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As winter passes and spring begins, homeowners everywhere start to look forward to utilizing their backyards again. Unfortunately, snow can leave yards with muddy patches—not so great for entertaining guests or for children to play on.

Luckily, this is a pretty simple fix, as long as your soil isn't saturated year-round. Even if it is, these landscaping DIYers know the tricks for growing grass in the muddy areas.

Original Post: Growing Grass in Mud Patches

theoneadamk Member

The snow has thawed out as the weather is getting warmer. I noticed several mud patches in the yard. What is the easiest and most cost effective way to fill the patches with grass? I like to work on it this spring, so when summer time comes around and I start having cookouts, people can walk through the yard without stepping in mud. Right now the mud is still soft as weather averages 55 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in March. I am a complete novice when it comes to landscaping, and I would appreciate any sound advice you can offer me.

Highlights from the Thread

Pilot Dane Group Moderator

If you just want to plant grass, I would use a garden rake to loosen the soil surface. Spread grass seed and lightly go over it again with the rake. Once the soil warms enough, the seed will germinate and grass will grow.

stickshift Group Moderator

Are these patches always muddy? If so, I would add some sand to the area as well.

Bud9051 Member

If the area always collects water, growing grass on top will do little to drain that excess. I'm speaking from experience. Basically, you need to provide a surface path to allow the excess water to drain away or change the soil below to allow it to drain down to some place other than your lawn. A percolation test would tell you if the soil below can handle it.

A note, as winter ends, if the ground is still frozen, that water has no place to go. If it disappears when the frost goes out, then problem solved, plant the grass.

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