Step 3: Amend the Soil

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This is your best opportunity to add amendments such as fertilizer, organic matter, and lime or sulfur.  Use a soil test to determine the best amendments for your particular soil. The best way to test your soil is to send a sample to a Cooperative Extension Service (CSREES), which is usually located at or affiliated with a state university, or to a commercial soil tester.    

Garden rake

Toro Power tiller

2. Use a power tiller to work amendments, including fertilizer and organic matter, into the soil.

Landscape rake for leveling before planting.

3. Use a landscape rake to level; then you are ready to plant your lawn.

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