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Question DetailsAsked on 3/8/2016

i have 2 different types of grass growing on my lawn, how can i fix it?

one part is thicker and the other grass in thinner

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Not knowing your locale, but my guess would be your primary grass is bluegrass or fine fescue or zoysia, which generally need decent topsoil and don't like drying out intermittently - and along a drive is generally thinned out topsoil (or thin when installed) and dries out well between rain/waterings because it is better drained, so the tougher species of grass take over the more sensitive types there - coarse fescue and perennial rye, for instance.


Could also be, especially if thinner grass is in larger patches or strips, that the topsoil was put in thin in some areas, or you have near-surface tree/shrub roots there stealing the nutrients and water from the lawn, or those area are more shaded.


Google for grass types with a search phrase like this - images for lawn grass species


You can also most likely find a brochure/lawn guide online at your state Cooperative Extension Service website for lawn grass types and care for your area.


With fertilization or coring and topcasting additional topsoil you can sometimes keep the grass type fairly homogeneous - but will be a constant battle to keep only one species, That basically requires "high-maintenance" care and a uniform grass height (so once or twice weekly mowing depending on area, because generally the tougher grasses like coarse fescue generally thrive when allowed to grow longer - but are also more drought and disease resistant than the shorter "putting green" species.


The other alternative, if the coarser type is acceptable to you, is to overseed the entire lawn in that type and let it take over - though in areas of significant moisture and sunshine variation across your lawn will commonly show 2 or 3 different types of grass in different proportions, each flourishing in its own favored environment.

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