Grass Growing in Wentzville ADVICE NEEDED Please

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O Fallon, MO

#1 Mar 21, 2012
Moved into new house 11/2006. Yard was sodded. Despite my attempts over the past 6 years at fertilizing and weed killing and reseeding, my yard is crap. While most of the rest of the neighborhood has yards coming in full and green already, mine is spotty, dead, and mostly brown. I've tried everything that I could think of, to no avail. I'm at a loss.

What do I do? Kill it all, till it up and reseed? Just rake the dead spots and throw down dirt and reseed? Just hire someone? I'm looking for some solid advice. Here in Wentzville, so below the dead sod layer is probably mostly rock and clay.


Lake Saint Louis, MO

#2 Mar 21, 2012
You may be right, it may be a shallow layer of growing medium- too much hardpan at a shallow depth will cause poor root development.

It also could be a nutrient issue. Too much nitrogen will turn the area brown and kill the roots. This can easily happen if you have a dog that uses the area frequently. If that is the case- some lime added into the top couple inches of soil and a reseeding will help, but you need to retrain the dog to another area.

In short, without a proper analysis of the soil and on site inspection, you have many things that could be causing it, from infestations, to poor soil to nutrient issues.... you can try to fix it, but you may just be throwing money at it until you hit the right solution. My advice, call a professional and at least talk to them- maybe they can head you in the right direction with just a call- or maybe a free inspection ansd estimate of their services.

Good luck!

Waukegan, IL

#3 Mar 27, 2012
I had one of those companies last year come up and say they will fertlize my yard and such on a monthly basis. I was skeptical as my yard looked alot like your are describing. It's like 50 bucks a month and I did it all last year and they started agian this year. Point is this year my yard looks the best it has ever looked. The grass is very green and lush and not full of weeds. My house was also sodded when I bought it. I think what also helped out is they plug aerated and overseed last fall.

United States

#4 Mar 30, 2012
sod was blue grass-your in mo

O Fallon, MO

#5 Apr 3, 2012
You can try Greene's Country Store on Highway N for advice. They can help with amending your soil.
Old Guy

Warrenton, MO

#6 Apr 7, 2012
Wouln't surprise me if the developer graded off the top soil and sold it back to the home buyers...maybe the original homebuyer decided not to put down top soil before it was sodded. Of course my opinion of developers is about two notches below a car salesman.

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