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05/02/11 06:10 PM

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Receive one free Fertilizer and Weed control application on your next service when you refer a neighbor or a friend to Guaranteed Turf Care and they sign up for our Nature Green or Weekender Mowing program.

Soil Preparation
Soil preparation is the most important aspect of establishing a new lawn. The soil requires a good structure, high-quality organic matter and the nutrients required to ensure the lawn grows quickly with a dense coverage. Soil preparation is hard work, but when done properly it saves time on fixing problems endemic with an unhealthy turf.
 
Weed Control
Kill existing weeds and prevent them from propagating to properly prepare soil for turf. Perennial grassy weeds, says Purdue University, require control in the late summer. Avoid preemergent controls for weeds such as crabgrass if you are applying herbicide at the same time as the seeding of the soil. Spot pulling of weeds is effective, although roots of the weed left behind may sprout new leaves. Apply herbicides according to the label instructions.
 
Soil Test
Perform a soil test to ensure that topsoil is in place for the establishment of turf. Some renovated lawns, especially in new homes have had the topsoil layer of the lawn removed leaving behind poor soil conditions. Topsoil is required at a depth of 4 inches spread uniformly across the soil area. A soil test reads the soil pH, as well as the nutrient makeup of the soil. Add nutrients to the soil, as well as amendments, according to the results of the soil test.
 
Tilling
Add 3 to 5 cubic yards of organic matter during soil preparation. Work manure or compost into the top 4 to 6 inches of the lawn for every 1,000 square feet. Organic matter adds nutrients to the soil and improves the soil structure. Use a tilling device to work the material into the soil during the fall before a spring planting to allow the organic material time to break down.
 
Starter Fertilizer
Apply a starter fertilizer on top of the soil just before planting and water it in. You'll need 1.5 lbs. of high-phosphorous fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet for new turf for a lawn renovation. Spread fertilizer using a drop spreader and moisten to activate.
 
Seeding
Spread seed over the prepared area to establish turf. Lightly rake to cover the seeds and ensure good contact with the soil. A 2- to 3-inch layer of straw will further protect the grass seeds from birds and small animals. Water the seeds three to four times a day to encourage germination. Water less frequently once seeds have germinated, but apply more water to a greater soil depth. You can mow once the grass reaches a height of 2 to 3 inches.
 

Step Options Comments
Step 1. Soil Test    
Step2. Weed Control Options Physically Pull CommentsFor large or spreading weeds; won't kill all weeds.
  OptionsBroadleaf Herbicide CommentsIf weeds are primarily nongrasses.
  OptionsNonselective Herbicide (glyphosate) CommentsKills most green vegetation; requires 5-14 days to be effective in completely killing the plants.
Step3. Soil Moisture Replenishment OptionsIf needed (especially in fall) CommentsSoak soil to a depth of 6-8 inches; then allow the surface to dry until steps 4 and beyond can be done (may require 1-2 days).
Step4. Thatch Removal OptionsVigorous Hand Raking CommentsNot practical for extreme thatch problem or large areas.
  OptionsVertical Mower CommentsCan be rented or hired; can also be used to prepare seedbed (see below).
  OptionsSod Cutter CommentsRecommended for extreme thatch problem; can be rented or hired.
Step5. Soil Preparation OptionsVigorous Hand Raking CommentsFor small sites with little vegetation remaining.
  OptionsAerification Comments3-5 passes with commercial aerifier; especially recommended if soil is compacted.
  OptionsVertical Mowing CommentsTines should nick surface to a depth of 1/8-½ inch.
Step6. Fertilize OptionsNitrogen (N) Phosphorus (P) Potassium (K) Comments½ pound of N per 1000 square feet; P and K as determined by a soil test.
Step7. Seeding   CommentsDivide seed lot in half or quarters and seed in 2 or 4 directions.
  OptionsHand CommentsFor small sites (less than 8 feet across); mix 1 part seed with 4 parts fine sawdust or a natural organic fertilizer such as Milorganite.
  OptionsRotary Spreader CommentsPreferred method if mixed with sawdust or Milorganite.
  OptionsDrop Spreader CommentsSeed in 2 directions or overlap ½ way.
  OptionsSlit Seeder CommentsEquipment can be rented but requires skill; generally best done by a professional. Go over site 2-4 times.
Step8. Irrigate OptionsLightly to provide good seed-soil contact; then, water lightly twice daily to rewet soil surface (if surface remains moist, may require watering only once or not at all). Don't allow to become soggy.  
Step9. Mow OptionsWhen 3½ inches tall, mow to 2-2½ inches with sharp mower; continue regular mowing as needed  
 

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