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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Remove the remaining turf

If you applied herbicides, mow the dry grass at a very low setting, so that the blade is cutting just above the soil line. Rake up the clippings. A thatching rake can help to loosen the debris on the soil surface. If you dug out the lawn or rototilled the soil, remove the debris by raking the soil. Additional tilling and raking may be necessary until all the grass and weeds are removed.

Next step to completely renovating your lawn

Rethink your irrigation system

Photo of an old lawn being rototilled
Photo by Ali Harivandi

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