2019 Lawn leveling Project

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Bowman
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Re: 2019 Lawn leveling Project

Post by Bowman » May 14th, 2019, 7:36 pm

Spacklerstyle wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 9:25 am
Yes, you definitely must scalp (and bag) it as low as you can before applying the sand. Otherwise the leveling tools you use (leveling rake, drag screen; etc) won’t be effective in creating a level surface.

June/July is recommended b/c that is when the turf is growing the fastest and will come back sooner (I opted for a slower recovery in lieu of the heat and having to scalp the lawn back down again in the summer).

If you go that route, I would recommend taking the lawn height down gradually over a couple weeks. For example, depending on your HOC, you could cut (mulch) at 2”, then 3-4 days later mulch at 1.5”, then 3-4 days later mulch at 1-1.25”, etc until you reach your mowers lowest setting. Bag the clippings on the final scalp and be ready to lay sand the following day at the latest.

If it were me, I might wait a season or two to allow the turf grass to establish itself (following all the good guidance in forum - especially the soil remediation. Builders are notorious for taking all the good nutrient rich soul and leaving you with junk).

Good luck!
That's a good point about waiting for the grass to get established. Is there any hard data to suggest the optimal time to wait or does that depend on soil conditions?

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Re: 2019 Lawn leveling Project

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » May 14th, 2019, 8:19 pm

Basically you want to wait for the grass to be growing vigorously enough to push up through the sand and established enough that it can tolerate crown damage where it gets smothered. That isn't a time boxed thing per se, it's an overall condition.

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Re: 2019 Lawn leveling Project

Post by Spacklerstyle » May 14th, 2019, 8:21 pm

Bowman wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 7:36 pm

Is there any hard data to suggest the optimal time to wait or does that depend on soil conditions?
Not from me. Maybe someone with more experience could answer that.

I have heard that peat moss is good to use to fill in the seams/gaps between sod pieces... I’ve never tried it before but it seems like that would be less “abusive” to your new sod this year...

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Re: 2019 Lawn leveling Project

Post by Spacklerstyle » May 14th, 2019, 8:43 pm

Thanks dchall. (Yeah, Pieous is great).
Dchall_San_Antonio wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 6:46 pm

Have you tried shampoo to soften and open up your soil? Apply from a hose end sprayer at 3 ounces per 1,000 square feet. This is a setup to an organic gardening regimen.

There are people on this and other forums who use alfalfa pellets (rabbit chow) successfully every month or two on bermuda lawns.
No, but I have been reading about the BLSC + BLKH applications. I assume the BLSC is essentially the same thing, yes? Since I just applied 1/4” or so of sand, do you think I should wait on that at all or jump right in?

I am currently using Milo in an off-cycle rotation between my monthly synth fert aps (meaning Lesco 14-14-14 every month AND Milo at bag rate every month - 2 weeks in between). I’d love to ween off the synth eventually... but man, it sure does deliver a healthy punch of green goodness... :yahoo:

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Re: 2019 Lawn leveling Project

Post by Bowman » May 14th, 2019, 11:22 pm

HoosierLawnGnome wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Basically you want to wait for the grass to be growing vigorously enough to push up through the sand and established enough that it can tolerate crown damage where it gets smothered. That isn't a time boxed thing per se, it's an overall condition.
Understood. Thanks.
What are your thoughts on me leveling it this June considering that the sod was just laid in Nov 2018?

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