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Question DetailsAsked on 9/18/2015

Looking for someone to spread topsoil over our entire lawn Live in Waxhaw.

We have fairly new construction and our yard is a bunch of rocks. In order to grow grass we need to put 2-3" topsoil over the rocks and clay. There are places to buy topsoil, but I need someone to spread it. Any suggestions/recommendations? We live in Waxhaw. Thanks

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Remember - if rocky, the rocks will pop to the top over time - over just a couple of years if you have a fair number of freeze-thaw cycles each year. Also, putting topsoil over existing soil - especially if packed due to construction activity - is asking for poor lawn performance.

It should be graded to a smooth, flat or gently rounded surface for proper future mowing, turned (disced or rototilled) about 4-6 inches deep, mixing in the appropriate amendments (organics, sand, clay etc as needed for your soil type) to give it good conditions for root growth and to prevent the subsoil from being a barrier to root and water penetration and to hold moisture, power raked out with a spring rock rake to remove the rocks, then topsoiled, seeded (at an appropriate time of year for your area), and rolled. Or after topsoiling, for a fair sized area, more commonly hydroseeded with a mulch mixed into the hydroseed liquid; or put down sod instead after the lawn rolling.

Landscaping is your Search the List category - or some Sod companies do the subgrade prep as well as lay the sod.

Get good instructions on the watering (amount, frequency, and method to avoid washing out the seed) and fertilizing - the first year watering and fertilizing in proper amounts at the proper time are critical to getting a uniform, healthy lawn start as opposed to a field of "measles" or "lawn mange", not to mention resistance to insect and mold/fungal damage.

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