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Old 10-06-2010, 07:34 PM   #16
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Growing Grass after removing an above ground pool


Here's a picture of the area.. I went out and took some pics tonight. I don't know if it'll help anything or not....

I have the areas marked... As you can see everything is very level with the ground so I hate to dig much. Where would you suggest me making that hole? Will the grass grown on top of all of that clay and sand? With having one or two holes for water to drain into? We should have no problem with the other area.

Then the electrical wire I was talking about in another post. There is an outlet on it.. we would use it.. only it's in the middle of the yard.. But anyway... we haven't been able to test if it's live or not yet, but they did try to plug something into it.. and it did not work.. so I don't know if that proves that it's dead or not. We'll still test it before we do anything with it.

We are still waiting on the people to finish putting our fence in.. it's driving me crazy.. they are so close to done.. but they still aren't finished.. He came over for like 20 minutes today did a few little things and then left.. with more still to do. sigh!! But anyway, with the fence up no one could really pull in and dump any dirt into the spot.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:37 PM   #17
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That's a tough situation
My area was slightly lower
So adding soil was OK
If its pretty level there then you need to dig out some of whats there
Or you will have a raised area
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:38 PM   #18
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The circle where the pool was is very slightly but not very noticeably lower than the rest of the ground.. but not much at all.

I was talking to my mom tonight.. and she told informed me that the yard at the house I grew up in... was all clay.. and grass grew in the clay fine.... soooo... I don't know

What do you mean when you mentioned making the hole in the clay? Could I do it without any new dirt? Maybe just take some from the area that's slightly raised where the deck was and mix it into the sand?
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:49 PM   #19
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If there is a drainage problem digging thru the clay will allow water to drain
If you don't have any long term standing water then you are fine
If grass will grow in the clay then I'd either mix in dirt if you have extra
Or bring in some dirt & add it on top
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:00 PM   #20
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only thing is... it's very hard to break up the clay.. it's very rubbery.. I can definitely mix some of the extra dirt with the sand.. DH and I are both taking half days tomorrow.. we have an appointment but then after that we will probably run to lowes and see about getting some grass seed and maybe some dirt.. I don't know where on earth we buy dirt from? lol I know that may be a very stupid question..... But can you get it at places like Lowes or do I need to go somewhere else? I thought maybe I could get a little soil to mix in with it... ?
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I bought mine from a local garden center
Near my house here there is a sand/gravel/mulch company that carries just about everything
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:23 PM   #22
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in the area where the dirt is.. and rocks.. we got most of them up.. but if there are still some there will the grass still grow?
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:25 PM   #23
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Yes...I have grass growing in very rocky soil
Just make sure the lawnmower won't hit a rock
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Ok.. thanks!
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Well, it's spring now and I want to update and bring this back up. So we added soil to the circle where the pool was and planted grass.. we thought we had all the rocks up in the other areas and planted seed there too.. we did this in the fall. In the circle there is a ton of grass on top of the clay/sand/soil.. but it's very patchy.. the areas where the rocks were.. almost none grew and LOTS more rocks have appeared from under the ground and it seems like everytime we shovel up the rocks.. and then it rains millions of more little pea gravel rocks appear. We are breaking our backs trying to get all of those tiny rocks up. But anyway.. we plan to till up the soil in that area really well once we finally get most of the rocks up.. and plant again. And plant more again over the circle..

Then we have the rest of our yard.. it has several patchy spots where there isn't much grass for some reason and full of weeds.. especially those sticky things. And we really don't like the kids playing out there with all of those. Do we need to seed this area? the whole yard or just the patches? Or do we just need to fertilize it? Should we wait until the grass is in where the pool was before fertilizing? What is the best type of fertilizer to use? We want to use it all over the yard everywhere... so which is the best to get rid of those sticky weeds and is there any kind that is safe for kids and dogs?

Sorry for all of the questions.... I need help! lol Thanks so much!
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