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How To Prepare Your Kaysville Soil For New Grass Installation

Your Kaysville home should be your little oasis, but if you are sick and tired of looking at dead spots and clumps of surviving grass in your lawn, it may be time to start anew. There are two main options for starting over completely: reseeding or laying sod strips. While reseeding is often cheaper, laying strips off sod is usually more effective at achieving a beautiful, even lawn for your Kaysville home.

No matter which method you choose, there are a few things you should do prior to either a new seeding or laying sod in your Kaysville lawn. You will have to kill all existing grass and weeds. There are a few ways to do this, most of which require some advanced preparation. Whatever you do, do not use a broad-spectrum herbicide, like glyphosate, if you intend to place new sod. While glyphosate does have a relatively short half-life, you do not want to chance continued activity killing your newly purchased (or seeded) lawn. You can kill existing grass by tilling it under using a rotary tiller. Weeds should be sprayed with a broadleaf killer prior to tilling. The entire area should be tilled, anyway, to develop the best possible area for the turf's new roots to make contact. As you come across rocks, toss them into a pile. You can use them for landscaping or sell them to someone who will. Regardless, rocks are a hazard if left in your yard.

Once the entire area has been tilled, assess your soil. Are you seeing a lot of orange and red rather than black and dark brown? If so, your soil may need topsoil mixed in with it. Oranges and reds are typical of clays. Clay is sticky. It holds moisture and Nitrogen away from grass roots. You can improve the texture of clay by mixing in some aerating items, like perlite, and organic matter, both of which are found in topsoil or garden soil mixes found at home improvement stores. This is also a good time to test your soil for necessary amendments, but hold off on fertilizing until after your sod or seeding has established. Depending on existing soil quality, you may need to till again to incorporate after adding bagged soil.

Next, borrow or purchase a lawn roller to flatten the area. Your goal is to have a nice flat surface that is not overly compacted, so don't add water yet. If you are noticing uneven areas, you can use a shovel to move dirt in the high ground to the low ground, or vice versa. For very heavy clay soils, you may want to spread more topsoil evenly over the top. Once you have a flat, nutrient-rich bed, you are ready to begin seeding or laying your sod.

Consulting with an experienced Kaysville Sod Installation Company for additional advice is helpful. They can also help manage everything for you, bringing the proper experience and equipment for the job.


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