Some dead areas - Knowledgebase Question

Summerville, So
Question by barbosaj
April 24, 2010
Just moved to this region...In the back yard I have some dead spots and someone mentioned that i should use play sand in those areas and the grass would grow. The grass was sod about 2 years ago. Will adding sand work?

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010


That depends. If you have clay soil, the grass may be having a hard time establishing a good root system. If you have only a few dead spots you can dig out the area, mix some compost into the soil to facilitate good drainage and good root growth, level the areas and overseed. If the entire lawn in struggling, you may want to aerate it. You can rent a core aerator which 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. Hope this information helps!

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