Answer: The keys to starting a new lawn are: soil preparation, grass variety, and early care. First, the soil: you want to provide a rich, weed-free environment for your new lawn. Depending upon the whether or not you have decent soil, you may only need to till up the area, grade it, rake it, and plant seed. If the soil is thin, you might want to bring in topsoil, rake it out to a smooth surface, and plant. Choose a grass seed appropriate for your use (heavy traffic, shade, etc.). Your local garden center should carry an extensive selections. Once you spread the seed, you need to lightly rake it in, or use a lawn roller. This is to ensure that the seed is in close contact with the soil, so it can germinate. You may want to spread some compost or peatmoss lightly over the surface, to minimize erosion and keep the birds from eating all your seed. Finally, keep the new lawn well watered, and try not to walk on it until it is well-established. Best wishes with your new turf!
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