Re: bad lawn

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Posted by Newt on June 26, 2003 at 11:54:17:

In Reply to: bad lawn posted by valerie on June 26, 2003 at 08:33:15:

: We just bought a house and have been here 3 months. The yard is a mess. I think there's more dandilion than anything in it. (well, maybe not) Honestly, I cant even tell what kind of grass was there except that all the neighbors have Bermuda. There are patches of San Augustine as well.
: We are not sure how to tackle this problem but we do know that sod would be a little too expensive. What should we do?

Hi Valerie,
Congratulations on your new home! The best time to establish a lawn is in the fall. You could use vinegar to kill the weeds, remove all the dead stuff either by raking or with a rented sod stripper, add compost and reseed. Here's a few sites. The first one explains how to sod, but the process is the same for seeding.

http://www.garden.org/articles/scripts/articles.taf?id=75&ch=land&subch=default
http://www.hortmag.com/articles/seedinglawn.asp
http://www.theorganicreport.com/pages/160_healthy_grass.cfm?redirect=yes?contentindexID=9&menucontentID=436
http://www.organicgardening.com/library/lawn.html

Hope this helps,
Newt

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