The Q&A Archives: New Lawn

Question: My yard has weeds and brown spots and I was wondering should I till the whole yard and put seeds and cover it up with with straw

Answer: Sometimes the best approach to fixing a sick and neglected lawn is to start all over again with new grass and then put it on a regular watering, feeding and mowing schedule so it can grow thick and lush and crowd out weeds. It sounds as though that's what you want to do. Spring is the best time. Rototill, rake out the debris, level the soil and broadcast your seeds. You can cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost or straw to hold it in place until it sprouts. Water as often as necessary to keep the seeds moist and the grass should come up in 10-14 days. After it is 3 inches tall, mow it and then reduce the frequency of watering. Your lawn will need one inch of water per week. Once or twice a week is usually sufficient if you water deeply each time. Feed your lawn in April, June, September and late November. Best wishes with your lawn!

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