Is Tilling the Best Option?

misfitcandyMay 14, 2013

My husband and I just moved into a home that had absolutely no yard work done. We just installed a fence for the back yard. The back yard consists of weeds and dry dirt. The dirt is full of small rocks. We want to grow a lawn and some raised beds for vegetables. Eventually, we will do more gardening. Is tilling the ground the first step for this blank canvass of a yard? Or is there a better method?

Thank you for any advice!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Don't till up the yard as it will be much wasted effort. (It's great for the vegetable garden, especially if you're incorporating amendments.) Sod will grow on any smooth dirt surface. If you're seeding, scarify (scratch up) the surface so that seed will become imbedded in the soil when sprinkling is applied or when it rains. Be consistent with watering when starting seed or sod.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 9:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

what part of the country are you in? "full of small rocks" means something very different in New England vs. Ohio.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 9:22AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
On Site Calculations - Area
If you do construction as well as design, sooner or...
Trying to design a border in front of elevated deck
I want to plant several shrubs in front of my elevated...
retaining wall on a budget
I would appreciate any suggestions on what materials...
Plantings for Driveway/Walkway Design
We would like to pave the driveway. (I hope I am in...
quick screen
I'm zone 7 and the spot is full sun. I had a 12' photinia...
Mary Bright
Sponsored Products
Besa Lighting | Pogo Three Light Bath Bar
$396.00 | YLighting
Christopher Knight Home Canvas 17-inch Sunbrella Outdoor Pillows (Set of 2)
Elk Lighting Celina 4-Light Linear in Dark Rust & Canary Glass
Beyond Stores
Dragonfly Embroidered 3-piece Towel Set
GE Other Lighting LED White Motion-Activated Battery Operated Puck Light 06651
$13.94 | Home Depot
Crystorama Southport Mini Chandelier - 19W in. Sage & Rose - 4805-SR
$350.00 | Hayneedle
Unbranded Single Spotlight Matte Chrome Track Lighting PM-60000
$25.18 | Home Depot
Leucos | Loop PL Ceiling Light
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™