Renovate your lawn for a new look!

  1. Plan renovation so you can reseed during ideal planting time ' early fall or early spring for most typical cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass and fescue.
  2. Kill the whole lawn if it is hopelessly infested with weeds; spray with a broad-spectrum herbicide like glyphosate (Clean-up or Round-up), and wait the length of time recommended on the label before proceeding with replanting. If weeds are not a big problem, you don't have to kill anything.
  3. Dethatch the lawn with a power dethatcher, available for rent at many rental yards.
  4. Rake up the thatch and dispose of it, or add it to a compost pile.
  5. Aerate the lawn with a power aerator, available at rental yards. Leave the dug-up cores (they'll break down) or rake them up.
  6. Level uneven spots by spreading topsoil and raking.
  7. Reseed the lawn with a grass type adapted to your area.
  8. Lightly cover the seed with 1/4 inch of organic matter spread with a cage roller; Apply dry lawn fertilizer, and water it as recommended.
  9. Keep the new lawn moist until grass is established. Then water as usual.