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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Prepare your site

A properly prepared planting site will provide the nutrients, water, and air needed for a lawn to thrive.

Determine your soil characteristics

A soil analysis will tell you what type of soil you have and what, if anything, must be added to provide the best drainage, aeration, and nutrient levels.

Work the soil

Prepare the soil by removing any weeds, stones, or other debris, and apply a starter fertilizer to get your lawn off to a healthy start. Add any necessary soil amendments. Preplant weed control may also be needed.

Photo of clearing away debris with a garden rake

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