Grass - Knowledgebase Question

richmond, Ca
Question by honey1son
May 30, 2009
My grass in the yard is very hard I dont want to put sod down. What other options do I have to make it soft Thanks in advance.


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Answer from NGA
May 30, 2009

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The best way to improve compaction is by aerating the lawn. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand or compost over the area and water it in well. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs. You can then overseed your entire lawn or just wait for the grass to fill in. Either way you'll have a thick, lush lawn in no time at all. Enjoy!

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