Re: Redoing the Lawn
Before applying any weed/lawn killer, keep in mind that these products ONLY kill the visible plant, it does not affect any seeds that are in the soil that will germinate once you rototill and amend the soil. In addition, the herbicides do stay in the soil for a prolonged period of time, regardless of what the manufacturers say. Roundup, for example, does not break down as claimed, remaining toxic to the environment for years.
My recommendation would be to mow and rake up any current vegetation. Once you break up the surface a little with the tiller you can rake out most of the active plant matter. From there, amend the soil with fresh manure or compost by applying 3 to 6 inches evenly across the surface, then tilling it to a depth of 6 inches or more. Grade and rake the area smooth, roll with a lawn roller and you're ready to spread grass seed or install sod. Use care in the tilling process not to damage any existing sprinkler lines. If you don't currently have a sprinkler system, now would be an excellent time to install one.
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