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New home, dirt & weeds backyard. Need sod prep help please

New home, dirt & weeds backyard. Need sod prep help please


Old 08-11-14, 04:06 PM
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New home, dirt & weeds backyard. Need sod prep help please

My wife and I bought a brand new home and the backyard needs serious help. Right now its just dirt and weeds so I want to lay sod down so that we have a nice backyard to entertain, let the baby play on, and give the dogs a break from walking on the weeds that produce these painful little spike balls. We live in the East Bay (brentwood) and the soil is a hard clay. I had some contractors come give bids for the sod and sprinkler job, but I just can't afford to drop 7000 right now. We have about 2000 sq ft of yard. I figured I would do most of what I can and try and save myself some money. Problem is I have no idea where to start lol. My plan was to get a tiller and till the backyard, rake all the weeds out that I can then rent a trencher and trench out for the sprinklers and drain. Finally, lay topsoil to grade. Is this pecking order ok or would you go about it another way?
Any advice, help anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-11-14, 06:03 PM
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I would guess that for about half that cost you could get a contractor to dump a layer of top soil and then re-seed with a quality grass seed. There is still enough sumer left that growing grass is not a problem. I would get a 40/60 mixture of annual and perennial grass. Make sure it's always watered and in about two weeks you'll see grass coming up.
Old 08-12-14, 04:46 AM
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.... and if you want to stick with sod, there is no reason you can't do it all yourself. Laying sod is a simple job - as long as you have a good back IMO the most difficult part [sod or seed] is getting the grade right.
Old 08-12-14, 06:45 AM
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Kill what's there now (at least the weeds) by spraying with RoundUp (or similar product), waiting a couple weeks and then re-spraying anything still alive. Failing to do this ahead of time will cause many of those weeds to grow back through your sod.

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