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Old 08-17-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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I am looking for a recommendation for a company to redo/ renovate my lawn which is a mess. I am not looking for a lawn mower, or someone who just throws down seed, but someone who really knows their stuff, and is reliable. Thanks.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:24 PM
 
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Search this site for various threads on landscapers. There are many!
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:55 PM
 
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I am not looking for a lawn mower, or someone who just throws down seed, but someone who really knows their stuff, and is reliable.
I am looking for the same thing. Not a "landscaping company" which aerates and throws down some seed, but one which really assesses the condition of the yard and then does: tilling, add topsoil, recommends terracing, or whatever is necessary.

I want a seriously qualified service who can help to get my lawn to grow grass. Anyone can rent an aerator and buy grass seed at Lowe's. But who's really good at customizing a specific yard's requirements?
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:05 PM
 
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You might want to look into changing the type of grass.

Fescue can be very difficult to grow here. Some people have good luck with it (depending on soil and amount of shade). Others, like me, can't grow it worth a darn.

If you have quite a bit of sun (or lack of shade) you might have a lot more luck with Zoysia or Bermuda.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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We used Carolina Hydroseeding and they were great! We put down Bermuda and have been very happy. I only had to water the lawn once this summer and the rest mother nature provided. Fescue to me is a pain to maintain. It will turn much easier and you need to water more often. Our front and back yard was more dirt than grass. We did the front one year then the back the following. They come by and give an estimate - We have .25 acre, front and back was about $800 each. They take a soil sample, then will turn and till the yard, mix in topsoil and other things that help the lawn take hold. The seeds ( but they are not really ) are sprayed , goes on blue and as it is absorbed will disappear. You must water A LOT! But they give you a schedule to go by and worked fine. This is our 2nd year for the front and now it is coming in thicker. Sod will work but costs way more. If I can find the before and after pics I will post it here.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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They come by and give an estimate - We have .25 acre, front and back was about $800 each. They take a soil sample, then will turn and till the yard, mix in topsoil and other things that help the lawn take hold.
I'm glad you posted this (and am happy to hear you are happy with results).
All to often people who want more than just aeration and seeding have unrealistic expectations about costs. Aeration /seeding runs between $50 and $200 depedning on the size of your lawn. When you want more advanced work, like tilling / mixing in topsoil you are talking more like several hundred if not thousands of dollars.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:28 PM
 
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We used Carolina Hydroseeding and they were great! We put down Bermuda and have been very happy. I only had to water the lawn once this summer and the rest mother nature provided. Fescue to me is a pain to maintain. It will turn much easier and you need to water more often. Our front and back yard was more dirt than grass. We did the front one year then the back the following. They come by and give an estimate - We have .25 acre, front and back was about $800 each. They take a soil sample, then will turn and till the yard, mix in topsoil and other things that help the lawn take hold. The seeds ( but they are not really ) are sprayed , goes on blue and as it is absorbed will disappear. You must water A LOT! But they give you a schedule to go by and worked fine. This is our 2nd year for the front and now it is coming in thicker. Sod will work but costs way more. If I can find the before and after pics I will post it here.
What variety bermuda did they use, and do you have any pictures? Only the common varieties of bermuda are seeded, the hybrids are sod or plug only.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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I will have to look up the paper work. I'm not sure what the mix was. I will also check tonight for the before/after pictures.
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:03 PM
 
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You might want to look into changing the type of grass.

Fescue can be very difficult to grow here. Some people have good luck with it (depending on soil and amount of shade). Others, like me, can't grow it worth a darn.

If you have quite a bit of sun (or lack of shade) you might have a lot more luck with Zoysia or Bermuda.
It comes down to when you want to have green grass. The warm season grasses look great in the summer, but not so in the early spring. I prefer to have green Fescue when the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom.
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Old 08-20-2010, 04:38 PM
 
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Looking at my paperwork and the Bermuda mix is Mohawk, Sultan and Syndey. I mentioned a few things they do as part of the process. I noticed I left out a couple of things. After the soil sample, they kill off the exisiting vegetation, apply soil amenities suggested by NC Agri. from your soil test results, apply a cross-linked polyacrylamide to absorb water in drought conditions, spread a blend of 50% rich top soil with 50% organic compound approximately 1" thick, pulverize up to 3" of the soil to blen amenities, the cross linked polyacrylamide and the 50/50 soil. Plus they give a 60 day guarantee of establishment.

I have before and after pics...can't add them here directly. I'll try the album and see if that works.

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