Clear everything and start a new lawn

tkneoMay 28, 2014

I bought this house last year and the yard is a disaster. I want to remove all stones, logs, mulch, weeds (there is no grass) from the yard , followed by grading as the yard is totally uneven, followed by laying new sod. As you can see from the picture the yard is full of weeds and old mulch.

My first question is that how do i get rid of weeds (which is all there is right now) ? I was wondering if i should till and rake ? I have read a lot of posts which are anti-tilling but i believe i need to do with as the grading is a bit off. Should i use roundup to kill the weeds before I till ? I have read a few posts that suggest such a sequence but i am not sure what is the point of killing everything with roundup if i am going to till anyways.

Secondly, I tried raking a part of the lawn (see URL below) and as you can see its a mix of old mulch and weeds. Is the old mulch usually removed or is it just mixed with the soil ? If the latter, i am not sure how will I separate the weeds from the mulch.

My wife and I are new to this but willing to put in a ton of time to have a beautiful lawn. Your guidance will be very much appreciated.

Here is a link that might be useful: Raked area

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I personally would get rid of all the weeds with round up and get rid of what you don't want hence the stones etc. and I would sod the lawn it looks small from the pic and won't cost that much I did my entire lawn and it was a few hundred but so worth it! :) you can make that look awesome with some beds and mulch and perennial bushes that flower and even a pond, I put one in the front its so therapeutic ..Good Luck

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 8:50AM
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i am not sure what is the point of killing everything with roundup if i am going to till anyways.

Because tilling does not kill everything, and you will have weeds coming back from the roots.

If the area is as small as it looks, why not kill the grass and weeds, then replace them with a deck and some raised beds as an outdoor living and entertaining area.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 8:54AM
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botanicalbill(9b SWFlorida)

I agree with the round up approach. I would spray anything that is green. Then take a day or two and remove the stones and logs. Spray again with round up. Then check the round up label and find out after the last spray how long you have to wait to resod with the grass your going with.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 6:29PM
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