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Starting a Lawn

The best time to start a new lawn is in the spring or early fall, when days are cool and
moist and weeds are less of a threat. Seeding in early fall often provides the best results
because it gives the lawn time to become well established before heavy frosts hit.

The first step in starting a lawn from scratch is to properly prepare the soil. To be sure of
soil conditions, have your soil tested for fertility and pH. Adequate levels of phosphorus
and potassium are important for vigorousroot growth, so you'll want to add these
nutrients if the soil test shows they're needed.

The ideal pH for lawns is between 6.0 and 7.0. If you need to raise the pH, use dolomitic
limestone at the rate of 50 pounds per 1,000 square feet. If you need to lower it,
use powdered sulfur.



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