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Preparing to Plant a Lawn

Whether starting from seed, sod, or plugs, planting a lawn is a big undertaking, but preparing the site beforehand will make the process go more smoothly.

If you’re moving into a new house, remove all construction debris, roots, and rocks from the site. If you’re replacing an existing lawn, you’ll need to treat the area with an herbicide first and remove the dead vegetation.

It’s important to have your soil tested, so that you’ll know the pH and nutrient levels. Your county Extension office can provide you with instructions and the materials to get you started.

If necessary, you can add soil amendments and till them in. Finally, be sure the soil is evenly graded and slopes away from the house.

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