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How to seed lawn where there are already plants?

How to seed lawn where there are already plants?
Posted by Lara Knowlton from New York on 2007-07-07 05:36:00

I have a yard that is approximately 20 ft x 19 ft.

The yard is all soil/dirt. I planted trees and perennials (this year and last so they are new) on five feet from each wall.

Basically the yard is surrounded by 5 ft of plants and the inside is soil yard.

I was originally planning on planting grass just on the part of the yard with no plants (in the middle)- and then just surrounding the plants with bark.

However, I would now like to plant the entire yard with lawn.

How do I do this? Do I move the plants from one side and temorarily replant on the other side. Seed that side with grass and then when the grass grows replant the plants. And then do the other side?

Is there another way?

Thank you and I hope this makes sense.

  • New Lawn
    Posted by hugh boyd ( from Scotland on 2007-08-06 07:09:00

    Hello Lara,
    The easiest and cheapest way to do this is to lay a single strip of lawn turf at the edge of the plant borders (to give the lawn an instant edge) and sow grass seed in the centre. This way you don't have to dig out your plants.
    If your budget allows, you could always turf(instant lawn in rolls) all of the soil area. It would establish quicker and you should be able to walk on it in about three weeks.
    If you need any further advice please don't hesitate to ask.
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