The Q&A Archives: Backyard debockle

Question: When we moved into our new home, our backyard is nothing more than the left over ground from when the house was built. I have a large patch of bermuda grass, and who knows what other grasses are there. How can I clean this up and have a nice plush backyard?

Answer: I think you can reclaim your lawn and landscape and the best way is to work one area at a time. Begin by removing the debris and any weeds in one specific area of the yard, with the plan to eventually work your way all around the landscape. After removing all the debris, decide how large a lawn area you want and whether or not you want to install flower beds, a vegetable garden, trees and shrubs. You will want to amend the soil in the planting beds by incorporating some organic matter prior to planting so now's the time to get the soil ready. As for renovating your lawn, Purdue has some terrific publications on turf ( ), as well as publications on landscape plants, soil preparation and perennials, along with some landscape design ideas ( You can download these publications for future reference as you get your landscape up and growing.

Best wishes with your new landscape!

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