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Old 06-16-2012, 07:43 AM
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The lawn is more weeds than grass and the home owner is looking to start with a freshly sodded lawn.
How could I ensure the weeds don't come back? Herbicides are not allowed.

I considered tarping the lawn for 3 weeks and smothering/cooking the lawn. I would then amend the soil with compost and sand to improve the clay soil.

How would you kill off the existing problem lawn?

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Jamie
1) Soil test
2) Cut it down as close to the ground as you can.
3) Add your amendments per soil test and till as deep as you can
4) grade and bring the soil to field capacity
5) Solarize with clear plastic for at least 4 weeks
6) regrade and lay your sod
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:19 AM
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Agree with sod cutting and putting sod back. The only way to go with the best result. Then it is important to water and fert the new grass!
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:58 PM
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I agree with most of the inputs, however, lets not forget the pre-emergents. You can buy mom and pop lawn care stuff at Home Depot or you can visit a nursery and get the good stuff for about $55.00. It is an orange malt-like chemical that works very well.
You can also pick a sod that is weed resistant like Fescue.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:48 PM
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I agree with most of the inputs, however, lets not forget the pre-emergents. You can buy mom and pop lawn care stuff at Home Depot or you can visit a nursery and get the good stuff for about $55.00. It is an orange malt-like chemical that works very well.
You can also pick a sod that is weed resistant like Fescue.
The OP specified herbicides were not allowed.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:53 PM
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1) Soil test
2) Cut it down as close to the ground as you can.
3) Add your amendments per soil test and till as deep as you can
4) grade and bring the soil to field capacity
5) Solarize with clear plastic for at least 4 weeks
6) regrade and lay your sod
This has my vote for most complete but I likely also include compost and expanded shell if clay is the concern.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:45 PM
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This has my vote for most complete but I likely also include compost and expanded shell if clay is the concern.
Kiril must be slipping as he always recommends compost, and rightfully so.

C'mon Kiril, were you not feeling well that day?
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:37 PM
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Kiril must be slipping as he always recommends compost, and rightfully so.

C'mon Kiril, were you not feeling well that day?
He said amendments.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:00 PM
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Can I get an explanation of the "solarization with clear plastic for 4 weeks"?
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:02 PM
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Can I get an explanation of the "solarization with clear plastic for 4 weeks"?
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Clear plastic to bake to weed seeds to death. Weed seed stay dormant in soil for a long time and thrive in disturbed soils.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:08 PM
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He said amendments.
...... Bingo!
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