gardner attemptee - Knowledgebase Question

newark, NJ
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Question by aracely224
April 14, 2007
I'm interested on starting a lawn...and a garden. The grass is currently very patchy and has debree, twigs, rocks, glass etc. Should I scrape everything off...I really dont think using a rake will make a difference...any tips on helping me make this miracle? How long will the seeds get to bloomin? help!


Answer from NGA
April 14, 2007
First off, run some basic soil tests to check for fertilization and lime needed. Then rake away the debris and especially broken glass -- you do not want to step on that or cut your hand on it while working in the garden. Remove weeds by hand digging or by using an herbicide containing glyphosate. Loosen the soil down about six inches for lawn, deeper for flowers or vegetables. Work in organic matter such as compost and the fertilizer and/or lime as indicated by the tests. Level the area and rake the surface smooth. Decide where will be lawn and where will be garden.

Now seed your lawn grass and rake to barely cover the seeds. Water and cover with a light layer of straw to help shade the soil and keep it moist. Water as needed to keep it slightly moist. Plan on reseeding this fall, since late summer to early fall is actually the preferred time to start a lawn.

For the garden area, plant your seeds as indicated on the seed packet. Mulch with several inches of organic mulch. This will help keep down weeds and reduce watering, it will also help feed the soil as it breaks down over time. Enjoy your new yard!

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