Insight To Help You Prepare Your Yard For A New Lawn


When you choose to plant a lawn in your yard, the soil and area need to be prepared to make sure the lawn is given a healthy start. There are several steps that need to be taken before you plant your lawn seed or laying the sod. Here are some steps and insight to help you prepare for your new lawn to grow.

Remove Debris

The soil where your lawn will grow needs to be free of debris, such as stumps, rocks, and other materials that can get in the way of your grass. If your home has been newly constructed, make sure any construction debris or areas of discard-poured concrete have been removed from the soil. Even debris buried beneath the soil can affect the health of your lawn and needs to be removed.

Smooth and Feed the Soil

Till in the soil with a roto-tiller to loosen and rotate the soil to expose any hidden debris. It can be helpful to add a lawn starter fertilizer onto the soil that contains high amounts of potassium to the soil when you till it in. As you till the soil the fertilizer will be evenly distributed into the top layers of the soil for preparation of the lawn. This will provide needed nutrients to give your lawn a healthy start.

Smooth the surface of the soil to make it as level as possible. You can use a rake or a backhoe to help with this process. Eliminate any high spots and fill in low spots in the soil, as this will cause uneven growth of your new lawn. If you have hired a landscaping professional to install your lawn, they will ensure this is completed for you.

Install Watering System

You or your landscaping professional can now install the irrigation system for your lawn, which will be positioned within the soil. There are many types of irrigation system, made of PVC pipe buried several inches below the surface or a flexible tubing inserted just below the surface of the soil. Choose the right system for you and ensure its placement delivers even water distribution over your soil.

Eliminate Weeds

After the soil has been leveled, it needs to be treated to remove any weeds and any weed seeds and roots. Many weed seeds and root pieces may not be visible now but can sprout up when you begin to water your lawn, stealing nutrients and water from your new lawn. This can reduce your lawn's growth and eventually choking out the new lawn. For this reason, it is important to remove any potential weed growth to the soil with a full herbicide treatment. There are many weed treatment applications your landscaping professional can recommend to apply to the soil.

Contact a company, like Colourscape Inc, for more help.


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