Grass - Knowledgebase Question

Clarksville, TN
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Question by skip7
March 1, 1998
I am having trouble with grass in my yard due to the slope. What type of grass do you suggest for our area?

Answer from NGA
March 1, 1998
I'm not sure what the exact troubles you are having. Do you mean that the grass is growing poorly, and you think it is because of the slope--perhaps, for example, the area is dry because the water drains away? Or do you mean you have trouble maintaining the area, because it's hard to mow on the slope?

Would you consider some other kind of spreading ground cover, so you wouldn't have to mow? There are lots of choices, though you'd need to prepare the site. Unfortunately, if grass isn't growing well there now, you may have a difficult time getting any established without some work. It could be, however, that you simply need to apply some lime and/or a thin layer of compost or other fertilizer, and the existing grass will pick up.

Perhaps your best bet is to have the soil tested, to see just what is going on. Contact your Cooperative Extension office for information about soil testing (ph# 615-648-5725). The results will include recommendations for soil amendments.

If you are interested in some alternative ground covers, please submit another question via the web site, and include information about whether the area is in sun or shade, the type of look you'd like (for ex. height, flowers, etc.) and the amount of foot traffic the area gets. The classic grass variety for your region is Kentucky bluegrass, but others include tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and Chewings fescues. Usually a mix of grasses will give best results.

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