rehabilitating a dead lawn
Hi, I'm new here so I apologize if I am posting in the wrong forum or making any other newbie mistakes.
I recently moved into a new house and I am trying to rehabilitate the lawn. I raked up about a two inch thick layer of pine straw, oak leaves, and other detritus to reveal decent looking soil but a ton of various types of weeds, fungi, and worst of all lots of oak saplings. My goal is to kill off the current vegetation and lay sod (or plugs or seed) for centipede grass. What would be the best way to kill off what's growing now with out ruining the soil for the grass?