Crabgrass to Rye

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Dman911, Oct 4, 2009.

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  1. Dman911

    Dman911 LawnSite Member
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    Any help...please?
    I have a yard covered in crabgrass. I am thinking about scalping the yard fertilizing the seeding with rye. Should this work or will I have just made super crabgrass?

    Thanks.
     
  2. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The crabgrass seeds are in the soil.

    If the lawn needs grass, that issue stands independent of the crabgrass issue.

    New grass, if cut right and thickened as quickly as possible, will choke out crabgrass and keep those seeds (and others) from germinating.

    That being said, pre-emergent is cheap and effective against crabgrass.

    So get your lawn in, baby it and get it good and thick ASAP. Then, come spring, pre-emerge it.
     
  3. Dman911

    Dman911 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the help. Should I dethatch or aerate first?
    Thanks again.
     
  4. grenskpr

    grenskpr LawnSite Member
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    And then when next summer comes around in Oklahoma you can watch it die. You're too far south to have a ryegrass lawn.
     
  5. whoopassonthebluegrass

    whoopassonthebluegrass LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Both of those cultural practices will improve seed germination.
     
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Aerate for sure, double pass. If you can compost topdress on top your seed, even better .
     

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