The Q&A Archives: Grass not growing

Question: Every year it seems like I can't seem to get the grass to grow close to the end of my driveway. The soil is very hard and it seems like the grass roots don't penetrate the soil. Do I need to add more soil to that area? What could be the problems. Even when I put seeds down the grass seems to start to grow but then thins out and dies?

Answer: If the soil is hard and compacted and the grass cannot root the best thing to do is cultivate that soil and add organic matter to loosen it and help it drain well. If it is a reasonably small area just dig it with a shovel, as deep as the shovel blade, break the soil up, add a good amount of compost or other organic matter and mix it into the soil. If it is a large area you may have to rent a rototiller. After amending the soil, level it and reseed. I think you will find a great difference with the lawn this season.

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