can't grow grass

shellyroseJune 25, 2008

We can't get grass to grow. We have tried sod and seed and no luck. Some of the soil is dirt/sand like because we live close to a creek. Do you have any suggestions as to what we can do to get grass to grow? I'm sick of the messy dirt and mud when it rains. Any suggestions would be helpful!!

Thanks.

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yarddoctor

Dear Shelly Rose

Thank you very much for your inquiry. I am going to need some more information in order to guide you into having a nice lawn. Specifically, tell me climate where you live and the environment of the lawn (shade, soil, etc) I look forward to hearing back from you.

Respectfully

Trey Rogers, The Briggs & Stratton Yard Doctor, YardDoctor.com

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 7:21AM
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shellyrose

Thanks for replying. We live in the northeast part of Mississippi. We live in the country. Most of our property is surrounded by large oak trees (shade). We do have grass (centipede) growing in other areas of the yard which are shaded as well. The soil in the problem area is really sandy. In some spots there is a green, mossy covering growing. Please let me know if you need any other information.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 12:04PM
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yarddoctor

Dear Shelly Rose

Thank you very much for your direction. My first approach would be to amend the soil in the top 3 inches with some compost. My idea here is to provide a little better water holding capacity for the turf to root. I would probably then go back and try centipedegrass one more time, make sure I put down a starter fertilizer before I put down the grass, and kept it well watered (but not waterlogged) for the first three weeks. Let me know how it goes.

Again, thanks for the question and let me know if you have more.

Respectfully

Trey Rogers, The Briggs & Stratton Yard Doctor, YardDoctor.com

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 7:48AM
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shellyrose

Mr. Rogers,

Thanks for your advice. We are going to give it a try and I will let you know the outcome.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 10:33AM
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MROZ2001_COMCAST_NET

Hello we have the same problem with our grass, but in our case we have a big Maple Tree right in the middle of our yard and some tree roots have come up... We can not get seed or sod to take in that area...

    Bookmark   February 14, 2009 at 1:51PM
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kellyklan004_yahoo_com

We are unable to grow grass. We are in the Pocono's where the weather is unpredictable. The area in question is almost completely in the shade. The ground is very hard with rocks. Tried quite a number of things with no success. Is there any chance of a green lawn

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 8:44AM
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beckring_sbcglobal_net

We just removed a huge sweet gum tree in our front yard. We had the stump removed and we removed all the old mulch from the tree. It created a huge whole which we filled in with high quality top soil. We planted seed and used starter fertilizer. The grass came up and it is now starting to turn light green or yellowish like it is dying out.(after 1 month) We have had quite a bit of rain, but the other surrounding areas we planted seem to be ok. It is just where the hole was.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2009 at 4:11PM
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datriautumn_yahoo_com

I live in maryland and I have a very small backyard that has nothing but dirt in it,I have tried growing grass even the expensive stuff,I have used fertilizers,I put hay down to try and grow it and once it starts to grow it just stops..the dirt in my backyard is so dry that it looks crackled all over and all that grows is weeds...Ive tried everything I can think of PLEASE HELP!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 4:58PM
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vernajwagner_yahoo_com

we live in East TN. We have spent lots and lots of money trying to get grass to grown in our front yard. We hired TruGreen for 2 years..and now our yard is even worse. We have big bare spots and lots of weeds..some of the weeds have thick stems and looks kinda like what if found in field on famers...another is a low weed that spread and roots go with the spreading. The subdivision is about 20 years old, we have the worse yard in the subdivision and we work the hardest. I have taken pictures of our yard, right now I have piles of weeds in our drive and it isn't a drop in a bucket of what is left. It is terrible and we have put many, many hours trying to fix the problem..and it hurts to walk on the yard w/o shoes...irrigating, compost, top soils, plowed..weed and seed and much more thru the years. Our front yard is on the East side of the house. If you can think of anything we may not have tried.please advise. It is bare, full of thick weeds that look like small trees growing, Bermuda grass, stickers you name it..and TrueGreen only got rid of the dandelions.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 3:20PM
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moorefun4_frontier_com

I live in a full sun area in the Eastern Panhandle of WV (Martinsburg). I live on a hill and it is mainly made up of shale. Grass will grow on the slopes but not on the flat upper part. I have tried peat moss & top soil it just seems to run down the hill side. Please Help!!!!!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 9:53AM
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manitzas_yahoo_com

Please help, We live on 3 acres in a house that was built by my in laws about 35 years ago. We use to have grass but now all the hard woods and pine woods have created so much shade it blocks any sun. Also all are top soil has washed away. Would appreciate any help. Thank You,

    Bookmark   April 2, 2011 at 3:27PM
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JAZZ461_YAHOO_COM

WE BUILD OUR HOUSE THREE YRS AGO ON A GRAVEL BANK. WE USED THE LOOM THAT HAD BEEN STOCKED PILE (HUGE PILE) FOR 12 YEARS. ALL WE END UP GETTING IS CRAB GRASS SOME PATCHY AREAS OF GRASS AND SOME MOSS. WE HAVE APPROX 4 ACRES OF LAWN. THE ONLY TREES ARE ON THE OUTSIDE EDGE. EASTERN CONNECTICUT. DIRECT SUN ALL DAY. PLEASE HELP. WE HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY ONLY TO LOOK OUT AND SEE DEAD GRASS. THREE YEARS OF TRYING NOTHING YET.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 11:34AM
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jrusso3283_yahoo_com

I would appreciate any help it is a shaded area I have layed soil, tilled and threw down shaded seed. I have grass growing in spots. How do I get it to grow in the other areas? I water all the time and cant get anything. Please help.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 7:08PM
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