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Lawn Renovation

Where lawn quality is unacceptable, renovation may be necessary. Renovation involves planting grass seed into an existing lawn area, often adding new grass varieties to repair damage or increase tolerance to drought, shade, or wear. Renovation usually isnít necessary until approximately 20-25% of the lawn is bare or covered with weeds.

Renovation alone will not be sufficient if problems are too severe. Starting a new lawn may be the best option where removal of the existing turf, tilling, adding topsoil, and installation of new sod are needed. The following conditions may warrant starting over:

bullet an excessively compacted soil
bullet greater than 50% weeds or bare soil
bullet a thatch problem that isnít corrected by renovation efforts

Renovation should be considered if any of the following conditions exist in your lawn:

bullet Approximately 20-40% of the lawn is dead or has very sparse growth. This may be due to a variety of factors such as low soil fertility, drought and heat, insect damage, poor mowing practices, disease, moderate soil compaction, or increasing shade and competition from growing trees.
bullet The lawn is soft and spongy when walking across it and responds poorly to regular watering and fertilizer applications. This condition usually indicates excessive thatch (greater than Ĺ inch). Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed grass stems, roots, and rhizomes (not leaves) at the soil surface but below the green vegetation.

Broad-leaved weeds such as dandelion, plantain, and knotweed, or grassy weeds such as crabgrass cover about 20-40% of the lawn area.

 
Slice Seeding

To improve lawn density for lawns that do not need renovation slice seeding is a great option.

 
Lawns suffering from bare patches, old age, and spots that are very thin and weedy may be cured by one good dose of over-seeding with a slice seeder.  Slice seeding is a process that cuts through thatch and plants seed into the soil all in one pass. When lawn renovation is needed, slice seeding actually plants new seed into the soil without stripping the existing sod or tilling the yard.
  
The slice seeder is made up of three basic parts:
bullet Slicing knives that cut through the thatch and into the soil creating furrows, and mixing soil with the thatch.
bullet A hopper that drops a measured amount of seed into the prepared furrows.
bullet A neoprene flat which smoothes the soil and aids in germination.

When is slice seeding needed?
  
When thatch builds up to over one half inch, it begins to interfere with the healthy growth of your lawn. A thin, sickly lawn is often the result. Older or neglected lawns may become infested with many varieties of unwanted grass which should be removed and replaced. Serious disease or insect damage can thin a lawn so badly that renovation is the only answer. Lawns that are planted with high water use grasses may need to be converted to more drought-tolerant types. For all of the cases above, slice seeding is one of the best and most economical solutions.
 
 
Slice seeding provides proper seed to soil contact and results in much better germination and growth rates than seed that is spread by hand or a broadcast spreader.

 


 
 
     

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Franklin, Ohio 45005
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