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Stickers in a dirt patch area

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lips, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. lips

    lips LawnSite Member
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    Have a client that has a few patches of dirt with what used to have a lot of weeds in it. She cleared out most of the weeds but not all of them. Thing is there were and still are lots and lots of stickers in the ground. One step in and your shoe is covered. The hard kind that resemble a game of jacks. Not good identifying stickers yet, Sorry. Well, she does not want to pay for sod so we are going to re-seed. How can I seed this area? Is there a method for removing the stickers first? I don't think solarizing will kill them. If I just seed will the grass surface first or will the stickers germinate and cover the area first? Any help please??
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you talking 'stickers' as in burdock and such? In all varieties these are 'seed carriers'.
    Blow, rake walk around in fluffy cotton slippers, whatever it takes, but get rid of them and till the ground to see what kind of perennial roots are there, then level and seed.
     
  3. lips

    lips LawnSite Member
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    They aren't burdock. I can hardly tell what the plants look like in their beaten condition but the stickers are hard with two or three horns each. Do you know if I don't get them all, will the grass seed grow first? And if so enough to smother the weed seedlings?

    I know whenever a stray ball goes in the area it comes out covered in them. I was thinking of getting a large exercise ball and tolling it around several times.
     
  4. lips

    lips LawnSite Member
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    The guilty party:
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  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    So you still have dead weeds covering the area as well? There could be all kinds of stuff in there that will out compete the grass.

    I wouldn't be comfortable in doing anything until it was cleaned and tilled. Weed seeds almost always outcompete grass seed...

    Could you burn it?
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Where are you from? I can't place those things at all... :)
     
  7. lips

    lips LawnSite Member
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    A few dead weeds but not many. I want to till it but don't want to make it nice and comfy for the stickers so I want to see if I can get most of them out of there. I thought about burning but am not equipped to do so. Any thoughts what to use if I do burn?
     
  8. lips

    lips LawnSite Member
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    Southern Colorado.
     
  9. lips

    lips LawnSite Member
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  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Puncture vine--you got it--horrible sharp burr which can puncture bicycle tires. Your main choice is to seed over the top of it. Then plan on weed control when the new grass is stongly established--say in about 8 weeks. I am thinking this weed is not strongly competitive with thick grass when mowed at 2 inches. Plan on at least two weed control treatments until it is gone. Uncommon in well-cared for lawns.
     

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