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Old 05-21-2010, 07:51 PM
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How do you get grass to grow in red clay dirt ?

We cleared a lot in our yard last year and had the ground looking perfect, planted some seed and it grew up in patches.

The guy we talked to this year (we are starting from scratch again) said to use falcon fescue.

I understand we will need lime and possibly manure to fertilize the dirt ?

Anybody experienced with this ?
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:07 PM
Location: Jonesborough, TN
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You in Jonesborough? Its very tough!
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:20 AM
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Default No, just outside Kingsport towards Gray.

Thank God I married a southern boy who knows how to use/has a tractor. We are putting up a privacy fence on our cleared lot and the ground is solid red clay and so hard. Forget shovels and post hole diggers. The little tiller just bounced off the ground and hubby decided it was time to get the big guns out. Plow and auger got the job done.

If we could just get darn grass to grow we'd have it made. It's hard to get anything at all to "take" on this dirt.

I guess if we had $$$ we would get some good quality top soil hauled in but OMG it's expensive.
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:14 PM
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I will be interested to hear some other thoughts--I bought a place in Bristol TN last year and the ?soil? seems to be similar to what you are facing. I am not so much interested in a lawn (I plan to terrace the backyard and put in a series of raised beds.) Anybody know of a place to get some horse manure/bedding? That helped me in the past--maybe it will work on the red concrete (oops, excuse me, red clay.)

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