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Old 08-28-2013, 12:59 PM
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Best way to fix this problem, crabgrass

I have a client who until a few months ago had a great front lawn. Until he needed to have his septic system replaced. Company came in, redid the septic, seeded and took off. Because of the timing, being the beginning of summer, the lawn now is infested with crabgrass. My client wants me to get the lawn back to the way it used to be and I would like some suggestions on the best way to get rid of the crabgrass and seeding technics to do so.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:40 PM
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Sometimes it works to let the CrabGrass freeze to death and then reseed, but sometimes you may have to kill it either with tilling or roundup...
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:56 PM
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Sometimes it works to let the CrabGrass freeze to death and then reseed, but sometimes you may have to kill it either with tilling or roundup...
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So would it be best to spray it now then seed in spring?
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If you're going to seed in the Spring there is no reason to spray at all... but I wouldn't wait till Spring...

And yes, if there is any good grass there, then quinclorac may be a good idea...
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:55 PM
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So spray...should I wait till it dies? Then thatch, aerate and seed?
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Is there any good grass in the CG???
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:05 PM
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:17 PM
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1. Spray the area with Round Up.
2. You have to wait two weeks before you can do anything to the soil.
3. I would scratch up the ground and remove any leftover clumps of weeds and or grass.
4. Smooth out with a rake.
5. Spread the area with new grass seed.
6. Cover that area with 1/4" to 1/2" of organic compost. If you can get a local supply or from a large home center work work fine for a small area.
7. Spread the organic compost on to the area that you killed off with Round Up. The compost is nice because it will hold 20% its weight in moisture, thus helping keep your grass seed damp, making the grass to germinate.
8. Use your rake to level the area out.
9. If you want to put down a starter fertilizer or some Milorganite Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer, that will help your new grass grow quicker once it germinates.
10. Then water. You want to keep the ground damp so the new grass seed will germinate. Plus keeping the ground moist, the water will go deep into the ground. And wherever the moisture/water is located....the grass root will follow.
11. Stay off the area for two to three weeks. But make sure you water.
12. In three to four weeks you will have a good growth of new grass. You might get a couple of weeds from having an open soil area with no growth of grass for a couple of weeks. If you do get weeds, you can always hand pull them quickly, since they are trying to establish themselves into the new soil are along with the new grass seed.

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1. Spray the area with Round Up.
2. You have to wait two weeks before you can do anything to the soil.
3. I would scratch up the ground and remove any leftover clumps of weeds and or grass.
4. Smooth out with a rake.
5. Spread the area with new grass seed.
6. Cover that area with 1/4" to 1/2" of organic compost. If you can get a local supply or from a large home center work work fine for a small area.
7. Spread the organic compost on to the area that you killed off with Round Up. The compost is nice because it will hold 20% its weight in moisture, thus helping keep your grass seed damp, making the grass to germinate.
8. Use your rake to level the area out.
9. If you want to put down a starter fertilizer or some Milorganite Organic Nitrogen Fertilizer, that will help your new grass grow quicker once it germinates.
10. Then water. You want to keep the ground damp so the new grass seed will germinate. Plus keeping the ground moist, the water will go deep into the ground. And wherever the moisture/water is located....the grass root will follow.
11. Stay off the area for two to three weeks. But make sure you water.
12. In three to four weeks you will have a good growth of new grass. You might get a couple of weeds from having an open soil area with no growth of grass for a couple of weeks. If you do get weeds, you can always hand pull them quickly, since they are trying to establish themselves into the new soil are along with the new grass seed.

Post some pictures of your work.
#2 is incorrect. You can seed the day after using RU quick pro. Idk what the label says about it but from experience i have seen no negative affects. That is sprayed at label
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