How to Fix Muddy Grass

Written by elton dunn
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Lawns retain mud when the soil underneath cannot absorb water. While even the most well-draining lawn can turn muddy if storms are heavy, chronically muddy grass needs a serious overhaul. Uneven terrain can exacerbate drainage problems, since water pools in depressions. Fixing the underlying drainage problem takes a few hours, and reseeding your lawn takes several weeks for the new grass to grow.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Rototiller
  • Compost or manure
  • Grass seed
  • Bagged topsoil (optional)

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  1. 1

    Wait until the soil dries out, since you can't troubleshoot a muddy yard while it's still wet. When the soil is firm enough to be worked, it's time to fix your lawn.

  2. 2

    Divert drainpipes away from your yard, since they may be adding to the mud factor. Dig a drainage ditch underneath the downspouts that allows rainwater to collect without spilling into your yard. Alternatively, set a rain barrel beneath a downspout to collect rainwater that can be used to water your plants.

  3. 3

    Till the lawn with a rototiller. Work the rototiller over the area that gets muddy. This turns and aerates the soil. If your muddy area is in a depression, level it by adding bagged topsoil.

  4. 4

    Broadcast up to 6 inches of compost or manure over the area you tilled, then till a second time. Organic material helps lighten the soil so it can absorb water without turning muddy. Improved soil drainage means you won't get muddy grass.

  5. 5

    Spread grass seed over the tilled area, then moisten the area. Keep the area moist until the grass germinates.

Tips and warnings

  • Plant water-loving plants in your newly dug drainage ditch to have a rain garden.

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