Soil - Knowledgebase Question

Medford, MA (Zone 6A)
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Question by helen8334
June 2, 2007
Dear Sir I recently dug up my front lawn because nothing was growing, the grass was dead. When I turned over the dirt I didn't find one worm in the soil area. If worms can't live in this soil then I am sure grass will not grow. What should I do, I have reseeded with Scotts grass seed, also used Vigoro Fertilizers Weed and Feed, and Scotts Crab Grass preventer on the lawn but the grass still doesn't grow just a few blades hear in there. I purchased all these products at Home Depot. Help, Help, Help. Please advise.

Answer from NGA
June 2, 2007
The grass seed and other products should work; what you didn't mention is what type of soil you have. If you did not incorporate some organic matter prior to seeding, and if your soil is clayey, the roots of the grass probably couldn't penetrate the soil. For a lush, thick lawn, you'll need to prepare the soil prior to planting. Rent a rototiller and till the entire area, then spread 4-5" of organic matter over the top. Till this in to a depth of 8-10" and then rake the area level. Broadcast your seed then cover over the top with a light layer of peat moss. This will help keep the seeds moist and also keep the birds from feasting on your grass seed. Keep the seedbed moist (water as often as necessary to keep it from drying out). New grass should germinate in 7-10 days. Keep it well watered and mow it when it reaches about 2 1/2". Once the lawn is established, water deeply once or twice a week.

Best wishes with your new lawn!

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