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Weedy compacted lawn on clay - any advice? (4 replies)
Says it all really: my lawn is weedy and mossy, and to make matters worse, it's on clay and quite compacted.
My plan is as follows: treat with lawn weed and feed, and give it a week or so
Then aerate with some kind of tool: any ideas of what works best with clay soil?
Then try to get out the worst of the moss. Someone told me about a moss treatment that doesn't need the moss raking out. Any thoughts on that?
Then treat bald patches with some kind of product with grass-seed in it.
Is there a better plan that won't require the strength and stamina of an Olympic athlete or a team of garden slaves for a week, or indeed, a new lawn to be laid?
Aerate the lawn: Compacted soil can prevent water, air, and nutrients from reaching the roots of the grass, which can contribute to the growth of weeds. You can use a manual or mechanical aerator to create small holes in the soil, which will allow for better water and air circulation. Improve soil quality: Clay soil can be difficult for grass to grow in, as it can become compacted and not allow for proper drainage. Adding organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, can help to improve the structure of the soil and make it more hospitable for grass. Control weeds: There are various methods for controlling weeds, including pulling them by hand, using herbicides, or smothering them with mulch or a tarp. It's important to identify the type of weed you are dealing with and choose the appropriate control method. Choose the right grass variety: Some grass varieties are better suited for clay soil than others. For example, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass are all good options for clay soil. Consult with a local gardening expert to determine the best grass variety for your specific location. Water and fertilize appropriately: It's important to water your lawn deeply and infrequently, rather than giving it frequent shallow watering. This will encourage the grass roots to grow deeper into the soil. Also, fertilizing your lawn with a balanced fertilizer at the appropriate times of the year can help to promote healthy grass growth and outcompete weeds.
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Your problem is really difficult. It is very difficult to remove all the grass when the layer of grass has penetrated deep into the clay layer. Papa's freezeria
I understand your frustration with your weedy and mossy lawn on compacted clay soil. Here's a plan that may help without requiring excessive effort: 1. Start by treating the lawn with a weed and feed product, following the instructions carefully. 2. After a week, use a lawn aerator specifically designed for clay soil to alleviate compaction. You can find manual or powered aerators at garden centers. 3. For moss removal, consider using a moss treatment that doesn't require raking. Look for products containing iron sulfate or ferrous ammonium sulfate, which can kill moss without the need for physical removal. 4. Address bald patches by using a product that combines grass seed with a fertilizer or soil amendment. Follow the instructions for application. 5. Ensure the lawn receives adequate water, especially after applying treatments or seeding. This plan should help improve your lawn without requiring excessive physical effort or a complete lawn replacement. Pay by Plate Invoice