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Question: Hi i wanted to start a lawn in my parents backyard as of right now there is dried up weeds i was wondering if you could tell me what would be a great grass to lay out there i stay in modesto ca and i need a grass that does not take a lot of maintenance and that is fit for kids to run around on any info will help thanks

Answer: The effort that 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. Use a vegetation killer (such as Round Up) to kill existing weeds. Once you've killed the weeds you?ll want to remove them, then rake and remove any other debris such as sticks and rocks. Then 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. Bermuda is the turfgrass of choice for your warm summer area but it will die down when the weather cools in October. If you want a green lawn year around, overseed the bermuda with a cool season grass such as perennial ryegrass in September. This turf will begin to grow when the bermuda goes dormant. Enjoy your new lawn!

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