The Q&A Archives: Lawn Help!!!

Question: I have used Scotts Weed & Feed on my backyard to try to eliminate the weeds. Most of the weeds are gone and some blades of grass along with dried weeds, brown and sandy soil areas are what remain. Can you tell me the next step in removing the dead weeds from the backyard (rake, hand pullling??) and establishing a furtile ground for grass to grow? I know I need to purchase top soil since most of the backyard is sandy.

Oh, the backyard area gets lots of sun during the day and shade in the evening.

Thank you.

Answer: The first thing to do is run some basic soil tests to check fertility and soil pH. Then fertilize and add lime as indicated by the soil tests results. Sandy soil benefits from the addition of generous amounts of organic matter such as compost. I would recommend adding that rather than topsoil. Loosen the soil down about six inches, working in the compost. The best time of year to reseed is late summer to early fall. Reseeding now will be very difficult because the heat of summer is nearly upon us. Your local University of Maryland state extension should be able to help you with the soil testing and interpreting the results for growing lawn grass. They should also be able to recommend the best types of grass seed to use for your local soil and growing conditions. Good luck with your lawn!

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