Hi- sorry if this has been covered before, but I live in Massachusetts and have a back yard that is shady (large trees at either end) and muddy. The grass is sparse, and the previous owner was a dedicated follower of the Scotts lawn plan. When it rains, the yard is almost swampy, when it dries for a while it's more like hard packed mud. With all the melting snow now, every step is a big squish sound. I'm planning on getting some Ringers, and am considering renting something to aerate it with. Good so far? Not sure what kind of grass is there. Thanks!
It sounds like you have a lot of clay in your soil and could benefit from a drainage solution. To do this right, I don't know of a way that is cheap or easy. But the first step would be to confirm if this is the issue.
Do you know if your soil has a lot of clay?
What is your soil like if you try to dig a hole a foot deep?
Could be- I did dig a hole for a plant and had, if I remember, a fair amount of clay and a lot of rocks. We're told that the area had been swampy before the neighborhood was built, pre 1930. The front yard, by the way, has pretty thick grass (not nearly as shady).