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Question DetailsAsked on 7/22/2017

my backyard floods really bad and ive planted grass seed but it seems to wash away when it rains ,do i need dirt

my neighbors does nt seem to have this problem ,my lot is on a corner and i have a ditch in my front that drain to a canal down the street so all the water goes thru my yard carrying off my grass i guess ,what kind of dirt do i get and how much and about how much will it cost

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Unless you have established stable and healthy grass and are just trying to promote faster fill-in than occurs naturally, which requires substantial overseeding because of the poor survival rate of seed just thrown on the ground, broadcasting seed without a thin (1/8) topsoil cover lightly rolled or compacted over it will rarely take well.

Since it sounds like you have periodically substantial runoff flows through this swale or ditch, topsoil and seed is unlikely to work well as it is likely to wash out or at least gully. I would (depending on how much work you want to go to yourself) either harvest some sod out of your yard from a place it is healthy and not subject to watererosion and put it in the ditch (may need to remove a few inches of native soil to make room for the sod if a shallow or small ditch or if it runs near-full in heavy rains), then replace the new bare spot with topsoil and grass seed to replace the scavenged grass.

Other alternative, if the water really flows through there or sits for such periods of time that it will kill grass (like grass does not naturally survive there now in at least some spots), then cobbles or shot rock or sufficient size to not be moved by the water is your solution.

Otherwise sod it, with commercial sod - bought from a sod farm and placed yourself, or commercially brought and placed.

Here is a recent question on sod with a number of links on sodding and ballpark pricing FYI:

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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