Lawns - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by LJETHOME
September 19, 2010
We want to try to restart our front lawn which is overrun with weeds and ground cover weeds. What is our 1st step? If we must kill the weeds first, what product do we use? Is there a product that just kills weeds and does not fertilize? Would this be indicated or one WITH A FERTILIZER? please HELP!!!

Answer from NGA
September 19, 2010
There are a couple of ways to renovate your lawn. You can use a weed killer (such as Weed B Gon Max) and then overseed your lawn or you can start fresh by completely redoing the lawn.

If you decide to redo the entire lawn, start by using a vegetation killer such as Round Up, allowing it to work (about a week) and then rototilling the area to break up the soil. Remove any debris (stones, sticks, weeds, etc.) and then spread 4-5 inches of organic matter over the area and rototill it in, then rake the area smooth. Sod produces an almost instant lawn because the grass is mature with a healthy root system. After laying the sod and watering it down well, it only takes a week or two to become firmly established. Seeding takes a little longer, but the results are eventually the same - a lush, thick, healthy lawn. If you decide to seed your lawn, 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.

The second option is to aerate your existing lawn. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. Use a weed killer first and then aerate. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand or compost over the area and water it in well. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs. You can then overseed your entire lawn.

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