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Old 09-01-2012, 09:20 AM
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The problem comes with the clumping grasses. You scalp them down but a clump still remains and the finished product looks like crap. Those clumps also inhibit the roots from getting to the soil.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:20 AM
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It seems there is plenty of testimonials from both South and North in regards to laying sod over the existing lawn... my concern would be too much living material rotting and causing disease problems so mowing it short or glyphosate it would be the goal sure thing to do...

Sounds like we have a winner...
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:05 PM
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sod over crab

New sod laid directly over crabgrass is looking slightly better. I was more careful about watering it every day for 3 minutes.
The crabgrass underneath the sod is dead and collapsed. Sod was laid on August 24, 2012, now 17 days afterwards. Weather was about 10 days dry and 85 degrees.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:32 PM
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Put a few pieces down and see if the CG doesn't grow up between them.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:43 PM
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If you did it now the crab is in its final tiller in most cases in the northern or mid atlantic areas so it wont compete as much against the sod I have seen many a yard done this time of yr just thrown down over and it takes very well. I am sodding my personal lawn with bluegrass on Friday I sprayed everything with gly and mowed to the dirt I could probally lay right over but I'm going to powerrake it twice just before laying the sod.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:48 PM
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Pray your pre em gets to the seeds already dropped next year before they germinate.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:14 PM
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In my personal lawn there was no cg
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:11 PM
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Good question, Patriot,
Is the seed present now mature enough to germinate and grow...or...must it remain on the plant for a few more weeks to reach seed maturity?
Does short mowing reduce the amount of seed for next year...or...is this going to make only a tiny difference?
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:24 AM
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CG seed only germinates when it has a barespot of dirt and baking in the sun where nothing else is growing... the seed under the sod doesn't stand a chance unless the sod deteriorates of comes up between the cracks next Spring...
All those same seeds would be there, even if the ground was tilled...
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:10 AM
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Not around here CG will pop up in the healthiest of SA even with two rounds of pre em at 3 month spacing. My experience has been there will always be a small amount to control. 100% CG free is not possible. Spray, scalp, mow, smother, spray again and you still will have some to deal with. It's all about a tolerance level for the customer.
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