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Old 07-09-2010, 11:05 AM
 
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I am sorry if this topic has been covered before, I failed to find it in the search function -

I am in the process of buying a house, and it's been vacant for quite a few months and the lawn looks more or less dead. This is in desert climate, so the lack of watering has certainly taken its toll.

Is there anything that can revive it, or would I be better of putting new sod down? Is there anything I can try to find out if there's still life in the poor ole lawn (well, besides watering of course)?

Thanks!
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:11 AM
 
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Since it`s been in the hot sun with no water, its probably dead. I would put new grass in.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:28 PM
 
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Do you have to remove the dead grass first? If you do, how do you go about it?

I might be moving into a house with a similar situation.. lawn probably hasn't been watered in a year and has nothing but scarce rain water. I live in the desert, too.
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Green spray paint?


(Yes, I'm kidding!)
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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contact a reputable landscape company and since you are starting over from scratch look into ground covers other than turf grass.

Water conservation is very important and getting a professional to at least give you a plan and you think you can't afford to do it all at once, start in the fall doing what you can. I'm a retired landscape designer and specialized in DIY homeowners and I gave them 5 year plans with what is the backbone of the plan and gradually add the special touches. Just like decorating a house.

If you are truly in the desert, then you should have alot of professionals around to help you get started.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:17 PM
 
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If you are truly in the desert, you should probably give up on having a lawn. This is years living in AZ talking. Don't beat your head against a brick wall.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:41 PM
 
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If you are truly in the desert, you should probably give up on having a lawn. This is years living in AZ talking. Don't beat your head against a brick wall.
Total agree. Fake lawn and xeriscaping with regional plants.
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:36 AM
 
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Trust me, I am all for desert landscaping, saving water and minimizing maintenance. However, I fear the HOA have rules regarding what I have to have in the front yard (I have not yet been able to gain access to the regulations). With that in mind, I wanted to see what options I have.

As far as putting new sod in goes, you have to remove the old dead one first, that much I know. New sod should go in on top of moist soil. I would dig deep enough to get to the soil below and then try to roll the old lawn back up. A couple of garden tools and an old knife that you don't care too much about should make it fairly easy.
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