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trying to help a friend out.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lawnwizards, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    i have this friend who just recently had a house built. she is now in need of a lawn but she has the crummiest soil i've ever seen. its this god awful clay. i've already figured up her lot to be around 8-9k square feet. what should she do to fix this to grow grass? i was thinking about a 2 inch layer of topsoil rolled then slit seeded. what are some other ideas you all can come up with that might save her some money? thanks.

  2. Bigdog9501

    Bigdog9501 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Astroturf? LOL Just kidding Just think, no lawn expenses. No watering and her yard stays green all year long.
  3. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    Send soil samples off for analysis. Usually is not much expense. Probably start off with 2-3" of good top soil, but let the experts tell you exactly what's needed.
  4. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365

    till up the clay soil when dry, install an irrigation system, rake up all clumps of clay apply top soil, apply blue grass seed, top with peat moss, then water, water, water until established.
  5. robtown

    robtown LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 224

    I agree in tilling the clay but i would till in compost with gypsum. It will change the clay.
    you will need about 6 inches of good soil for grass. make sure you have good drainage.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I agree with robtown in that tilling in compost will fix just about any soil. The gypsum part - I have no experience with, I have always just used sand with compost to loosen up clay.

    Since it is early I would add a bunch of stuff now - till it in - let it settle - and grow its weeds - etc.
    Then at planting time kill everything off, add some more compost+ and seed it down.

    You can continue to topdress with compost and sand over the coming years as well.

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