Planting grass after tilling existing lawn
I have recently killed and tilled my existing lawn. I have gone over it with the tiller about 4 times, but still have many clumps of dead grass. My plan was to mix in about 2 inches of new soil, roll and replant grass. However, the clumps of old sod have me concerned. When these start to break down, will I end up with a bumpy lawn? I had not planned on raking the clumps out, but now think that I am going to need to. Anyone have experience with this?
Also, on a side note. I have had a soil analysis completed, and they recommeded adding 40 pounds of 5-10-10 fertilizer per 1,000 sq. prior to planting. I am having a heck of a time finding that combination of fertilizer in any kind of bulk. I am only seeing 5 pound bags or so at the big box stores, and my local nursery. Is this ratio of fertilizer something I am going to have any luck finding in larger bags?
Thanks in advance for any input you might have!
Please reconsider getting top soil. Unless there is something unusual in your situation, I suggest routinely going with two inches of compost over the entire area when planting, and then a yearly application of 1/4 inch mid to late summer each year after core aerating
I do not roll a lawn. The biggest reason for not doing so is to avoid soil compaction. If the area was not killed off (Round-up or the like) before tilling you are going to have problems with the old vegetation coming back
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