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- El Dorado, AR
i want to plant grass to my front yard but it has a clay base ground, what can i do?
I live in el dorado,arkansas
- Oakland, OR
The issue with clay soil is poor drainage, which is detrimental to a healthy turf. However you can remedy the situation by working in lots of organic matter prior to seeding your lawn. It's important to break up dry clay soil by tilling or spading the soil 8 to 12 inches deep. (Only till or spade when the soil is dry--and not wet.) Then dig in a 2 to 4 inch layer of compost or well-decomposed organic matter (such as shredded leaves or decomposed bark mulch). Level the soil, then top with another 1 to 2 inch layer of compost; seed as usual. It also helps to do a soil test prior to digging as this will reveal any deficiencies in nutrients as well as your soil pH.
Another option is to add a 6 inch layer of quality top soil mixed with aged manure and spread it right on top of your existing clay soil. Keep in mind that you need to remove any rocks, weeds, grass, etc. before the top soil is added. This eliminates the hard work of tilling the soil. And by adding aged manure to the top soil you are creating an ideal habitat for beneficial worms and soil microbes to populate, which helps foster a thick, lush, green and healthy lawn. Good luck!