All of the above: You provided good drainage, good nutrients,
and regular water. Of course, the grass is enthusiastic! The
very best lawn I ever had was one that I installed in new
construction. Because of drainage issues, the houses had been
built on a 3' layer of rip-rap fill. Instead of letting the
contractor bring in any old dirt he could find for topsoil, I
laid down a double thickness of burlap, and covered it with a
compacted foot of pure compost. After outlining the flower beds,
I seeded the 12 x 20 remaining space with a good grass blend, and
covered it with guaze for erosion control. Three weeks of daily
hand-watering later, I had a lush, green carpet.
You can repeat the same effect on your entire lawn -- without the
horrendous expense that this would be on a large scale [I can't
imagine actually covering a large lawn with guaze]:
1. Top the entire lawn with 4-6" of mixed compost and sand.
2. In the spring, reseed the whole lawn.
3. Water LIGHTLY daily until the new grass is established; make
sure the lawn gets an inch of water a week thereafter. [Do let
it go dormant in high summer.]
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