The Q&A Archives: How to get rid of brush and weeds in new lawn

Question: Our new home has a section of lawn about 10 ft. wide by 100 ft. long that was not sodded and is covered with tall grass, weeds and some brush. What is the best way to get rid of the bad stuff and plant new grass as well as incorporate areas of native prairie grass in that area?

Answer: You can cut down the brush and either hand dig or till the area and rake out the debris, or cover over the area with cardboard or 6 sheets of newspaper then lay a sheet of plastic on top of that. It will take most of the summer to kill the grass in this manner, but it is reasonably efficient. Or you can use a vegetation killer such as Round Up. After the brush and grass are dead, you can either rake it out of the area or rototil it in. After removing all the debris, amend the soil with organic material such as compost, dig it in, level the area and then broadcast your seeds, covering them with a thin layer of compost or peat moss to help keep the seed bed moist. The grass seed should germinate in 7-10 days. Best wishes with your new lawn.

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