Aeration could help, but it will become compacted again quickly if you don't
stop people from walking on it. This can be as simple as temporary metal
posts and some wire fence material. I'd keep it in place until late autumn.
Dig it up, maybe 6" deep. Remove rocks and anything else that doesn't belong
there. Buy peat moss. ***READ THE INSTRUCTIONS - YOU CAN'T RUSH THE CORRECT
METHOD FOR USING IT***. Mix with soil to make it fluffier. Firm the soil
with a wide plank of wood. NOT YOUR FOOT. Seed, cover with burlap, water
gently using a fine mist and ONLY a fine mist. The burlap achieves several
things: Keeps birds from eating seed. Keeps soil from getting crusty due to
watering or rain. Keeps soil moist.
When the grass is a few inches tall, gently lift off the burlap. Rinse it,
let it dry, and save it for the next spot that needs the same treatment.
Before you start digging try watering. Water at the time people
usually use your lawn for a short cut and water until the grass has 1"
of water a week, then cut what grows. A bit more water won't hurt
the grass if you need to turn it on to discourage someone's presence.
On Thu, 25 May 2006 12:52:13 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
Sure does, but with watering the grass doesn't seem to have a problem.
Some clay soils have to be watered longer and lighter to soak the
water in deep enough to encourage deeper healthy root growth. The
OP didn't say where he is or what kind of grass or soil, and I'm
betting he simply needs to water and cut. You may engineer him a new
lawn if you like, I just expressed my opinion.
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