Promising Results from Lawn Renovation Experiment

on April 14, 2017 Uncategorized with 0 comments

Last fall, we selected a poorly performing lawn to test out a new lawn renovation program.

Our full sun test area had very compacted soil and was riddled with bare spots that even weeds would not colonize.  In late October, we divided our test area in half and used a core aerator to break up the compacted clay soil in both plots.  Both plots were overseeded with our MowCow Special blue tag certified seed blend which contains a mix of turf type tall fescues and perennial rye.  Rather than amending with top soil or compost, as is frequently done to enhance underperforming lawns, we spread a dry product containing 60% organic matter and micronutrients magnesium and sulfur.  Much of the new seed sprouted to a height of about an inch before the colder weather set in.

Both plots were aerated and seeded in mid October. Left plot had dry organic fertilizer spread in mid October. Right side did not receive this fertilizer treatment. Image taken April 13.

We did not apply any pesticides.

Initially in late March, the new turf grass sprouts appeared stunted in both plots which was disappointing, but made sense considering our county was experiencing a serious drought. Heavy rains in early April changed everything.

Turf grass seedlings took off in the plot in which the organic material was applied. Additionally, chickweed and other winter annual weeds did not thrive in the treated plot.  The weeds were present in January, but the turf grass seedlings appeared to vigorously outcompete these weeds forming a dense, lush section of weed-free turf.  We are impressed.

This organic product shows great promise for healthy lawn renovation.

MowCow lawn experiment

A closer view of the test plot that received no fertilizer product. Chickweed is present and the bare spots still exist, even though plot was aerated and overseeded in October. Image taken April 13.

MowCow healthy soil shows promise

This angle shows the plot on the right side has a high turf grass germination rate and very low weed pressure, even though both plots received the same amount of turf grass seed. Herbicides were not applied on either plot. Image taken April 13.

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