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Dirt Boy
09-18-2009, 12:06 AM
How do you handle starting a new lawn when there is existing grass/weeds?
vegetation is dead (roundup) dead vegetation varies on total coverage from some bare spots, perhaps 20% covered, to 90% covered.

I ask because my experiences so far have not been too great.

I Have a tiller attachment on my SK650 (Toro rotodarion - pulverizer) which does an excellent job of turning the debris under, except that when you go to do any smoothing out, I end up raking all the dead clumps of vegetation back to the surface, which makes it look totally crappy and hard to work with.

I can also go over it with a harley power box rake, but then I end up dragging off a lot of top soil.

So, can some of you pro's give me some help!!

Thanks a bunch in advance

Smallaxe
09-18-2009, 09:02 AM
Raking the debris 'off', rather than to the surface is the first step. As long as you are tilling add some compost.

Keep the heavy equipment off of it, for best results. Too much to do by hand, then do it in sections.

It is better to have one section done well, than to have a larger area done poorly.

Runner
09-18-2009, 01:32 PM
Or just slit seed it. This eliminates all the raking off work. With slit seeding, it isn't necessary.

Dirt Boy
09-18-2009, 11:44 PM
Thanks guys, appreciate the info