Planning a lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Reno, Ne
Question by steveskorea
March 2, 2010
In Reno, have been taking many rocks up. Ground is sticky (clay)and sandy in areas. Advice on adding to the dirt to improve quality before planting real grass.

Answer from NGA
March 2, 2010


You might want to have a soil test done but I suspect in your area the soil is clay and alkaline. Turfgrasses prefer a neutral rather than an alkaline soil so the best approach would be to apply lime (about 50 lbs. per 1000 sq. feet of lawn) and then spread a few inches of compost over the top. Rototil everything in to a depth of 8-10 inches, level the area, roll it with a lawn roller half filled with water, and then broadcast your seeds (or lay your sod). This should give your new lawn a good base and it should grow nicely for you.

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