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Stolonizing

Stolonizing a new lawn is warranted when:

1. A lawn is sizable and sodding with limited labor is a potential problem.
2. The soil in the yard is very different from the soil in the sod.
3. The soil in the yard is "layered", shallow in depth, or discontinuous.
4. A grow in time of eight weeks if acceptable.

Stolons are the above ground runners on bermudagrass plants. They root easily and make more plants thereafter. Stolons are cut from turf at the sod farm and then quickly bagged to prevent excess moisture loss and temperature build up. Because of the short life of stolons, they are usually a special order item. A stolon rate for a lawn is 5bushels per each 500 ft2 of lawn area. Make sure the ground is fully prepped and there is a shaded area to store the stolons during the installation process. For a proper stolon job do the following.

1. Order the stolons in advance for a specific pick-up date.
2. On the prepared soil surface, take a spade shovel and make soil furrows about 1.0 to 1 ½ inches deep in straight lines across the entire area. Make these lines about 12" apart.
3. From waist height, sprinkle the stolons across the soil with 75% of the stolons falling on or near the shallow soil trenches you made.
4. Take a metal bow rake and cover the sprigs with the soil from the shovel furrow. Do not bury all the stolons completely. Shoot for about 50% stolon coverage with soil.
5. Do 500 square feet at a time. Hand water the "finished rows" before going onto the next section.
6. You can cover the soil with a light layer of wheat or barley straw (not bermuda straw)!
7. Water 5-7 times daily with short bursts of the irrigation system or hose. Do not flood the soil.
8. In 7-8 days little green shoots will appear. It will look like 95% of the stolon have died. They did not.
9. When 10% of the lawn is green with new turf plants, fertilize the entire soil area with 1.0 lb. of nitrogen per thousand square feet, every seven days.
10. Water accordingly to keep the topsoil layers moist, but not muddy.
11. Mow the turf when you have 75-80% cover and the soil will withstand the weight of the lawn mower.

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Stolonizing

Stolonizing a new lawn is warranted when:

1. A lawn is sizable and sodding with limited labor is a potential problem.
2. The soil in the yard is very different from the soil in the sod.
3. The soil in the yard is "layered", shallow in depth, or discontinuous.
4. A grow in time of eight weeks if acceptable.

Stolons are the above ground runners on bermudagrass plants. They root easily and make more plants thereafter. Stolons are cut from turf at the sod farm and then quickly bagged to prevent excess moisture loss and temperature build up. Because of the short life of stolons, they are usually a special order item. A stolon rate for a lawn is 5bushels per each 500 ft2 of lawn area. Make sure the ground is fully prepped and there is a shaded area to store the stolons during the installation process. For a proper stolon job do the following.

1. Order the stolons in advance for a specific pick-up date.
2. On the prepared soil surface, take a spade shovel and make soil furrows about 1.0 to 1 ½ inches deep in straight lines across the entire area. Make these lines about 12" apart.
3. From waist height, sprinkle the stolons across the soil with 75% of the stolons falling on or near the shallow soil trenches you made.
4. Take a metal bow rake and cover the sprigs with the soil from the shovel furrow. Do not bury all the stolons completely. Shoot for about 50% stolon coverage with soil.
5. Do 500 square feet at a time. Hand water the "finished rows" before going onto the next section.
6. You can cover the soil with a light layer of wheat or barley straw (not bermuda straw)!
7. Water 5-7 times daily with short bursts of the irrigation system or hose. Do not flood the soil.
8. In 7-8 days little green shoots will appear. It will look like 95% of the stolon have died. They did not.
9. When 10% of the lawn is green with new turf plants, fertilize the entire soil area with 1.0 lb. of nitrogen per thousand square feet, every seven days.
10. Water accordingly to keep the topsoil layers moist, but not muddy.
11. Mow the turf when you have 75-80% cover and the soil will withstand the weight of the lawn mower.

 

 

Oh for goodness sake!

 

"Stolon" is when you took something and didn't pay for it, like, sort of shoplifiting, or something. :rolleyes:

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