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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Complete renovation

Lawns with severe problems require a complete renovation. It is probably more practical to destroy your existing lawn and start from scratch rather than to try to salvage an already deteriorating lawn.

Before doing anything, determine why your lawn is in its current condition

Poor drainage and poor soil quality can be corrected by reworking the soil after the existing grass is removed. If the problem is the result of the wrong turf species planted, choose a more appropriate species. You may want to consider a resistant species if you are battling insect or disease problems. Proper care and maintenance after renovating will help keep your lawn healthy.

Steps to completely renovating your lawn

Also see the following sections:

Photo of a thin and weedy lawn in need of a complete renovation

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