The Q&A Archives: Dried Lawn

Question: I have a severly dried out/dead spots lawn, even though I regularly water. I have fertilized regularly, but it seems my soil cannot retain water. Please suggest something to remedy this problem. Thank you.

Answer: It sounds to me as though your soil is compacted. You can remedy this condition by aerating your lawn. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand or compost over the area and water it in well. Aerating will loosen the soil and help make places for the water to drain. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs and help it hold moisture. You can then overseed your entire lawn. Core aerators can be rented at most equipment rental places. Good luck with your lawn.

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