|I am looking to replace my backyard lawn, which is a fairly small area (400 sq feet), gets direct sunlight until about noon each day, and is currently some type of blade grass that is overrun with weeds. I am looking to replace it with something a bit more hardy, St. Augustine is what I had in mind. I don't have a green thumb but am willing to learn. Can someone please advise me with the best steps to take? Thanks for your help. |
FYI: I am more more interested in starting the new lawn with seed rather than buying already grown sod.
|The summers are not quite hot enough for St. Augustine or Bermuda grasses to thrive (although you can certainly try them). I'd recommend a tall fescue or a specialized grass seed mixture available at a local nursery or garden center. These mixes are a variety of grasses that do well in your specific area, and are custom mixed for either sun or shade conditions. Since you're replacing a lawn, you have two options: First, you can rototill the entire area, rake out the debris and level the area, then broadcast seeds. Or, you can use a weed killer on your existing lawn, rake out the old dead weeds and then overseed with new grass seed.|
I'd vote for the first option. It's more work but you'll end up with a brand new lawn that's lush, green and healthy. If you put your new lawn on a regular feeding and watering schedule you'll be rewarded with a beautiful grassy area.
Best wishes with your new lawn!