Cat Alcott wrote:I'm looking for advice: my front yard has minimal sad grass and likely no soil life but it does have a 3-4 inch thatch from previous generations of grass and lots of weeds. I assume it's the compacted mineral soil that was graded when the house was built 30+ yrs ago that has had sod and chemicals applied for decades. I want to keep it as grass for kiddos to play on so need some help to fix it. Eventually I probably will replace some (all?) of it with more diverse plants, so would live to have some great soil ready for that. (And really I just want to experiment and get the soil great for the fun of it too!)
- amend with something
- get it tested for something
- dump a 12-18" combination of compost, old straw, wood chips, etc and start relatively fresh with new grass seed - I can get these things relatively easily to my house.
- sheet mulch (I've done this everywhere else in my yard but I'm really sick of dealing with the cardboard...)
- add soil microbes
- plant it in some kind of cover crop, mow that down then add less compost and seed in that in the fall ...this could be fun especially to to watch the neighbors' reactions!, but I don't know if any seeds would be able to germinate in the existing clumpy, thatch mess.
- aerate/dethatch (I don't know how to do this...)
- something else entirely?
Thanks in advance!