HELP - I killed my lawn & winter's coming FAST

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Lavernesr, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Lavernesr

    Lavernesr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I had a portion of my lawn that I had it with - weeds, crabgrass, etc.

    I had planned on:
    • killing
    • roto tilling
    • adding loam
    • replanting
    this fall... but things came up and I'm out of time.

    I'm located in central MA & it could snow any day!!

    I sprayed it with Roundup about 6 wks ago & it's dead or at least looks it.


    Is there something I can/should do to prepare to start over in the spring?

    (Any advise on what to due in the spring would be appreciated as well)

    I have a feeling I'm going to hear that I screwed up...

    Oh yah, I have grubs too...and missed the window to kill them.

  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. EastCoast

    EastCoast LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    I suggest you hire a lawncare service in early spring.
  4. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    I've thrown down seed just before a late winter snow and it came in good in the spring. You might cut what you've killed real low with the mower and seed right before a good snow.
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,169

    Sod. Or if not, your soil temp will not be enough for seed germination and early growth until about the date of your first mowing--I would estimate about the third week of April. I would say soil temp of at least 50 would be about right.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Dormant seeding for sure... As Riggle said, once your soil temps hit 50s in the spring your seed will germinate. It has all winter to 'plant' itself, especially if you do a topdressing of compost. Don't need much for seeding.
  7. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,052

    I agree with others. DON'T TILL. Cut the dead residue short. Seed. Cover with compost if you have it; no compost? the seed will probably work its way into the soil during winter anyway. Don't worry; be :)
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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  9. Josh.S

    Josh.S LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,085

    Do you have an article or can you explain how it "plants" itself while the seed has not germinated? I'm not sure if I understand how this works.
  10. Lavernesr

    Lavernesr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hi - Thanks for everyones help.

    Sorry if I wasn't specific. I've already killed the grass - it's brown dead. It's a small portion of my lawn 30x20 separate from the rest of the yard.

    We had snow last night, and it's been cold. Still have a few more outdoor projects to finish so I'm throwing in the towel on this one for the winter.

    In the spring I would like to add loam, level the area off and replant. It is also a semi-high traffic area.

    So until only question is

    Does anyone recommend anything I can/should add to the area now that would help prepare the soil for spring?

    It looks like from shoveling snow will keep me busy until then.

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