Lawn Preparation

  1. Skim off old lawn to a depth of 3 inches and discard. 
  2. Cover lawn-to-be with 2-3 inches of organic soil amendment (and Gypsum at the rate of 5 pounds per 100 square feet if you have clay soil).
  3. Scatter Master Nursery Master Start over the area at the rate of 10 pounds per 500 square feet and rototill the soil, amendment, Gypsum, and fertilizer to a minimum depth of 6-8 inches (10-12 inches is preferable).
  4. Level the area.
  5. Install sprinkler system if desired.
  6. Water thoroughly to encourage weeds and weed grasses to sprout. Repeat every 3 to 4 days for 2 weeks.
  7. Spray with Master NurseryKleenup or Roundup to kill all weeds.
  8. Repeat Step 6 if necessary.
  9. Level again. Area should be dragged at least three times to get a good grade.
  10. Apply sod or seed:
    1. The soil layer in the sod will be three-quarters inch thick so calculate that into Steps 1, 2 and 3. Allow at least three-quarters inch below sidewalks and drives so that the soil and the sod is even with the walks and drives; OR
    2. Scatter seed with a spreader at the rate of 1 pound per 100 square feet and cover with a thin layer (one-quarter inch) of fine mulch such as Master Nursery Forest Blend or Paydirt.
    3. Roll sod or seed and mulch with a roller to ensure good contact with the prepared bed.
    4. Water seeded lawn twice daily (morning and early afternoon) and sodded lawn once per day until lawn is 2 inches tall.
    5. Fertilize after one month with Master Nursery Lawn Food.

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