Asked on Oct 9, 2017

I have areas in my backyard that will not grow any grass.

FauxgalRenee VlnaNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


My soil in the backyard seems to have drilling mud from the well mixed with soil. Nothing will grow on the surface, trees and deep rooted plants ok. What can I do to make my yard look moree attractive. I am 75 years old so digging up dirt not a real option. Help!

7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Use pea pebbles around the area,and make container plantings based on your location and lighting
  • Roxaneg
    on Oct 9, 2017

    You might need to either dig up and dispose of the soil or amend it with compost and top soil before planting.
  • Dfm
    on Oct 9, 2017

    top dress with a bit of fertilizer and replace the top soil if you can.
  • Kim
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Use it to your advantage! If nothing will grow there, that is the perfect spot for a seating area! Do you have a helpful young person in your life? Ask them to help lay paving stones, gravel, or Decomposed granite on the area and set up chairs and a table. That would be a nice coffee/tea and reading spot!
  • Cover in a couple inches of stone or gravel. Use benderboard to make a design and use different types of rock.
  • Renee Vlna
    on Oct 9, 2017

    I don'tknow how big an area. I would put plastic down, then dirt and plant on top of that.
  • Fauxgal
    on Oct 9, 2017

    Take or mail a soil sample to your department of agriculture. We did and had ours analyzed. We pretty much can't grow grass in certain areas, and we can prove it to our home owners assoc. IF the area can be amended with chemicals, or the right grass, the Dept of Agri. will let you know. Ours doesn't get enough sun along with poor soil.
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