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Question: Within the last 6 months my sister and I moved to Brunswick,Ga and we would like to fix up the backyard of our duplex. Since the owner has her office on the other side of the duplex, she says that we can do whatever we would like to beautify the back yard( medium to small size backyard). The ground is full of antbeds and very dry. The grass is patchy and mostly weeds. I would like to have a few flower beds here and there and maybe put down some stones for a patio. My question is, what is the best way to treat the dirt and get rid of the antbeds? I want to fix the yard so that I only have a few areas with grass and will probably have to get some sod squares or would seeds be better? I'm trying to do this on a shoe-string budget. Any advice that you can give will help. Thank you

Answer: Estavia,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

Your question is really many in one. Let me try to answer some of them and please submit other questions to the web site for more information and assistance.

If the ants are fire ants first apply a bait such as Amdro and then after a few weeks apply a contact insecticide to any mounds that escape the first treatment. Your local Home Depot garden center staff can help you locate ant control products at the store.

Take a soil sample (your County Extension Office can provide info and assistance in having your soil tested) and based on the result apply the recommended fertilizer to the area to be made into a lawn and rototill in. Then grass can be sodded into the site.

The soil for flowerbeds need to have a couple of inches of compost rototilled in. You can hire someone to do this to prepare your beds.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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