The Q&A Archives: Lawn

Question: Hi. I have approx 1,300 square feet of lawn. Do I necessarily have to add an organic matter i.e. compost, manure on it? If I am going to put an inch over the entire area, I will be needing 110 cubic feet of compost. Is there a much more economical way in treating my lawn and preparing it for seeding next week? Thanks

Answer: I know it sounds like a lot of work and a big expense, but the effort you put forth now will determine the quality of your lawn for years to come. It will also make a major difference in the amount of upkeep and maintenance you will have to perform in the future. The condition and type of the soil under the grass is the most important element to the overall health of your lawn. It is a good idea to have the soil tested before establishing your new lawn. The soil test report will indicate the type and amount of fertilizer to apply for your lawn. This fertilizer (and lime, if required) should be worked into the top four to six inches of your soil. The soil should be tilled thoroughly, either by a mechanical tiller or digging down a spades depth over the entire area. The soil is now ready to be raked smooth, filling low spots and removing the humps and breaking up the larger clumps as you go. After you've prepared the soil, you can either broadcast seed or install sod. A thick, healthy lawn will shade and crowd out most weed seedlings so be sure to water and feed your new lawn on a regular basis. Enjoy your new lawn!

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