Elite KBG renovations tend to be fraught with frustration due to the slow speed of sprouting and growth.
In this article, I'm presenting my lawn renovation in progressive photos to show what you can reasonably expect and how fast.
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Renovation for me was a little early as I expected my schedule to be busier than normal during August. Consequently, growth and development may be a bit faster on your lawn as temperatures were very high during the first part of germination and sprouting.
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First things first. This is the old lawn on July 13, 2007:
On July 18, 2007, this is the dead old lawn:
I seeded on July 24, 2007. In retrospect, I didn't trim the old grass low enough:
August 1, 2007, about a week. Nothing is visible yet from any distance, but spotty sprouts show if you looked very closely:
August 12, 2007, two weeks in. Temperatures were still holding in the nineties:
August 19, a bit over 3 weeks. There's still very little there:
August 26, one month (four weeks)! Still not much:
September 2, five weeks in. I realized that peat moss was a really good idea on the areas that weren't sprouting as the weather was still brutally hot. I didn't reseed as what was there simply hadn't sprouted at all yet:
September 9, six weeks in. The peat moss did visibly help, but the weather was still unusually hot for September:
September 16, seven weeks:
September 23, eight weeks. It's finally starting to resemble a lawn:
September 30, nine weeks:
October 21, twelve weeks. Development is still slow:
Not every area did that well. In the western rear face, the water supply was a bit sketchy and the sun very strong. As of October 21, it looked like this. I ended up dormant seeding in December because of the poor sprout here, and it came in fine next spring: