Dug up Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Spanaway, Wa
Question by azlynsmom
May 7, 2010
My front lawn was 80% crabgrass and weeds so I have tore it all out. What is my next step(s) to have great grass for my kids to play on?

Answer from NGA
May 7, 2010


Although you've removed the crabgrass, I suspect seeds are still lurking in the soil so you'll want to remember to use a pre emergent crabgrass control product after your new lawn is up and growing. If you tore out your old lawn, I assume you used a rototiller. If so, spread 2-3 inches of compost and some starter fertilizer over the lawn area and dig it in to a depth of abour 6". Level the area and broadcast your grass seeds (or install sod). Keep the seed bed moist by watering frequently (several times a day if necessary to keep it from drying out). After you've mowed your new lawn 2-3 times, apply a crabgrass pre-emergent to discourage a resurgence of crabgrass. Best wishes with your new lawn!

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