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Offline befl

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Algae Growth
« on: Mon July 26, 2021, 10:09:24 PM »
Late last week we had our lawn re-hydroseeded after the first application pooled a lot and washed away after significant rainfall the day after spraying. We are in the northeast and have had record breaking July rainfall, though most of it preceded the hydroseed application. The second application was done last Thursday, and I'm seeing significant algae growth over parts of the hydroseed. We have not been overwatering (2-4 x a day for 7-10 minutes, with some handwatering), and have not been watering after 4 p.m. Should we lighten the watering schedule for a few days? Or is there something we should apply to the areas that appear greenish (not with grass and not the turquoise hydroseed)? Is it too late to loosen up the soil that was sprayed but now covered with algae? The soil was initially raked prior to the first application but was not before the second, and in many areas where the algae is, the ground seems to be really hard. At a loss with what to do, other than reach out to the hydroseed company and ask them to come back and take a look. I would really appreciate some advice as this was a big investment and we're committed to putting work into the lawn to make it nice, and have been doing just as we were instructed.
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Re: Algae Growth
« Reply #1 on: Tue July 27, 2021, 09:24:06 AM »
Get a soil test done at the local Soil Conservation District.  A lawn that is acidic will promote algae growth. Could also be a combination of poor soil drainage allowing standing water.  The humid hot temperatures we have been having in the Northeast are very conducive to algae growth. 
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Re: Algae Growth
« Reply #2 on: Tue July 27, 2021, 09:38:57 AM »
Thanks for your response. The entire yard was re-loamed by the landscaper so I assume the soil they use is OK. Could the poor draining be caused by not having the soil re-raked between applications? Is it too late to rake it to get past the hard layer of soil or should we put a fungicide on the lawn?

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Re: Algae Growth
« Reply #3 on: Tue July 27, 2021, 09:45:25 AM »
Never assume.  Get the soil tested.  You could run a core aerator over it to possible improve the perkablity of the soil.  Will also cause less disturbance of the new grass seedlings.
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