Clarksville, TN Home Grass Project 1 - Hub 1
Trouble Area of Lawn Repair
Well, it's the end of June; Sunday, June 26, 2016 to be exact. I've decided to do something about a trouble spot I have in my backyard lawn. Well, actually, I've decided to do something about my entire backyard and my front yard too. I'm going to be discussing my trouble spot first and how I plan on fixing it using a variety of methods.
The Trouble Area
The Trouble Area
As you can see above, the trouble area looks quite disgusting. I purchased this house in April of 2014 and there was full grass in this spot. It was a type of grass called Rhizomatous Tall Fescue. Apparently, in my neighborhood, the builders decided that fescue was the best grass and preferred it. Therefore, they sodded pretty much every yard with fescue. This rhizomatous stuff is supposed to allow for the full thickness of fescue grass but with the rhizomes, it's supposed to spread like Bermudagrass, Zoysia, or even St. Augustine grass.
Over the last 2 years, this patch of grass died off for some reason and I'm not sure why. I do know however, that when they built these houses in this neighborhood, these guys took liberties with many things, especially the landscaping. Tennessee soil is terribly rocky (the Rocky Top song is correct, Tennessee is definitely rocky top). The builders just did a rough grade over the area and didn't add any soil amendments or even top soil to help with the establishment and maintenance of the turf. You will see in some of my other hubs, once they are published, just what I'm talking about.
At any rate, this area was quite rocky but not as bad as some of the other areas I'm working with. I used a Garden Weasel tool to till up the trouble area about a quarter inch deep. Then, I used some Scotts Starter Fertilizer and fertilized the area. I pulled both Bermuda and Zoysia sprigs from existing stands of grass on my property. I took those sprigs and placed them into the trouble area, ensuring that I covered the small roots on the rhizomes as well as ensuring that I allowed some of the blades to remain uncovered so they could get sunlight for photosynthesis. I then placed some Pennington Seed Company Bermudagrass seed down. Finally, I watered lightly.
One Small SprigClick thumbnail to view full-size
Check back every 2 weeks for updates. I'm really excited to see how this works out. I have included a picture which I have my finger under a sprig I planted last year and you can see the progress from where that one small sprig started to what it is now.
9 JUL 2016 Update: Not a lot going on as far as progression of the sprigs. The Pennington Bermudagrass seeds germinated fairly well, at least those that didn't wash away from the heavy rain. I didn't cover the area because of the sprigs and with all the rain that we've had, it washed a large majority of the seeds down off of the little slope and underneath the fence. I can say, with confidence, that about 95% or so of the seed did germinate which completely disputes a large number of reviews I had read on Home Depot. See pics to the right of the progress. Below is a link to the Pennington seed I purchased.
31 July 2016 Update
Update 31 July 2016
Bermuda continues to grow fairly well. I planted some Zenith Zoysia grass seed (Pennington Seed brand) last week but it either has yet to germinate or is not noticeable. I have read a lot about how the Pennington Zoysia seed fails to germinate quite often. I do know that it was a 5 lb bag of seed but after looking at the components, Pennington actually says it's 20% seed and 80% special mulch mix which means you get 1 lb of seed. It is pretty obvious when I think about it. I planted some seeds in a planter that has 72 slots; I intend on making plugs. However, after nearly 3 weeks of the seeds having ideal conditions (small greenhouse planters which keeps them moist) I have only had 3, that's right, 3 total seeds germinate.
I have been debating on using glyphosate and just killing off what is there because as you can see, it's not growing as expected; it is a trouble area after all. Anyway, I may kill everything off and just sod it.
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