DIY relandscaping - Knowledgebase Question

Vallejo, Ca
Question by Annp500
March 23, 2010
We're interested in relandscaping our front yard on our own. It's full of weeds. What would be the best way to put in new grass? We were planning on putting sod instead of seeds. Do we mow lawn first and dig up the weeds or we can just dig up the weeds? After digging up the weeds, do we apply roundup and let it sit for a while? What else do we do? Thank you

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2010


I think the best approach is to use a vegetation killer (such as Round Up) to kill existing weeds. Once you've killed the weeds you?ll want to rototill the area to break up the soil. (The Round Up will remain in the weeds but it won't move in the soil so once the weeds are dead and you've raked them out of the soil, you can seed or sod right away.) After rototilling, 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.

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