|STEP 4- You next
step is to prepare your site for your seed. We are
going to assume that you will be "killing" off
your existing grass and/or weeds. If you need to
overseed see the section on 1-2-3
STEP 5- There are two methods
you can use to "kill" off your current lawn. The
best method is to spray the lawn with a
"Roundup" type product before you roto-till.
This ensures that the existing grasses and weeds will not
stay around to compete with your newly seeded lawn plants.
The second method is to just tiller (roto-till) the
existing weeds and grasses without killing the plants with
STEP 6- Most likely you will
need to tiller the lawn at least two times so as to
incorporate the soil and old plant material uniformly.
This is especially true if you do not use a chemical to
kill existing plants. A good method is to till the
lawn and then wait a week before tilling a second time.
This results in more "kill" of current plants in
your lawn area.
After tilling the lawn ... you need to drag and
level the surface to provide for a clean, smooth
and level surface to plant within. Properly
leveling your lawn now will help to avoid the lawn
being scalped by your mower. You can use a
rake to do this step or for bigger areas some sort
of heavy drag like device drug behind a tractor or
riding lawn mower can achieve similar results.
Remove any clumps of weeds or grass left, and
break up clods of dirt to create a fine seedbed in
the top 3 inches of soil.