Starting Your Lawn From Scratch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- I've visited several yards in the last week with most of them what I call over the hill. My recommendation with most was to start all over again because all the time and money applied to those lawns would be wasted.

It's my opinion that when your lawn has 50% vegetation you don't want coupled with bare spots, you are a candidate for a total lawn face lift. It's unfortunate that half of the lawns I visited had no lime applied to it for years and some had never limed for that matter. If they only had limed occasionally, they might have saved their lawn.

They aren't the only homeowners that need their lawn redone. For the many people contemplating what do do with their less than attractive lawn, don't think that planting a whole new lawn is too much trouble.

Briefly, the process is quite simple. First, take a soil sample to see how much if any lime is needed to make the soil sweet for lack of a better word. Towards the last of August, kill all the grass with products like Roundup. Wait two weeks and plant grass with a slit seeder that you can rent from the many rent all dealers in the area. Use a turf type tall fescue at about 10-12 pounds per 1000 square feet of lawn. You don't have to use straw because the dead grass will act as a mulch. The only thing you need to do after seeding grass is keep the soil moist all the time until winter sets in. Remember, using a slit seeder available at many lawn and garden centers is the key to a somewhat effortless makeover of your lawn.

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