Starting over on yard

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Dirt Boy, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    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
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    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.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Or just slit seed it. This eliminates all the raking off work. With slit seeding, it isn't necessary.
  4. Dirt Boy

    Dirt Boy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 489

    Thanks guys, appreciate the info

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