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growing a lawn on dry bare hard dirt..

Zone 72703 | overwaysteven added on September 28, 2017 | Answered

In my back yard.my yard is dry..dusty..all dirt..the dirt gets so hard its like walking on cement in most spots..help..can i grow a back lawn with top soil..i live in north west arkansas and the dirt here is hard to work with..got some shade in spots..

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MichiganDot
Answered on September 29, 2017

Your best bet is to send a soil sample to your state's cooperative extension service. Let them know you want to grow grass and they will recommend amendments. It's likely you'll need to till in several inches of compost if you have compacted clay. Alternately, you can collect your neighbors' leaves and till them in this fall after shredding or going over them with a mower. Water the area the day prior to tilling. Just spreading several inches of topsoil on top of your ground is not the solution.

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