Bare Spots In Yard - Knowledgebase Question

Wilmore, KY
Question by heidi_rachel
March 2, 2001
Hi! I moved into my home 4-1/2 years ago. I haven't had money to work on the yard much or to get expert advice. But there is one thing that has been persistent on the lawn: the same bare spots. Grass never grows in these areas and I wonder if it's lack of proper drainage (most are on a slope leading to a sidewalk with moss in the areas sometimes) or if the builders left materials buried under the ground (we are the first to live here and surrounding houses are that new, as well). Should I try to plant something in these areas or dig down and see what's under there? I heard of others digging down and finding paint cans, etc. What do you think? Thank you:)


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Answer from NGA
March 2, 2001

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I tend to agree - it's time to dig down into the soil and see what you might uncover. While you're at it, dig down 6"-8" and incorporate some organic matter to help facilitate drainage and improve the soil texture. Then rake the area smooth and broadcast grass seed. Cover the seed with a little peatmoss to keep moisture from evaporating too quickly, and water daily to keep the seedbed moist. All this effort should result in happy, healthy grasses, without a bare spot in sight!

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