.
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#22
  Re: RE: Planting Grass by crokett™ (Sod is out, the budg...)
(05-22-2020, 05:37 PM)crokett™ Wrote: Sod is out, the budget committee "wants grass but not enough to pay that much $$$ for it".  I tried telling her the sod would have a better success rate more quickly.  

I'll look at hydroseeding.

what kind of prices did you get for sod?? and what kind of sod.
John T.
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