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Old 08-30-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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Closing soon...and I don't like the lawn!


Hi.

My wife and I close on our new house on Oct 13th. We're pretty excited, but there are a few things we want to change nearly right away.
One of the things that I have always looked forward to owning a house for is the lawn. I want to get myself a nice, lush lawn that makes you just want to take your shoes off and run through it. The problem is, that lawn doesn't exist on my property, at all.
We live in Southeast Connecticut and the land here is pretty horrible. I plan to take a soil sample to a nursery, or even Home Depot and see what I need to make it perfect but that is only one step. I want to get rid of everything existing in my yard and re-plant. That leaves me with a lot of questions.
What is the most cost effective way to kill or eliminate an existing lawn/weeds? Would I be better off tearing it up with a cultivator or killing it with herbicide? Will mid-October be too late and should I wait until Spring? Sod vs. Seed in terms of cost and value? What type of grass would work best?
If it's any help I have 1/3rd acre of fairly level and partially shaded lawn.

I know I am asking a lot but I trust the online community to help me on this one. :-)

Thanks!

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Old 08-30-2011, 06:25 PM   #2
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That time of year, if i was just closing with 1,000 other things to do, i would just put some seed down right away, right over top of what's there and see what it looks like in the spring when i could give it more attention ( and a bigger budget)

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That's what I was thinking. Maybe a decent blend and see what I get and then tackle it in the spring if it doesn't help.
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