Preparation and planning are key to planting a new lawn and general lawn maintenance. It is important to prepare the area thoroughly and to get rid of all weeds and to make sure the soil won’t immediately crust over or compact into lumpy ruts. Another tip is to test the pH level of your soil. Do-it-yourself test kits are available from most nurseries or home improvement stores throughout the Edmond, OK area. It might seem like a hassle, but testing your soil will save you from pouring money into the ground. Proper lawn care needs to be consistently monitored to ensure that you keep your yard lush, green, and weed free. Start by stripping the area of all weeds and roots, taking off the top six inches when necessary. To loosen compaction and improve drainage, rototill to a depth of at least 6 inches. It’s very important to add loam and compost to enrich the soil and many experts suggest mixing equal parts of loam, sand and your original topsoil. You’re best off in the long run if you incorporate a slight slope to facilitate drainage and prevent pooling. Finally, use a roller to pack down the soil, then grade the area with a metal rake. Be as thorough as you can and remember, once you’ve put your seed or sod down, you can’t go back and regrade. For professional lawn care at low prices, call Brad’s Economy Lawn Care. Located in Edmond, OK, Brad will work hard to make your yard the best on the block.