How to Grow Grass in Hard Dirt

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Grow grass in hard dirt by either breaking up the dirt with a shovel or just laying down a few inches of potting soil in which to plant grass seeds. Loosen hard dirt by soaking it with water and using instructions 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 are going to talk about how to get grass to grow in hard dirt. Well my answer to that is grass can never grow in very compacted dirt it needs loose organic soil so the first thing that you should do if you have got hard dirt is to try to work it up by taking a shovel and just digging it up or trying to rake it but saying that my theory is whatever type of dirt you have or rocks you have or soil you have it really doesn't matter because the easiest way to grow grass that I have found is just by putting a small layer just one to two inches of potting soil on top of your hard dirt and every Spring in the late Spring when the nights start getting warmer or in the Fall when it is still warm in night, September before it gets too cold at night start by adding some compost with lots of grass seed whatever varieties of perennials that come back from year to year and water it intensely for just a couple of weeks so if you have got really hard dirt it could be because it is too dry so just by running a hose on it and really soaking the dirt it might eventually kind of break up real easily and you can just take a shovel and work your way through it but if it is still hard as a rock it is just hard clay just put some compost on top, don't worry about what you have you can start a yard right on top of it, just put some compost down and lots of grass seed every Spring and Fall and you'll find that in a couple of years you will have a beautiful beautiful lawn.