Problems growing grass on clay soil with heavy shade
Hello, I’m a homeowner that has been trying to grow grass on the west side of my house for the past 30 years. The soil is very heavy clay and to compound the problems it also sits under 150 year old white oak trees. This spring I tried the following: used a Scotts shade seed, with black dirt that I rake over the clay soil to get some grass but not much. I also tried 2 pieces of sod where I removed the clay soil and planted the sod. I know that most sod is made for sunny areas so I was not surprised that sod basically died. I have a irrigation system that I use because the crown of my old oak trees does not allow rain to penetrate the ground under them. Is there a grass seed that I can use that will give me better results. Please review the photos bellow. any help would be greatly appreciated Tom Scanlon 763.545.0669/home 763.226.4046/cell
Hennepin County Minnesota
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Thanks for the prompt reply. I will expand my Hosta garden but I still would like to plant some grass where there is grass growing. I had a tree expert advise me to add lime to the soil and sweeten it so grass would grow. Is this a good idea? What is the best shade tolerant grass available? Can I add top soil to cover the clay and get a grass to grow? Thanks in advance for your help,
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