When a NEW home is complete and the lawn areas are prepared to be covered with that roll-out turf, is there a layer of soil that is normally spread first? I am thinking there is, in order to provide a good base beneath the new grass instead of laying it directly over rocks, rubble, and whatever else is unearthed during the digging and such of construction chaos.
The reason I ask is because I got some new turf after the city workers had to almost completely dig up and destroyed my lawn. Technically it was not the city, it was a job contracted out by them, so it was 'the Contractors' that provided the turf-although there may have been city workers involved in the process. Things went terribly wrong with a project that involved digging our our road, and both gas lines and water lines were broken. My lawn got demolished because they had to remove my huge large flowering blossom tree in order to fix the water line. I had a giant digger (cat?) in the middle of my lawn, and when they were done my tree was no more, just a pile of branches stacked up 6-8 feet high in a sloppy mess that used to be my lawn. ANYWAY, the branches were cleared, and new turf was laid. This all happened at the end of 2005, and although the turf didn't look all that great, I had good faith and watered it according to our lawn-sprinkling bylaws set by the city, which has always been sufficient in terms of keeping my grass looking healthy and green. (I did not water at the time the turf was laid, as it was our rainy season and there was no need) The 'seams' of the new turf didn't exactly but-up, but I thought it would fill in, in time.
So, now after a good year, I'm looking at my grass and thinking it is not good. It's actually quite sparse, and for some reason the grass blades appear kind of [COLOR=DarkOrange]ORANGE.[/COLOR] There are also a lot of small rocks that seem to have worked their way to the surface. My lawn had beed dug down to a depth of at least FOUR FEET in one area, and the pile of rubble beside the hole just got spread smooth again before the turf was laid.
My neighbour, who had only a few large patches of his lawn replaced as I did just got a load of dirt and topdressed/reseeded the spots he had. His lawn looks much better now, but I'm thinking I don't really want to go to the time and trouble he did. I called the city and asked for someone to come out and take a look, and that will happen shortly. I also have what looks to be a cap from the outside shut-off for my water, which I understand is buried in the middle of my lawn somewhere.
Do you think my lawn would look better if a layer of GOOD earth had been spread over the dug-up dirt? And what could be the cause of the grass blades that look [COLOR=DarkOrange]ORANGE?[/COLOR]
Here's a closeup of a bit of grass in my lawn that is orange. It looks yellow in the photo, but it's more orange in person.
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