Step 4: Spread compost

toh landscape contractor roger cook spreading compost
Photo: Kindra Clineff
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Order enough compost to cover the yard 3 inches deep: one cubic yard per 108 square feet. Have the load delivered as close to the lawn as possible, then distribute it with a wheelbarrow. For heavy clay soils, spread 1 inch of sand along with compost to improve drainage. Blend it in with the tiller.
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    Tools List

    • flat blade shovel
      Shovel
    • wheelbarrow
      Wheelbarrow
    • Gas powered sod cutter
      Sod Cutter
    • rotary tiller
      Tiller
    • walk-behind spreader
      Seed spreader
    • metal garden rake
      Grading rake
    • hand rake
      Leaf rake

    Shopping List

    1. Compost

    2. Soil amendments3. Grass seed