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Old 03-15-2018, 08:26 AM   #1
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Growing grass in a low area of yard?


I have a back yard near a large Maple tree and have never been able to grow grass around the tree. The yard is very low in spots around my fence. I am thinking of getting fill dirt or topsoil? To put in the yard and bring up the level of the yard. Should I then put in grass seed or get sod to put over the new soil? Or is this the way to go? Please advise.
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Certain species of trees have a natural grass killer in them. That will stop all grass from growing under them.

I do not remember which ones at the moment, A more knowledgeable person will be along soon to fill in the blanks though.

How about putting a mulch bed instead.


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I have put a mulch area around the tree: 4-5 feet in some some spots and it goes all the way around the tree in a circular pattern and I planted seed last year and was very good about watering and grass still died.
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Search shade tolerant grass or ground cover and save yourself a lot of work that could be futile.
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Ayuh,..... I'd think the shade from the tree is the problem,....

Got any pictures,..??
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Here's some pictures: No grass can grow very well around these areas and especially around the back fence behind the swingset. That is where the lawn is sunken down.
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If it was so low to be constantly wet it would be a problem but I don't see that in the photo. I am not aware that any species of Maple repels grass. As others have mentioned, the shade is likely the problem. Source shade tolerant grass seed - there is even 'deep shade tolerant' seed. The mulch won't be much help; it's organic but it too course and the nutrients are not available to the seed to be of much use until it decomposes. As well, most commercial mulch is reclaimed wood and could contain any number of things. You need to lay down topsoil.
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Ayuh,...... I guess the answer lays on the other side of the fence,.....

I'm guessin', the grade Rises on the other side of the fence, which is why it's pondin' on yer side,.....

The dilemma is, if you fill in the low spot, the water from the house still needs to drain somewhere,.....
If you don't fill in the low spot enough, it still won't drain over whatevers on the other side of the fence,...
So it'll still be a wet spot,....

Simplest answer is to lower the grade on the other side of the fence,...
Water will only flow 1 way,........................ Downhill,........
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I see you started a thread on this in 2015.....You like the shade from the tree. Something porous can be laid under the tree, out to the drip line, so it is a usable space and let water and air to the roots. Dunno about the low spot...it seems more investigation is warranted. (Or leave it alone and plant mint).
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Yes, this has been a problem since we moved into house. Just in the last two years, I have dug around the tree and put in mulch. In years past, grass has been abundant in certain places. I was just like to have grass around the swing set and behind it for the grandkids. I'm thinking of putting in top soil and then buying either Pennington Dense Shade mix or Jonathan Green dense shade grass seed and see how that goes???
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Had a soil test done? I would also look into a core aeration of the area.
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I would consider sod for play area only. Nothing around the maple. Lawn and shade are not a good combination.
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