new grass will not grow - Knowledgebase Question

Brookfield, Il
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Question by jennifbart
June 30, 2010
I have reseeded a stretch of lawn alongside a new driveway installation three times. loosened soil, seeded and fertilized, covered w/peat, lots of water. It always starts well, but then somehow gets matted down in the center and dies out after a couple weeks. It almost seems to suffocate. Is my heavy clay soil to blame? what else could cause this to repeatedly happen? help!

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Compacted soils can keep the roots of your new lawn from penetrating deeply and thriving. If you didn't amend the soil with compost prior to planting the first time you may be able to aerate that part of the lawn with a core aerator which removes plugs of soil. Leave the plugs on the lawn and spread a thin layer of compost or sand over the lawn. Water well and the compost or sand will work its way down into the holes left by the plugs. This will loosen the soil and give the water and the roots of your lawn a place to go. This should improve the site and help your lawn thrive.

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