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Do I aerate or weed contrl first?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Tru, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Tru

    Tru LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I'm a new landscaper in the midwest and I have a customer who has a lawn that is 75% weed and clover. I have already de-thatched the lawn and I now need to Aerate, weed control and seed the lawn. I am looking for advise on the order I should proceed in. Do I aerate before doing the weed control - or after? Then if I do one before the other - how much time should I leave in between or I do them together? Also - I want to use Momentum to kill the clover - is this best - or is there a better product you can suggest? Advice appreciated.
  2. ron mexico75

    ron mexico75 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,015

    I would kill first then aerate. I would imagine if using glyphosate (roundup) you could plant within a week or so after total die back or maybe sooner. I don't believe glyphosate leaches into the soil.

    Not sure of the herbicide you mentioned so I won't comment on that. I do know out East where I'm at you only want to start a lawn from scratch in September when the days are warm and the nights are cool and weeds and crab grass aren't germinating.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Yes, get rid of the weeds first and see exactly what you got.
    Dethatching was an unnecessary expense, especially if it turns into a renovation. (75% weeds does not produce thatch.)

    Aeration is for what purpose? Compaction?

    Unless you are very good at it - seeding now is a big crapshoot and you may likely have CG racing ahead of your lawn grasses.
    However, if this lawn has been pre-m'd for a couple of years and you don't disturb the suface much, then overseeding and topdressing with a good topsoil or compost, you can expect more turf and less CG.

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