How to Grow Grass on Poor Soil
To grow grass on poor soil, add a layer of compost or potting soil on top of the ground, sprinkle grass seeds and water the area frequently. Plant grass on poor soil in the spring or fall with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing grass.
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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to grow grass in poor soil. Well, my philosophy on that is I've lived in a lot of different places and tried to grow grass in a lot of different situations. And wherever I've grown grass, I've come to the conclusion: Don't really worry about the soil that you have right now because whatever you have, it's better to work on top of it anyway because grass needs good drainage. And even if you have good soil where you're at, it wouldn't hurt to put a layer of leaves, a layer of compost, a layer of potting soil above that before you grass seed it because, that way, it'll have good nutrition underneath. Even if you've got big spots of clay that you want to fill in, and if I put seed right on top of it, it's not going to do a lot because it'll just wash away because it's like putting it on cement. All you have to do is put a couple inches of potting soil or compost on top of that spot, and every spring and every fall, put lots of grass seed. Rake it into that compost, water it well, and you'll find that grass will grow lush on top of any soil. So it really doesn't matter what type of soil you have. Always work on top of it because grass needs good drainage. So just put a few layers of compost or potting soil on top of your bed dirt, add some grass seed in the spring and the fall, water it well, and it'll fill in lushly and you'll have a beautiful yard.