Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
We recently bought a home in Salt Lake city. The parking strip has very hard soil and weeds mixed with grass. Should we till it under and start over or air-rate it, keep it watered and sprinkle some grass seed on it in the fall or spring? We planted a sycomore tree (Bloodgood London Plane) and I think we stressed it by overwatering. About 50% of the leaves look sun scorched, some very dry and other leaves are green, full and lush, will it snap out of it? Should I air-rate the ground with a pitch fork around it?
Rate This FAQ
To improve soil it is best to incorporate well aged compost, for the clay soils we have in Salt Lake City. For establishing grass you want to remove weeds, incorporate organic matter, and level your soil before sowing grass seeds. Use high quality grass seed, cheaper blends have a lot of annual rye, which germinates fast, but does not lend itself to establishing a long-term turf. For establishing grass, you can go to our USU Extension Salt Lake County website under Basic Turfgrass Care and Turfgrass Cultivars for Utah. Go to http://extension.usu.edu/saltlake/htm/horticulture/lawn-care .
For proper watering of trees, may I recommend USU Publication on Efficient Irrigation of Trees and Shrubs, click on this link http://wcwcd.state.ut.us/Conservation/Efficient%20Irrigation%20of%20Trees%20&%20Shrubs.pdf It's important to remember that half of good soil structure is pore space for air and water, and if you are overwatering, all the pore space is occupied by water, and no air is in the soil which is required for proper functioning of roots.
Pitch fork is not recommended because you will destroy and disturb roots, more than improve aeration. It would be better to put organic mulch, that is bark nuggets or shredded bark on top of the soil over the roots. That helps moderate moisture levels and temperature levels and as organic mulch breaks down, more organisms like microbes and earthworms can help improve soil structure.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- How do I eradicate an OLD ivy? This has a trunk like a small tree and vast growth on a wall. I'd like to put in a carport and have been hacking at this ivy but am concerned it will grow back. Can I paint the cut trunk to stop re-growth? Would a copper nail kill it? Thanks!
- I have seen ads for canada green grass seed. It talks about it's resistance to drought, and the fact that is a very hearty grass. Do you have any info on this grass seed?
- I am trying to identify a tree that grows all over St. George area. It has a beautiful pink bloom, elongated oval leaf, small- med. height tree. It's been identified to me as a chitolpe tree? It's not an avacado tree.
- I have a vine growing on my fence that has sparse dark blue berries and thick red stems. What plant is this? Image showing this plant can be seen at http://themodbod.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/ivy-to-use.jpg
- I live in salt lake city, and have very hard rocky soil. I would like to plant a few varieties of trees for shade and decor (like to enjoy them in my own lifetime)I realize I'll need to excavate for good soil and root ball. Any suggestions?
- Some of the bottom leafs on my tomato plants have turned brown and are dying. I have lost one plant and it looks like another may go soon. I am watering three to four times per week and I have been putting a liquid fertilizer on the plants about once a week. Any ideas about what I may be doing wrong?
- My newly sprouted green bean plants are getting small to medium holes in the leaves. Could this be from pests or the heavy rain in East Millcreek?
- I planted my tomatos around the middle of May and now they are big and great looking except not one of the 12 plants has a blossom on it. Am I not patient enough or what can I do about this?