As a result the new yard is 20k sqft of every weed that grows in this area and a little perennial rye mixed in.
I've been reading up a lot, especially here on this forum (Thanks for all the great info!).
So I decided to register and both share progress and look for feedback on my reno plan.
This month (June), I've done the following things:
- Based on the first recommendations, I did a soil test and it's on it's way to Logan's Lab.
- Based on that report I'm planning to treat the soil aggressively, as I don't have to be careful with what is currently growing.
- Though I don't yet have a clue how to translate the results they will send me to a treatment plan, but I'm hoping the soil treatment experts here are able to help there. I did find the soil treatment section on this forum, which is why I sent my samples to Logan's.
- I've been fixing the irrigation to make sure I have good water coverage and have started watering the weeds.
- Mostly to start loosening up the rock hard soil and get as many weeds to germinate before I start killing it off.
- And have dug up most of the larger boulders that were buried in the yard.
- There are still a lot of smaller rocks left, but I'm hoping to rake most of those out after I nuked the weeds.
- Order seeds
- Kill off lawn
- Water and Kill what comes up
- Rake rocks out and Level
- Liquid aerate and add what is needed based on soil test
- Order Peat Moss
- Continue soil treatment
- Making sure 1.4" of soil is not compacted to prepare for seed
- Add one more round of glyphosate if there is anything left living
- Add Tenacity as pre-emergent 2 days before seeding
- Put down an extra starter fertilizer if needed after soil treatment
- Seed and cover with Peat Moss
- Apply Fast N to feed the new grass (and again after 3 weeks)
- Do any spot seeding on bare sports
- Spot spray tenacity in case some weeds come up
- And when the grass goes above 2" mow it at 2" for the first couple of mows
- Apply one more round of Fast N
- Put down some Prodiamine to keep the weeds away
If you have any feedback and/or recommendations on the above, please share, as I'm still learning.