I got drafted by mom to dig up and plant a new lawn for my sister... my
sister... her good for nothing husband and her 7 spoiled kids are not
to help... If I don't do it my 70 year old mother will... so here I am...
need some advice...
I been working the last two days trying to dig up the old lawn armed with
a shovel... is there a machine or something I can rent to do this for me?
lawn is basically weeds and crabgrass and measures about 18' X 23' wth 3
in the middle... I need advice on what tools I really need and steps and
techniques to get me through this without breaking my back... it's already
Please Email me at
You can rent a sod stripping machine that ought to strip your 400 or so
square feet in several hours. However, working with a machine or by hand,
you are not likely to dig deep enough to defeat deep-rooted weeds.
If you are not opposed to chemicals, you can kill the existing "lawn" with
a quick-breakdown herbicide such as Roundup. Then start over.
A third option - if there is significant grass worth saving - is to tell
momma and sister to chill out. Hire a lawn fertilizing company. By the
selective use of chemicals, they'll build up the good stuff while
eliminating the bad. Any outfit worth its salt will work a minor miracle
in a single season.
To work this miracle yourself - with such things as weed and feed - is a
long-term proposition at best. You need a fertilizer applicator's license
to buy really powerful stuff.