to prepare your soil
- Make sure the old plant debris has been removed from the area.
- Work the soil to break up any clods.
- Check to make sure that your yard is sloped properly.
- Till in soil amendments,
if needed, and add starter fertilizer before
doing the final grade on the site.
- Several wetting and drying cycles will aid settling and help locate
low spots that need filling.
- Do the final grading with a long aluminum rake or a wooden lawn
- Maintain the slope away from the building and make sure the planting
site is firm and level.
- Irrigate the site and allow it to settle for 1 week before planting.
Next steps to completely renovating your lawn
Grade the area with a garden rake so that the soil slopes away
from the house or building. A slope will allow water to drain away
from building foundations or other structures; generally, a 1-
to 2-percent slope away from buildings is sufficient. Avoid steep
slopes or berms to reduce water waste from runoff.