Plant a New Lawn
planting a new lawn

Six Steps to Planting a New Lawn

Planting a new lawn is a big job, you may want to tackle this in sections.  You can begin by redoing the worst or most visible lawn areas; then make plans to tackle other areas the following year.… Read more »

planting a new lawn

Step 1. Remove Old Turf

The first step is to kill and remove poor-quality turf, which you can accomplish several ways. Solarization: Cut the old lawn as close to grade as possible before you begin.  Solarization ki… Read more »

Toro Dingo with Power Tiller
planting a new lawn

Step 2: Fix Grade Problems

Take the time to fix any existing grade problems, before adding amendments to the soil. For minor grading problems, small versions of earthmoving equipment are often available to rent or b… Read more »

Amend soil
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Step 3: Amend the Soil

This is your best opportunity to add amendments such as fertilizer, organic matter, and lime or sulfur.  Use a soil test to determine the best amendments for your particular soil. The be… Read more »

Rake Smooth and Firm
planting a new lawn

Step 4: Rake Smooth and Firm

Remove stones and vegetative matter brought to the surface during tilling.   Rake the area until it is smooth.  Water the ground and check it for puddles.   Allow the soil to dry; once dry eno… Read more »

Planting Your Lawn
planting a new lawn

Step 5: Planting Your New Lawn

There are four methods to planting a new lawn: Sod, Seed, Sprigs, and Plugs.     Sod Apply a starter fertilizer high in phosphorus, such as 2:1:1 or 1:1:1 ratio, then lightly water the are… Read more »

Caring for Your New Lawn
planting a new lawn

Step 6: Caring for Your New Lawn

You have put a lot of work into creating a new lawn, so don’t forget the most important step.  Plan for watering needs before you plant your lawn.  Insufficient water and overwatering… Read more »

planting a new lawn

Compare Various Lawn Planting Methods

Before replanting, spread plastic over the area to let heat kill off old turf.  Seal the edges with boards or soil.  See Six Steps to Planting a new Lawn for further information. Find out th… Read more »

Understanding Grass Labels
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Purchasing Seed

There are two ways to purchase grass seed.  One method is to visit the garden section of a retail store and pick out a package labeled with intended use, such as “Shade Mix.”  Alternative… Read more »

Beautiful lawn
planting a new lawn

Starting From Scratch—Planting a New Lawn

Whether you purchased a new home with dirt as your new lawn or you may have a lawn suffering from acute soil compaction, rampant weed problems, heavy thatch, or nutrient and organic matter defi… Read more »

Grass is grass is grass… or is it?
planting a new lawn

Basic Distinctions

Different species of grasses have distinctive growth habits that will affect the appearance of turf.  Bunchgrasses Bunchgrasses, such as ryegrasses and most fescues, do not spread but en… Read more »