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Growing Grass without Growing Weeds: It Can Be Done

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Whether you're starting from seed or laying down blankets of sod, there's no reason why you can't be successful at growing grass without bringing weeds into the equation. All it takes is some proper planning and turf-savvy management from the very beginning to save you time and headache throughout the grow time.

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Growing Grass: Start the Right Way

Believe it or not, beautiful lawns are made and not born. Taking proper steps during the seeding phase can prevent weed-based issues throughout the year. This means paying special attention to a few of the characteristics that determine growing rate and staying power:

  • Clean the Lot. This means removing old blades, weeds, and their roots with a flathead shovel or sod cutter. Or you can apply a comprehensive herbicide that kills anything it saturates.
  • Break It Up. Use a tiller to massage the soil. You can rent a roto-tiller from you local home and garden center. Grinding up the soil should make it conducive to planting and fertilizing.
  • Add Conditioner. Apply a generous helping of starter soil and high phosphorous fertilizer to prepare the soil for planting. A pH of 6.0 to 7.5 is typically considered best.
  • Plant Seeds. Use a seed spreader to make a nice, even spread of seed throughout the lot. Water a couple of times per day as the sprouts begin to show.
Declaring War on Weeds

Although hand removal is the most effective and selective, it's not always feasible for larger lawns. Your local lawn care company has a selection of herbicides that should eliminate weeds without damaging growing grass.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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