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Post  Admin on 4/27/2008, 23:14

I have some bald spots in my yard that will not grow grass whatsoever.
I have tried fertilizer and it will get grass started but it wont hang around, by fall it's gone.
What's going on?
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Re: Bald spots

Post  NesOne on 4/29/2008, 01:54

Try digging down deep to make sure there isn't anything underneath. I once read someone that had a similar problem on a certain patch of grass, and turned out that there was a piece of sheet metal buried underneath, and after he took it out it was fine. After you dig out the holes, I would probably add some good soil in case the current dirt is bad? I don't know, just some ideas...
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Post  buzhunter on 4/29/2008, 03:32

That's actually what I was thinking too. Depending on the size of the spots you could just get the old out of there and relace the topsoil. Also make sure you are planting seed that does well in that particular spot. Some are better for shade/ sun or wet/dry conditions.

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Post  buzhunter on 4/29/2008, 03:33

Oh, and make sure you dont over-fertilize the area either. That will also harm the grass by burning it up.

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Post  Admin on 4/29/2008, 07:29

I didn't even think of that. I think I may dig it up and replace it. Can over fertilizing harm the soil too?
I'm a new home owner..LOL drunken
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Post  buzhunter on 4/29/2008, 19:10

Only until it basically washes away. I've seen people spill the speader and lose their grass in that spot for at least that year. And still showing the effects for years after. If the plant is damaged enough to kill it, it won't grow back. It all depends on the fertilizer and how it's intended to be applied. You definitely never want to put down more than the direction say to. I like Scotts myself. Pretty reliable.

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Post  NesOne on 4/30/2008, 00:57

For the purpose of getting the seeds to grow, I don't think you can over-fertilize, but I think you only do it once. Then I think you have to wait til the grass is pretty sturdy to try it again. And yes, Scott's is excellent. Try the Scotts II I believe, it kills off all the unwanted weeds and dandilions at the same time.
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Post  Admin on 4/30/2008, 09:07

It shouldn't cost much, all I have is a front yard. The dogs killed the back yard, it's mostly dirt and doomed to always be dirt. I'm going to have a nice front yard if it kills me.

I tilled, graded, fertilized and planted seed once soon after I bought the place. It turned out good except for that bald spot, I have tried to get that to grow a few times with no luck. I'm going to replace the top soil and make sure there is nothing buried there.
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Re: Bald spots

Post  ToroGuy on 5/5/2008, 12:23

do you happen to have a septic tank in that "bald" area ?
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Post  Admin on 5/5/2008, 18:45

ToroGuy wrote:do you happen to have a septic tank in that "bald" area ?

No, I sure don't. I have city sewer, although the sewer tile may be running near it.
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Re: Bald spots

Post  Biglumber on 5/7/2008, 20:28

For bald spots, use a bulb planter and pull plugs from good areas and transplant. Keep wet for a week and you should be good.
I usually plug every 16 square inches of area, the rest will spread.

Good luck



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Post  Admin on 5/8/2008, 07:04

Bulb planter???
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Re: Bald spots

Post  Biglumber on 5/8/2008, 20:42

I hope ace doesn't mind.

Bulb Planter
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Post  Admin on 5/9/2008, 07:35

Damn your awesome, I never would of thought of that. It would work good in between my shrubs too..Thanks
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Post  ToroGuy on 6/20/2008, 11:26

Biglumber wrote:For bald spots, use a bulb planter and pull plugs from good areas and transplant. Keep wet for a week and you should be good.
I usually plug every 16 square inches of area, the rest will spread.

Good luck



MMMM........great idea, i'll have to try that myself.
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