how to grow grass

Asked March 31, 2020, 1:04 PM EDT

Hi, My daughter wants to plant sod where the grass doesn't grow. The area is surrounded by a high fence so gets plenty of shade. She has small children and wants the area to be more usable for them. It doesn't dry out well and is now muddy. How can that area be prepped and what do you recommend for growing grass?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for writing.
I am going to assume the area is wet not because it is a septic field. It may be useful to install a rock swale (a foot wide 4-6 inch deep trench filled with small rocks to take the water to a lower area where it can drain. Alternatively, if the soil is compacted from years of use, core aeration might help. A lawn service can do this. It is a one time service.

Most people buy bluegrass lawns. For your situation, fescues might be a better choice. They are tough, dont require as much water, can live in water, need less mowing. Fine fescue (a short variety) might work the best.
I hope this helps.

You might consider soil testing.