Asked on Feb 19, 2018

How do you go about removing bark from your yard and changing to grass

Debbie Libhart
by Debbie Libhart
i have bark both in my front and backyar. I would like to swit to grass.

  10 answers
  • Sue Sue on Feb 19, 2018

    This is a labor intensive project but worth your time and energy! Start by raking as much of the bark away as possible. This will need to be hauled off - or put into flower beds as mulch. After the bark is removed you'll need to rototill the area you wan to plant lawn. We rented a rake to remove the clods and also rented a roller to then roll the area to settle the ground. Now you are ready to plant!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 19, 2018

    remove all the bark, apply several layers of top soil, lime, grass seed for your area,starter fertilizer topped with peat mass and keep ,moist until germinated.

  • If it were me, I would advertise to friends and neighbors on and let them rake and haul away! Any left over just toss in your green waste bin, (we have 3 bins, household trash, recycle and yard waste.) Then follow the steps to establish a new lawn.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Feb 19, 2018

    I believe there's no easy solution. Rake up as much as you can. Then till in some aged manure. Usually two inches of manure is good. Then seed or sod and water.

  • Gelaine Fasse Buhk Gelaine Fasse Buhk on Feb 19, 2018

    You will have to rake up all the bark. Then add dirt to any low areas and seed the grass. Its going to be hard work but worth the effort.

  • Rl06898607 Rl06898607 on Feb 19, 2018

    Wow, this would be a huge project! You'll definitely have to use a garden rake to remove the majority of bark mulch and then have some nice loam delivered to plant your seed. I'd also get a quote from a landscaper depending on the size of the yard. It really is much harder than you'd think. I am talking from experience!

  • Joanne Layton Woods Joanne Layton Woods on Feb 19, 2018

    You will need a rake, a tarp, and bags for removing the bark

    • Joanne Layton Woods Joanne Layton Woods on Feb 19, 2018

      sorry it’s so short. But honestly using the tarp will help a ton... You can take the bark right onto the tarp. Weight the tarp down if needed.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 21, 2021

    Yes, this will be labor intensive. I like Naomie's idea of posting free bark mulch.

    Rake it up and hopefully repurpose, bark has the tendency to breakdown over the years and may be a bigger challenge than you originally thought. Then top soil and seed.

  • Rake up all the bark and remove it. Bring in and spread topsoil and plant grass seed with a spreader. Water well.

  • Rebecca Rebecca on Mar 25, 2024

    Removing bark is too much work. Don’t over think it, and don’t spend too much money on it.

    When I bought my house the entire backyard was covered with decorative bark. No landscaping or grass whatsoever. I paid someone from Craig’s list $200 to till the bark into the soil. I then spent another $30 on a bag of grass/clover mix. My water bills were a bit high the first summer when the lawn was establishing. It was the best home improvement money I ever spent!

    it’s not a carefully manicured golf course, but it’s green, looks nice, and the bark did a lot to break up the compacted clay soil, improving drainage.