Buying Foreclosure property, no lawn


Old 01-29-11, 11:13 PM
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Buying Foreclosure property, no lawn

Hey all,

I am purchasing a foreclosed property which was built in 2007, so it's farily new. The problem is that it does not appear that the backyard was ever properly seeded.

Basically, it looks like the grass in the back is really just wild grass. I just want to see what the best way to tackle this situation is in order to have a proper lawn grass.

Do I have to remove and kill all the wild grass in there right now? Or can I just cut it and plant proper grass in place?

Any opinions are appreciated!
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Old 01-30-11, 04:07 AM
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Now is the best time for you to start. With an overrun of weed grasses you can apply lime to help keep them in check. However, it appears your lawn is suffering from lack of nutrients. I would take several soil samples to your County Extension Service and have them analyze it for the nutrients you need for grass growth. Then you can start applying the nutrients well ahead of sowing your seed for spring emergence. Since we can't see your lawn, we can't give advice as to whether or not you need to dig it all up or what. You may want to post some pix so we can see it:
Old 01-31-11, 12:50 PM
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The soil test is a great idea

Generally, if the lawn is more than 50% weeds or other undesired grasses, it's best to kill it all and start over

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