When we bought this house, we started out with a mixture of grass and weeds. The lawn didn't look that bad and it was green, but when you walked around on it, you would find about 5 different types of grass and it was being taken over by weeds. Also, since some of the grasses were different types, in the winter, we had a splotchy green and brown mess... we decided that the best solution was to kill everything and start over.
So, here are some pictures of the grass now, it looks a million times better than it did only a few of weeks ago. We're so glad that it turned out well.
|Our original grass/weeds|
|Killing our grass (left) and our neighbor's grass (right)|
|Waiting for all of the grass to go brown|
3. Till the ground to 3-6" depth with a tiller (you can rent one for a couple hours to a day for pretty cheap)
4. Rake out and remove all of the loose debris in the dirt. Add topsoil or a mix of compost and soil to the dirt and mix with the existing dirt.
|Our yard after tilling, raking and adding more soil|
6. Lay the sod. Make sure to stagger pieces like bricks and place small pieces between others instead of at edges where they can dry out.
|Laying the sod|
|Sod on the pallets|
|Sod finally down in the front yard!|
|Watering the grass after installation|