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Planting a New Lawn


Planting a lawn is sometimes needed for different reasons. If the soil is bare and erosion is of concern, adding a lawn will stabilize that area and prevent it from washing away. If there was an existing lawn that has been neglected, the addition of new sod, or the act of over-seeding can repair an ailing lawn.


New Construction


If your home is newly constructed, the yard is the final step in that construction. Property developers are usually obligated to provide adequate landscaping to finish the yard, and this will give you a beginning to your lawn. Sometimes, depending on the grass type, the lawn will be sodded, or seed is sewn to establish the lawn.


Different areas of the country will have vastly different choices when it comes to which planting technique and what type of grass it is that should be planted. Your builder is experienced in this area and can give expert local advice.


For a new lawn, choose the type of grass for your yard that is best grown in your area, regardless of when the best time to plant it would be. In other words, if your home is completed in the Spring, and Kentucky Bluegrass is the best choice, go ahead and plant it, even though Spring is not the best time to apply that kind of seed. Fall is the best time to seed Ky. Bluegrass, so plan to over-seed that lawn again in September. This is also true for Fescue grass.


Existing Lawn in Poor Condition


If your poor lawn is to the point where it is beyond hope, replacing it may be necessary. When the old lawn is not going to recover, you will need to determine what it was that caused its demise.


•  Is there enough light to support the type of grass that was chosen?

•  Were weeds left to grow there uncontrolled?

•  Does the soil need to be amended?

•  Are you able to water the lawn?



Determine how much light is available. How many hours of direct sunlight does your lawn receive? Southern lawns, such as St. Augustine and Bermuda grass require at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sun to thrive. If your yard receives less sun than that, select a grass that can grow with less sunlight. Zoysia and Fescue grass are good options to consider.




When weeds have taken over a lawn, the grass can be choked out to the point of no return. If your lawn is 50% weeds, consider using selective herbicides that kill weeds and not grass. If the lawn is 85% weeds, kill it all with a non-selective herbicide, such as RoundUp, and start over when the time is right to plant.

Apply weed control several weeks before you want to replant the lawn. Weed killers will affect the growth of new seed if they are present at the time of germination. Allow enough time and water flow to cleanse the area to be planted. Herbicides cannot be safely applied to newly sodded or seeded lawns. Wait 6 weeks to 6 months to apply herbicide after planting new grass, depending on which type of grass was planted.


Soil Condition


Soil that is compacted, or otherwise is in poor condition, will benefit from the addition of organic matter. Soil conditioner is rich, composted matter from an organic source. It needs to be incorporated into the soil for faster results.


Using an aerator after the soil conditioner is applied to the surface of the soil will pierce the compacted soil and allow the conditioner to enter the holes.




Tilling the soil conditioner into the dirt will incorporate it more thoroughly, but will likely destroy any existing lawn that was already there. The tiller works best for bare dirt.


Hydraulic Tiller


Watering the Lawn


Consider installing a sprinkler system if your area doesn’t receive enough rain. You may be able to water the new lawn with a sprinkler on a hose if your lawn is small enough. All lawns will need supplemental watering in the beginning stages.


An in-ground sprinkler system will require quite a bit of digging, so plan on installing that system well before planting the lawn.


Prepare to Plant


Now that you have chosen your grass, assessed the needs of your lawn, have performed the necessary soil adjustments and are clear of weeds, it is time to plant.

The vastly different soil, climate and grasses that we grow in the United States makes it difficult to prescribe one technique to establish a lawn. Because of this fact, we previously combined a post from our Community Forum Team to address this issue on a regional level.


Find this collection of articles here for more recommendations for successfully establishing a lawn in your region.


Until next time, I’ll see you in the aisles!


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Posted 2016-01-29T20:55:55+0000  by Travis_HD_ATL Travis_HD_ATL
I have a new lawn from seed and was planted about 4 week ago.   Grass is coming up fine but I starting to notice several weeds coming up as well.   (1) When can I use a weed control and what kind do you recommend.  (2) How soon can I walk  and mow. 
Posted 2016-03-21T11:14:42+0000  by Smitr131
Hi Smitr131,

Welcome to The Community! We're glad that you're here.

The new grass seedlings need tender treatment during this time. That means no herbicides and try to avoid walking on the lawn as much as possible. Try to pull as many weeds as possible during this time.

I'm assuming that you planted fescue grass seed because fescue takes about two weeks to germinate, so you have about two weeks of growth showing. After growing for a couple of more weeks, usually about 6 weeks from the application of seed, you are ready to mow.

Allow the grass to grow to a height of about 5'' and cut it back to 3-1/2'' tall with your lawn mower. Bag the clippings if possible.

After you allow the lawn to grow to 5'' and mow it three times, the lawn can then be considered established. Herbicides can be applied to established lawns.

Choose a weed killer that is safe in your type of lawn and apply a light dose to protect the new lawn. Liquid lawn herbicides are most effective.

Ortho Weed-B-Gon, Spectracide WeedStop, and BayerAdvanced Lawn Weed Killer all use 2,4-d to kill broadleaf weeds without harming the lawn grass. Read and follow all label directions.

Ortho Weed-B-Gon 32 oz. Max Plus Ready-to-Spray Crabgrass ControlSpectracide 32 oz. Ready-to-Spray Weed Stop Concentrate for Lawns

Bayer Advanced 32 oz. Ready-to-Spray All-in-One Lawn Weed and Crabgrass Killer

Thank you for asking. Keep us posted!


Posted 2016-03-22T15:29:44+0000  by Travis_HD_ATL
Nice reading!
Posted 2018-07-14T05:07:45+0000  by BonniePinter
A lawn can help increase the value of your property. Therefore a homeowner must try to make it as beautiful as they can. But along with this also comes the pests(weeds and insects) issue, which must be dealt with the help of the experts like exterminator Roseville. Use weed killer to get rid of the stubborn weed varieties. Employ the different organic pest control techniques to keep your lawn pest free.
Posted 2018-07-14T05:08:31+0000  by BonniePinter
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