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Old 03-14-2008, 07:52 PM   #1
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Need help with Grass for the lawn.

I have been doing some extreme makeover on my backyard and need to get some grass patches to fill in some dirt/mud spots. Here's my questions:
  • Is there any prep needed to lay down patches like sand or anything?
  • Where can I buy grass at a decent price and do any of yall know what the going rate is for this type of stuff? Home Depot, Lowes, Nursery?
  • Can I just lay this on top of the ground and expect it to start growing?

Thanks for your help. This is just regular neighborhood grass. No fancy expensive stuff. Does anyone have a hook up? I need a lot of patches!!
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:57 PM   #2
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Cheapest would be to fertilize and seed, but that requires the most patience and personal effort.
Fastest and easiest would be to lay in sod, but it costs more.
All depends on what you have more of and are willing to spend - time or money.
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I have more money than time. Well not ballin or anything but time is not on my side. I think ur right though.... sod it what I am looking for. Hmmm... Now to price the sod. Thanks Becca....
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I would find out why the grass died in the first place.

Bad drainage, fungus, too much dog .......

You may end up with more dead grass.
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Hey Los....how's life been treating ya ??? Either way u go make sure the ground is loosened up so the roots can penetrate.
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I would find out why the grass died in the first place.

Bad drainage, fungus, too much dog .......

You may end up with more dead grass.


Tell the party guests to quit in the yard...
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Don't worry about it. Ever seen a bare yard being sodded? They just level the ground, bring in pallets of grass and start throwing it down. Water it good for a while and it should be fine.
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Don't worry about it. Ever seen a bare yard being sodded? They just level the ground, bring in pallets of grass and start throwing it down. Water it good for a while and it should be fine.
If the patch area doesn't have distinct edges, cut them away. You DO NOT want to plant sod on top of existing grass.
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Grass pallets FTW, they're by far the easiest. Just throw dem down on da dirt! And not all that expensive IMO, I got 'em for a little over a dollar each (2 square ft patches) at Houston Garden Centers on 288 @ beltway. But Lowe's, Home Depot, even Wal Mart sells 'em too.
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Hey Los....how's life been treating ya ??? Either way u go make sure the ground is loosened up so the roots can penetrate.
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san agustine grass (the most common)is a root vine type grass, just pull some from a fridnds house, dig dirt maybe 1/2 inch deep and put the brown tipped of the roots inside the dirt, with in a few weeks youll see the vines spread through out the yard, very easy to do
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a whole pallet is 80 a half pallet is 45.....288 and beltway on fellows road

across 288 from houston garden center (thats where they get there grass)

loosen the soil,throw down sod, water daily

becareful a whole pallet weighs like 3,000 lbs...heavy chit
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You could also get a load of top soil and manure and cover it all up once the sod is down. Will feed the grass as well as level all the seams out. Just have to keep it well watered.
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great info!! Thanks guys a lot!! I'm gonna go for maybe a pallet of this stuff. Im in for it being easier with the least amount work possible.

The reason for all the dead grass was due to too much trees covering the back yard and killing the grass. Now that I hired someone to cut / trim the trees theres plenty of light shining down but on to just dirt. I'll go head out to a garden place as I'm sure their prices are cheaper than home depot / lowes.

Once again thanks guys and gals.
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They make grass seed that grows in those areas, specially designed for less light. It helped fill in some thin spots in my front yard.
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first spray the area with pump up sprayer and a good fungicide... then put grass down.. water good.. couple of days later.. use letco(sp).. 15/5/10..the water in good or right before it rains.. works great for me.. i used scotts last year and killed all my grass in the front yard... had to buy pallets of grass.. check with talk radio 740. Randy Lemmon.. the yard guy.. he has good advice..
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