Curing semi-baren spots in the yard - Knowledgebase Question

Durham, NC
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Question by hikerguy62
August 16, 2010
We have one area of our yard that just will not grow thick grass. It's just brown and ugly right now. Tried using Scott EZ Seed with no luck. We live in Durham, NC and have a lot of clay in the area. Any idea how to get this patch to grow grass?

Thanks,

Andy


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Answer from NGA
August 16, 2010
Clay soils can become compacted quite readily which makes it difficult for the roots of new grass to penetrate and thrive. Try digging the areas to help loosen the soil, and work some compost in while you're at it. The compost will absorb water yet allow the area to drain quickly and the loosened soil will make a more hospitable place for the roots of your grass to grow. Overseed in early September when the temperatures cool a bit and the new grass seed should germinate and grow nicely for you. Best wishes with your lawn.

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