How can I transform patches of brush, weeds, and prickly bushes into a lawn area?
The chore in front of you may be tough, but it can be done. Follow these steps for success. Step 1. Clear the area. Cut, chop, or dig out all the weeds and brush. If the plants are particularly persistent, you may need to spray the area once or twice with a brush killer.
Step 2. Prepare the soil. Once you've dealt with the offending brush, prepare the area as you would any other lawn. Till the soil and add organic matter, such as well-rotted manure or peat moss. After tilling and amending the soil, smooth it with a rake.
Step 3. Select the right grass. Different grasses thrive in different areas. For example, native buffalograss resists heat and drought but not cold; Kentucky bluegrass is hardier but not as drought-resistant. Do some research to determine what kind of turf will do best in your new spot.
Step 4. Plant your turf. Spread grass seed or sod over the area. Keep the area watered well for the several weeks it takes for your lawn to become established. If you plant seed, it's helpful to lightly mulch it. Start using a weed-and-feed product after the grass becomes established to keep the weeds at bay.
Step 5. Maintain it regularly. As with any lawn, you'll need to mow frequently. Once you start regular mowing, any weeds that do sprout will be chopped up. After the grass is established, you may want to water during droughts, and you may wish to fertilize it regularly to help keep it healthy enough to prevent weeds from becoming a major problem. Take care to avoid overfertilizing, though. Too much fertilizer can actually make your lawn more susceptible to disease.
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