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Grass planting - new house - red clay backyard

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  1. GROWERFORNC

    GROWERFORNC New Member

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    Hi all,

    I'd like to plant some grass in the backyard of my townhouse - it's 28X16.

    Can you tell me what I need?

    I watched some videos that said 1/3 topsoil/sand/compost is what's needed. I figured about 1.5 yards each for my little lot.

    Right now the contractors have thrown pine needles over the red clay.

    Thanks from Charl 0413181552_resized.jpg otte NC,
     
  2. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
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    Look locally for sod & be done with it. Spreading, leveling & seeding such a small area is not worth it.

    BTW, an area of 28' X 16' requires 4.1 cu. yards of dirt to attain a a depth of 3 inches (and that's before settling). I would go at least 6 inches if I was going to seed my own.
     
  3. GROWERFORNC

    GROWERFORNC New Member

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    Thanks for the help.

    Should I treat the red clay before applying the sod?

    What's the hardiest sod?

    thanks again
     
  4. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
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    What's hardy here in Texas may not be the same as for your locale. Talk to the sod guy, he'd be better able to answer that question.
     
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