My backyard was the largest plantation of wild violets known in North America. The grass was gone almost suffocated and in order to remove them I let them grow for the entire summer (so that they at least can kill the grass and make the removal easier The Home Depot Billy the goat sod cutter did a very good job adjusted to the maximum depth. Removing the cuts was a nightmare because unlike the sod the wild violets do not keep the soil slices together so they break in small pieces when you try to remove them
You can guess how bad it is here
enter image description here And here is after the massacre
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Now I need to rent a bin and dispose that crap and get soil and seeds
What is the right order of operations here ?
I am thinking:
-use a rototiler to break the soil
-level the soil (the previous owner did a poor job when he spread the soil after he excavated to build the patio)
-not sure if I need to compact after this
-add seeds
-add top soil

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    You do need to make sure all the root material from each violet has been completely removed or there's a risk they will grow again through your new lawn. Is there a reason you're not laying sod instead of seeding?
    – Bamboo
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 13:29
  • The cost is the main reason. Yes I guess rototiling the soil and then using a rake to remove any traces of roots will take care of that
    – MiniMe
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 13:58
  • the area that I would need sod for is 1400sqf
    – MiniMe
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 14:09
  • besides that I think the chances are better with seeds than with sod at this time of the year
    – MiniMe
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 14:13
  • I don't know where you are so can't comment on whether seed or sod is better at this time of year, but yes, that is a lot of sod to cover that amount of space. I was thinking more about the number of seeds the violets will have left in the soil which are likely to germinate along with your grass seed...
    – Bamboo
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 18:13


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