Garden Landscaping | 3 Nifty Steps To Work On Your Garden Soil In Preparation For New Lawn Growth

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Garden Landscaping | 3 Nifty Steps To Work On Your Garden Soil In Preparation For New Lawn Growth

25 April 2016
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If you've decided that your backyard is need of a new lawn, then your landscaping task will involve careful soil preparation and adequate watering to reap the seeds of success. This step-by-step guide aims to help you work on your garden soil in preparation for new lawn growth.

Remove Existing Weeds From The Soil Area

Your first landscaping step is to kill and remove all weeds and grass from the envisioned lawn space. You can use weed killing chemicals, which are available at most nurseries for killing off this unwanted growth from your lawn. Pay close attention to the manufacturer's usage instructions and follow them judiciously. Wait until all the weeds and grass are dead and avoid disturbing the soil during this time. This process typically takes a few weeks, depending on your local soil conditions. Once the weeds and grass are dead, you will need to dig the soil and water it. Wait a few days for grass and weed seed germination. Reapply the weed killer to remove most of these seeds from the soil.

Fertilise The Soil Using Lawn Fertiliser

Lawn fertiliser is an important ingredient for producing healthy grass, while protecting your lawn from diseases and stress. Once all the weeds and grass have been removed, you will need to apply specialised lawn growth fertiliser into your soil. Cultivate the soil and break it up using a garden rake and hoe to eliminate topsoil compaction. You'll want the soil to be as loose as possible before applying the fertiliser into it. You should ideally apply fertiliser that will spread evenly across your soil with minimal odour. Some fertilisers also need to be watered less than others, which may be ideal if you don't want to do too much landscaping work. Once again, follow the fertiliser instructions for preparation time before planting grass seeds.

Prepare The Landscaping Area For Applying Grass Seeds

Once you have applied the fertiliser into your soiled garden, you should level the ground as much as possible. Water the area based on the fertiliser manufacturer recommendations to ensure that the fertiliser does its job well. You will need to choose a grass type that best suits your local soil conditions. Since every area may be different, it's best to visit a plant nursery near you to establish the best grass seeds for your local soil conditions. Keep the area moist and watered until the grass begins to grow.