Anyway to identify and replicate existing grass?


Old 07-31-13, 09:35 AM
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Anyway to identify and replicate existing grass?

Hi All,
We removed a pool from our backyard last year, and the people who filled it up did a terrible job. They did not put a good topsoil and the area (about 20'x45') did not grow back nicely with new grass.

So this year, we dug it up again. We just finished tilling and removing the top from the area that was the pool. We have cleared about 2" all around and will get good quality top soil put in.
However, with the past experience we also noticed that the old/existing grass in the backyard did not match up with the new grass we put in. Hence the lawn/landscape did not "merge" nicely and the difference between the grass really stood out.

So the question is, can we even figure out what type of grass is it that exits and somehow put in the same grass over the new area to make a consistent lawn? Would this be even possible?
The old grass is really nice and resilient to saythe least. It survived over 3 yrs of neglect before we moved in a couple yrs ago and there is nary a bad spot, patch or weed in it. Which makes us want to replicate it even more
Any advice, ideas and help most welcome!
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Old 07-31-13, 09:55 AM
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I'm not sure it's possible to get rid of the difference short term but over time the new and old should blend together if they are both the same species of grass. Over seeding the established areas might help a little but it really takes time.
Old 07-31-13, 10:54 AM
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That seems to be the issue. When we asked a few landscapers, they mentioned that "it did not seem to be Jersey grass". So originally, it may have been of a different species altogether.
We would love to put the same
species in, even if took a long time to cover all of the backyard. Hence we are trying to figure out if grass species can be identified at all!
Old 07-31-13, 11:25 AM
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Oh...I'm sure it could be....but you might have to pay some bucks for genetic testing. Even then...much depends on the soil and growing conditions for things to match up.

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