Old sod for new house. - Knowledgebase Question

Sarasota, Fl
Question by hazarov75
December 28, 2009
Hi,i live in FL and just bought a house new but they put visibly old sod with lots of old long stems that seem to stop the grass from growing.I fertilized the lawn but the product doesn't go through the old grass to the soil and watering is difficult,too.What should i do in this case?Thanks

Answer from NGA
December 28, 2009


Sounds like there is an abundance of thatch (dead stems and stolons just above the soil). Try cutting out a 4" square of turf and examining it. All lawns develop thatch but when the layer is more than a half inch thick, it can stop water from penetrating. If this is the case, you can rent a power dethatcher and rake all that excess thatch out. Once you've done that, water and fertilizer will penetrate easily, and new grass will have room to sprout. Best wishes with your new landscape!

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