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Difficult areas

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by DavidR, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. DavidR

    DavidR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    I have a few areas of my lawn that I have had trouble growing grass in. I can't figure out why. I have aerated these areas each year with the rest of my lawn, I have even tilled it and added new soil to the area. For some reason these areas still become very hard for most of the year, even though they are irrigated with the rest of my lawn. At this point I have gotten pretty frustrated as all I have been able to do is shrink these areas.

    Any recommendations?
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    Do they recieve more shade then the other areas? Is it on a hill?
  3. DavidR

    DavidR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    This is part of the front of my yard which has a slight grade to it and is in full sun throughout the day. These are several areas about 3ft circles.
  4. Landude

    Landude LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Were there trees there at one time?
    I had two areas like that where there were trees and the stumps were ground down. I dug out a lot of the crap put good soil down and they look great now.
  5. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    Sometimes if you have a large rock or old tree stump within a few inches of the surface the area can dry up and kills the grass.
  6. DavidR

    DavidR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 180

    I'll have to dig this area up and check. I have lived in the house for almost 6 years now, bought the house new so I have on idea if there was a tree in that area or not. Pretty wooded lot so this is possible.
  7. Rtom45

    Rtom45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

    Sometimes home builders bury crap onsite. Sometimes they spill or dump crap onsite. Your idea of digging up the bad spots is a good one. I think maybe remove the soil at least to the depth of the shovel blade and replace it with good topsoil.

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