Grass not growing - Knowledgebase Question

Hanahan, So
Question by walterobrie
March 29, 2010
I have a very large oak tree in my front yard. There are several areas that will not grow grass because of the fine root systems. What can I do about this to get the grass growing again?

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2010


You've identified the problem. Soil beneath your oak tree will be compacted, dry and full of roots. It's almost impossible to get grass to grow under these circumstances unless you water extensively, which could compromise the health of your oak tree. You can seed and then overseed each spring, but I don't think the grass will root and become established for any length of time. Instead of turfgrass in that area, why not plant a groundcover instead?

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