Growing grass - Knowledgebase Question

w hempstead, Ne
Question by falongi
April 21, 2010
I've tried everything possible to try to have a nice lawn. It startyed 10 yrs ago when I bought the house. I tilled down 18 inchs took out every rock tree root and a maze of smaller in tangled roots. Had soil tested which was good. I'm going to try to make this short as I can. I've treated it for grubs fungus and every bug there is at different times. Can the tree roots be the problem I'm lost HEL

Answer from NGA
April 21, 2010


Good grief! You sound really frustrated! Sound like you've prepared the soil well but you didn't mention whether the lawn is in the sun or the shade. Grasses won't grow well in the shade so if that's what you're attempting, that's why you've been unsuccessful. Since shade is a poor environment for turfgrass, it is essential to develop a good management program in shady places. First, select shade tolerant grasses. The fine-leaf fescues are considered the most shade tolerant of the cool-season grasses. Creeping red fescue, Chewing?s fescue, sheep fescue and hard fescue all have shown promise in heavily shaded areas. Some varieties of Kentucky bluegrass and fine-bladed turf-type tall fescue have performed well in moderate shade.

Other ways to ensure success:
Raise the mowing height. Increased mowing height induces larger root systems and healthier plants. Irrigate infrequently, but heavily. An irrigation program that minimizes the amount of time shaded areas are moist is beneficial in reducing disease. Infrequent watering also tends to minimize compaction and reduce shallow surface rooting. Reduce use of the area. Thin cell walled grass plants with little food reserve cannot bear much traffic without sustaining damage. Therefore, any effort to minimize traffic in shaded areas is beneficial. Provide good drainage. Poor drainage increases the possibility of disease activity. Remove leaves and debris promptly. Quick removal of leaves and debris all year long is essential as they shade the grass plant and reduce its food making potential.

Good luck with your lawn!

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