My backyard has alot of weeds and I'm trying to figure out the best course of action to eliminate weeds and regrown grass. I live in Walnut Creek, CA. I've been thinking of rototilling my lawn to then spray some sort of weed killer, add some top soil then put down seed. How should I start on this project?
Your ideas have all the essentials of getting rid of old lawn and installing a new one. So let's talk about a plan of action to get you on the road to a new healthy lawn.
1.Kill and remove all weeds and poor-looking turfby applyingRoundup. It's available as a concentrate, ready-to-use. keeps problem weeds and unwanted grass away. Simply apply and wait a few days to ensure that weeds are completely dead before moving onto next step.
2. Prepare the soil by tilling and adding organic matterlike that found inTopper/Seeding soil. It's proven to promote more efficient water use, helping protect new seedlings from the stress of hot, dry conditions.
3.Feed the seed and accelerate growthby applyingstarter fertilizer. The starter fertilizer gives developing grass much-needed nutrients without burning the seed/seedlings.
4.Water frequently for the first monthwhile seedlings are young and not yet fully developed or rooted. After 1 month, begin to cut back watering intervals to twice a week, applying about 1/2 inch at each watering.
Some tips to help you keep your lawn happy and healthy are:
Create a lawn care program with an easy calculator like this.
Clean the underside of your lawnmower with a towel immediately after mowing to keep from transferring problems from one lawn to another.
Never water your lawn at night. This can create the conditions for fungus to invade your lawn.