Dead Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Camano Island, WA
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Question by sole
June 14, 2005
About two months ago we killed our lawn so we can landscape our backyard. Mainly we want to have some lawn and add few raised beds.
Unfortunately the landscapers will charge a lot of money that we dont have.
What if we just put topsoil in top of the dead lawn?
Is the lawn going to comeback again?
Are the plants going to do well on those beds?
We also want to seed new lawn?

Thanks for your help

Answer from NGA
June 14, 2005
The best course of action is to rototill the dead lawn area then rake and remove the debris. If you used an herbicide to kill the lawn, it has probably degraded by now and there shouldn't be any residual action which would harm the roots of your new plants. After removing the debris, rake the area level, reseed the areas you want lawn in and add topsoil for your raised beds. Doing it yourself is labor-intensive, but by the end of the summer you should have a brand new landscape at only a fraction of the cost.

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