Treating Newly Seeded Midway Rye

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by clallen03, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. clallen03

    clallen03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511

    I picked up a new client the first of September. His lawn was made up of a little bit of bermuda, centipede, fescue, dallas, crabgrass, broadleafs, zoysia, and anything else you can think of.

    Now as I begin maintaining this lawn I notice that it hard grew at all. I expected it need to be fertilized. I didn't want to start treating the lawn because I told me he wanted it overseeded with rye this year.

    Middle September I aerated, fertilized (starter), and overseeded this lawn. Now it took a while for the seed to germinated, maybe because of the warm weather, but know it is almost full.

    Here is were the problem lies. Now since I have done this to the lawn the weeds are now growing like crazy. I expected this but I thought that I would be able to hide the weeds in the thick rye, I was wrong. The weeds are growing faster then anything and its not looking good.

    This is my question.
    I know how to get rid of these weeds, but Im afraid to do anything to this lawn because I have never treated newly seeded rye grass. I would hate to treat for weeds and kill the rye also.
    I guess Im asking is there anything I may need to know before I treat newly seeded rye? Do I need to lower my rates? Do I need to wait to treat for grassy weed? Do I need to wait to treat the lawn and just deal with the weeds? Anything will be helpful.

  2. clallen03

    clallen03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 511


    Nobody treat annual rye grass (Lesco Midway)?
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,225

    I treated some newly seeded ryegrass (Scotts "Pure Premium") (about 2 inches high). I did it on purpose because I suspected that it woud be OK. I used Lesco Eliminate. After two weeks it looks fine.

    Click above and take a look at Octane herbicide. "Cool season grasses both newly seeded and established are generally tolerant..."

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