How to Grow Grass on a Clay-Based Yard

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Grow grass in clay-based soil by adding 2 or 3 inches of compost or potting soil to the yard and covering it with grass seeds in the spring and fall. Water grass in a clay yard heavily once a week using insight from a sustainable gardener in this free... 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 in a clay based soil. Now, many of us have clay in our backyard or our front yard. Clay is really hard in the summertime. It's just hard as a rock. And in the wintertime it turns to muck. It's just a mud pit. So, how do you grow grass in that? Well, my theory on all of it is forget about the clay and work on top of it. It's very simple. Instead of making raised beds make a little bit of a raised yard. So, it's worth a little bit of money and a little bit of effort because you'll be set forever. So, make sure and buy a lot of potting soil or com, or compost that's very organic and it's broken down. And you can have it delivered usually for not a whole lot of money. And make sure you've got at least two to three inches of good compost or potting soil above the clay because the grass needs something to grab onto. So, every spring and every fall when the nights are warm make sure to do it before it gets too cold in the winter, or before it gets too hot in the summer. So, once you lay the compost down add lots of grass seed to it; just cover it with grass seeds and then water it deeply. Make sure the water just soaks the ground for about three hours at a time. And if you only water deeply you only have to water maybe once a week in the heat of the summer. And in the spring and the fall when you're watering your new grass just watch it and make sure that the ground stays moist. So, just by watering it weekly, maybe even twice a week it'll grow lush very quickly. And it doesn't matter that you have clay underneath. You have a beautiful, lush lawn on top of that.