Answer: To prepare for planting sod (or seed) you need to remove existing vegetation, loosen the soil down about six inches and work in several inches of organic matter such as compost along with fertilizer and lime as indicated by soil tests. (The soil test results will tell you how much to use.) Then you would level the area and rake the surface smooth in preparation for laying the sod or seeding. Do not automatically use grub control products, they are only needed if there is a significant population of grubs in the lawn area soil. After planting, water as needed to supplement rain to keep the soil damp like a wrung out sponge to a depth of six inches while the grass becomes rooted and established. July and August are the most difficult months of the season to start a new lawn. It would be better if you could wait until early September when it cools off a little bit.
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