How to Make Grass Grow in Red Clay Soil

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Make grass grow in a red clay soil by adding large amounts of compost or potting soil and seeding the area thoroughly. Plant grass seed in the spring or fall using instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing grass. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow grass on red clay soil. Well this question is very personal to me because when I lived in Vancouver we bought a home in a new development. And it was basically a mud pit. It was swamp that they built a development on so underneath all the houses was just this red clay that was just this mushy mess and everything died in the Winter time because it just rotted right out, including the grass. So the only way that you can grow anything on top of the red clay soil is by adding lots of compost and potting soil above it. So you want to make a raised bed basically on top of your soil. So we had a truckload of potting soil delivered and we just... the shot it with a hose over the back fence exactly over the whole backyard evenly. We grass seeded that really well and we did it in the Spring or the Fall, and Fall is actually the best time because then it'll get a chance to grow and be wet all Winter. And the grass grew eventually. It took us a couple years, but it was lush and green on top of that red clay soil.