Rocky soil - Knowledgebase Question

derby, Co
Question by devilsnight1
April 13, 2009
I have a rather rocky terrain in my back yard that i would like to plant some grass so my kids can play what should i use start the seeding process?

Answer from NGA
April 13, 2009


The condition and type of the soil under the grass is the most important element to the overall health of your lawn. If you have more rocks than soil, I would strongly recommend having screened topsoil delivered rather than trying to rototill the native soil and remove the rocks. But if you must work with what you have, till the area up and remove the rocks that are fist sized or larger. Rototill again and again until you have removed the majority of the rocks. Then rake and remove any other debris such as sticks, etc. and rake smooth. After you've prepared the soil, you can either broadcast seed or install sod. A thick, healthy lawn will shade and crowd out most weed seedlings so be sure to water and feed your new lawn on a regular basis. Enjoy your new lawn!

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