The Q&A Archives: planting grass

Question: in a new landscaping that had lots of weeds tilled under,do i spray or plant the grass then take care of the weeds; and also what is the best grass seed to use in our area?

Answer: It is usually best to kill the vegetation and then rototill. Since you've already tilled the area, rake out the weeds and roots, along with other debris such as rocks and sticks and level the area for planting. There will probably be weed seeds in the soil that you will have to contend with but you can deal with them after the turf is up and you've mowed it 3 times. Then you can use a pre emergent or spot treat any weeds that pop up. Choose a mixture of perennial ryegrass, creeping fescues and bluegrass. This mixture contains both cool season and warm season grasses and will ensure your lawn remains green all summer and winter long. Best wishes with your new lawn!

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