soil testing for planting grass seeds

Asked June 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EDT

I have spends hundreds of dollars during the years for planting grass seeds in my front yard. The grass in the back yard is excellent. I spend $1,000 a few years ago to have a landscape contractor re-do the front yard. They dug up the front yard, put down manure, etc. and the grass grew and looked excellent for about 2 months and then it went bad. Last year I dug up the front yard and put down sod it looked good for about 3 weeks and went bad. I took the sod up and put down new sod in the "same" place; it didn't last a good week. This year I dug up the front yard again and put down Pennington Complete grass seed and the front is very spotty and has a lot of ant holes. Will a soil test determine what my problem is?

Prince George's County Maryland lawn

1 Response

It never hurts to have a soil test. That could determine your problem. We would suggest that you do your lawn renovation in the fall rather than the spring. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG102%20Lawn%20Estab... The most common problem with lawn renovation is insufficent moisture. If you decide to use sod, be sure to purchase recently dug sod from a reputable source. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/seedingsodding-lawns Tall fescue is a good type of grass to plant. vw