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Old 08-01-2013, 09:01 AM
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Fall Renovations Start Now

With the cooler temps in the past week, the continuation WITH sunshine expected into the middle of August,, I believe I should fertilize and spray the broadleaf now...

There are a lot of weeds this year due to the severe thinning and even complete desolation from last year's drought,,, so I'm hoping to be ready to reseed BEFORE Labor Day...

Am I jumping the gun??? Should I wait until Aug. 15th???
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:47 AM
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If you spray broadleaf weeds now, your lawns next Spring will still have a lot of broadleaf weeds because they will germinate mid-September to mid-October this far north. It may not be bad if you can get turf density extremely high before early September. My .02
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:14 AM
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Good idea, Ax. Spray the weeds now. Rainy and cool is great. And wait 3 to 7 days before seed. However...many of the weeds visible now (like spurge, and crabgrass) are summer annuals...you may be forced to seed through all the spurge and crabgrass after you power rake or slit seed. Be ready to spray again about late October. The winter annuals and dandelions may take hold in October. Veronica, chickweed, henbit, hairy bittercress. Plus you may kill a few perennials like violets and creeping charlie. Feel free to spot spray the violets with something like triclopyr or Quicksilver--the chance of injuring the grass is lower in cool weather, in case you "accidentally" wet the violets down a bit more than necessary.

You want to make sure your new grass is strong enough to withstand herbicide by October--and that you have not gone over the yearly limit for 2,4-D. Perhaps use a non-2,4-D product, like Lesco Eliminate, for one of those treatments.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:36 PM
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If you are renovating lawns near Labor Day, yes treat those lawns now by all means, unless they are very dry and close to dormancy of course. Any other lawns, you are better off waiting until late August at least to treat, as that 2nd wave of weeds (dandies, etc) will be coming up then.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:43 PM
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Thanks for the responses and the reminder to hit it again in Oct... Right now I need to wipe out as much Creeping Charlie as I can as quickly as I can before I can get any new grass to grow in those areas... I only spot spray individual weeds so dandelions often escape my notice till Spring, but at least I'm not going beyond the quota for 2,4d...
My concern is that new grass is better starting now,,, rather than 3 weeks from now, but the Ground Ivy, needs to be gone first...
So thanks,,, I think I'll give it a try...
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