August 16, 2019
August 16, 2019
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I have 4 chickens on a suburban backyard. They free range around and deposit manure all over yard. In certain areas the soil is very dry on top (dusty & water runs off) and like clay underneath. Only one type of weed grows in these patches. What can I put on these patches to break up the clay but also make the dusty top soil hold more water?
I bought a house off a developer who didn’t put down new topsoil when laying the lawn. Do I need to rotivate it and start again or can I simply lay topsoil on top of my current lawn and then relay more turf?
In addition, I have a squirrel who keeps digging holes in the grass. How do I stop it!!!
I would not lay topsoil just on top. I would prepare the yard as it should be done as to not promote root rot from the dying grass underneath. If these large clumps are broken up, and tilled in, then they pose much less of a threat, since it will decompose much faster in that fashion.
My recommendation would be starting from scratch. Another option would be to only fill in low spots, then seed, but you may get less than desirable results.
Some areas of my lawn die out during hot weather; however, as the weather gets cooler, it grows back. I applied fungicide and insecticide but it does not seem to help. There are a variety of grass seeds that have been applied over the years (sun and partial shade types). Any suggestion to resolve would be appreciated
Certain cool season grass varieties go dormant during hot weather. Here is how to manage:
If you are going to overseed you will need to dethatch the lawn to increase seed to soil contact. If you want to remove the lawn you can use glyphosate but that will take a couple of weeks and it is getting late in the season. You can rent sod removal equipment for faster results. You will need to buy seed and starter fertilizer. You may need some soil to cover the seed if you completely renovate. I am attaching information for overseeding and complete removal. You can find more information on the Washington State Cooperative Extension website (they charge a small fee for some publications)
we removed a maple tree…ground out the stump…added good grade soil…followed grass seed instructions…now have a mushroom/fungus…white spots popping up…they seem to be “hairy and smell like a mushroom.
Since you are trying to get grass to grow, you may want to leave the mushrooms for now. They actually are beneficial. Here is more: