The Q&A Archives: Backyard lawn

Question: How can I sustain a good lawn in backyard. I've seeded twice, I've planted sod but it won't sustain. What do I need to do?

Answer: If you have tried seeding and sodding and the lawn won't grow, you may not be adequately preparing the soil prior to planting. Soil that is hard and compacted won't allow the roots to penetrate, water will runoff without soaking in and your lawn will become sparse and thin. You can try again, after preparing the soil. Then the soil should be tilled thoroughly, either by a mechanical tiller or digging down a spades depth over the entire area. The place 4-5 inches of organic matter over the soil and till it in again. Then rake the soil smooth, filling low spots and removing the humps and breaking up the larger clumps as you go. After you've prepared the soil, you can either broadcast seed or install sod. A thick, healthy lawn will shade and crowd out most weed seedlings so be sure to water and feed your new lawn on a regular basis. Enjoy your new lawn!

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