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Old 03-18-2015, 07:19 PM   #1
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My lawn is all lumpy. It's bare in some spots, while there is grass in other spots, so when you walk on it, it feels like your walking on lumps (which are actually the sections with the grass. Here is a picture of what it looks like:

It also has different kinds of grass, weeds, etc. Should I just roto-till the whole thing and start fresh? Or is that overkill? Is there a simpler way, like just laying down an inch of dirt on everything and spreading grass seed? Either way, I'm ready to put in some work. I just want to do it right.

So what would your plan of attack be in a situation like this? What would you do? Thanks!
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:46 PM   #2
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It would be a waste of time and money to do anything without determining why a once established lawn didn't survive. Taking this picture you provided us to your county extension service and soil samples that were taken with their supervision would be a good place to start. If you have areas of shade that would be well to mention to them also.
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It looks like it's a bit over dry. You could try to add sand, but the other weeds and such need to be address too.
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Get a soil sample done as suggested above before you do anything. Until you know the soils basic physical condition which requires knowing the pH; nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium levels, you won't be able to get anything to grow well. It will probably cost about $25 but your extension office should write a report that tells you exactly what you need to do to get your soil in shape, once you've done that you will get your grass to thrive.
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