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What are some good tips for replanting a lawn?

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Tips for replanting a lawn include killing the old turf and weeds with a general purpose herbicide, preparing the soil before planting, feeding the new seed and keeping the area well watered for the first month after planting. While watering and feeding can restore some damaged lawns, others reach the point where the best option is starting again. Planting from seed is slower than laying new sod but is less expensive, and with proper care, it produces the same results.

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Apply the herbicide several days before beginning the replanting process so it has time to kill any remaining plants and lose its effectiveness so it does not damage the new grass seedlings. Follow the manufacturer's directions for the waiting period before reseeding.

Use a rototiller to prepare the soil. Work in organic material that provides food for the new grass and helps to retain moisture.

Apply lawn fertilizer that the manufacturer designs for use with newly planted grass seed. The fertilizer helps the new seedlings establish a strong root system and encourages healthy growth.

During the first month after planting, keep the soil moist by watering frequently. After establishing the new stand of grass, reduce the watering schedule to two times per week so the roots grow deeper into the soil and the lawn becomes more drought resistant.

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