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Old 04-15-2015, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hello all. Recently installed a fence and they dumped the post hole dirt in my front yard to try and level it out. Problem is the dirt is all clay. I leveled the clay as best as possible and bought topsoil and compost and tried to mix it all in. Dropped some grass seed and waited. Nothing. I'm guess it's because of all the clay but I have no idea. Is this salvageable?

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Old 04-15-2015, 03:47 PM   #2
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I doubt the soil is the problem for seed germination but it can determine what it does post germination.. Grass seed isn't nearly as persnickety about soil type for germination as it is about soil contact, soil temperature and soil moisture.
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It looks like decent soil. And even if it was junk, you'd see something.

How long has it been? Warm temps? Watered properly?
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:12 PM   #4
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Watered twice a day for a few days and then we started getting rain in MD. Im gonna try a new seed. I used an old bag of seed so that may have something to do with it.
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I certainly agree with the others that that soil doesn't look that bad. The old seed certainly isn't helping your problem and depending on what part of Maryland you are in the weather may not have been warm enough yet for it to germinate.
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Use new seed. Yes. Definitely. Shoot for 4 seeds per square inch. Rake it lightly into the soil and cover it with mulch. Water frequently, but just enough to get the seeds damp.

You said you "dropped some seed". I'm imagining it all washing away in the rain and getting eaten by birds.
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What type of grass seed and when did you spread the seed?
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Optimum time for NEW grass from germination in your zone is in the Fall, plant generally late August through late September.

You can be successful in the Spring, BUT you need to LIGHTLY water --- heavy MIST --- twice a day, and you need to mulch with something, either peat moss or straw. Seeds must be in firm contact with the soil --- they are not going to germinate, for the most part, just by being stewn over soil. Once seed is up, if planted in Spring, survival is going to be dicey, and will depend on how hot and soon summer booms in, and how much time and attention you give to watering.

It doesn't appear from your photo that there is much grade, but if there is, heavy rain even for a few hours can wash most seed away. That's why box stores sell "blankets" and other aids for grade situations. Good luck.
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