The Q&A Archives: Help on Lawn

Question: I recently bought a house, condition of lawn is very bad. Most of it has dead grass and weeds, please suggest what should I do to improve my lawn in this summer.

Answer: Fall is generally the best time to try to rescue or redo a lawn, so over the summer I would suggest you mow it regularly to prevent it becoming even worse and plan for your attack this fall. You should run some basic soil tests so that you can begin liming or adding organic matter or otherwise preparing the soil prior to replanting with either seed or sod later. Your local county extension should be able to help you identify the existing weed populations and determine if all of the existing plants need to be killed off first, and how best to accomplish that, or if the lawn can be salvaged. They should also be able to help you with the testing and interpreting the results, as well as suggest the most suitable grass varieties to use when you redo the lawn. Finally they should be able to help you determine an ongoing maintenance plan for your new lawn. Good luck with your project!

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