04-06-2013 10:34 AM
My son bought a house and the back yard is full of weeds, i would say 85% weeds and 15% grass. We live in SW MO and the last few summers have been very dry by mid summer. What is the best way to turn the yard into a noce lawn? I was thinking of killing the weeds with roundup the tilling and planting or sodding. Does HD sell sod? Also what is a good drought resistant grass? The interactive map said we were in a 6b climate. Thanks!
04-08-2013 11:30 AM
Hellos Tom_MO. Ken here in the Chicago area. Welcome to the Community!!
Your plan sounds good with the Roundup and tilling and planting.
Let me say this right from the beginning. The nicest looking lawns require the
most maintenance and water; usually weekly mowings and twice a week watering
for up to 45 minutes when established. The Home Depot does sell sod. Check with
your local store to see when it is available and what grasses are in it.
Bluegrass, ryegrass, and/or tall fescue are usually in your sun and shade mixes and
make the best lawns. Bermuda and bentgrass are too high maintenance and zoysia
grass turns brown in the winter requiring overseeding to maintain a green appearance.
It also has a thick, prickly feel. Bluegrass is the classic barefoot (soft) grass.
There is a grass that is drought tolerant. It is a pasture grass called Bouteloua gracilis
(Blue grama, mosquito grass). It makes a fair low-water use lawn if mowed at
one and a half inches. Sow seed at 1lb. per 1000 sq. ft. and irrigate to 1 foot until established.
After that it needs virtually no irrigation.
Remember that all these grasses except tall fescue require full sun (6-8 hrs. per day).
Tall fescue can tolerate shade. Let us know what you decide.
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04-08-2013 03:46 PM
Welcome to the Home Depot community and congratulations to your son on his new home. It's always exciting to fix up a house and discover what can be done to improve it and make it a home.
In regards to the lawn, Ken hit the nail on the head. The Roundup will make short work of the grass and weeds for starters. Here is a my list of answers to your questions:
"How to turn your lawn into nice lawn",
Step 1) Remove old weeds/grass with either round or shovel. Personally I've simply rototilled my lawn and let the roots stay exposed for a couple of days.
Step 2) Even out the surface with rake and remove all large rocks possible. You need to have a "grade" so the excess water has somewhere to run off.
Step3) Use a seed spreader or broadcaster to spread grass seed. Your local Home Depot will carry the best grasses for your area. This is great because there is no guesswork so you can seed with confidence you have the hardiest types of seed.
Step 4) Spread about 1/4 to 3/4 inch of topper to cover the grass seed. This will accelerate the growth, protect from drying out, and keep birds from eating it up.
Step 5) Water new lawn 2-3 times a day for 2-3 minutes at a time. This will keep the new seedling moist and healthy. In a couple of weeks you will have a lawn that will only need regular waterings. I usually recommend 2-3 times a week for about 10-15 minutes.
As for Sod?, like Ken said; "Yes, the Home Depot sells Sod". If you are going to put Sod in here are the simple instructions for that option.
Follow Steps 1 & 2 first, now the rest,
Step 3) Spread Topper/Seeding soil about 3/4 inch on the entire area.
Step 4) Put Sod down in staggered way like brick would be stacked (see photo below).
Step 5) Water new lawn 2-3 times a day for 2-3 minutes at a time. This will keep the new seedling moist and healthy. In a couple of weeks you will have a lawn that will only need regular waterings. I recommend 2-3 times a week for about 10-15 minutes.
Now you have the steps used for installing both Seed and Sod. Let us know how it comes out or if you have more questions.
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