The Q&A Archives: Lawn Preparation

Question: I just moved into a house. It seems to me I have more weeds growing than I do grass. I want to know if I start from the beginning, what are the steps or procedures if I want the best lawn on the block. If I rototill do I start now in the month of Nov. or do I want until spring?

Answer: I would suggest you wait until spring to establish new turf. You can do a soil test now to see if you need to add nutrients to your lawn area. Your County Extension Office can assist you with the soil testing procedure and with recommendations for nutrients needed after the results are in. They can also provide information on turf species for your area and perhaps some local suppliers. Their number is 404-730-7000.

In spring (about April) you should kill the weeds first with a product such as Roundup. Give it a week or two to work and then spread the nutrients as per your soil test report and rototill the area. Wait a few days and then lay the sod. Press it frimly to the soil and water it well as you lay it down. Water daily for a week and then every 2 or three days for another week.

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