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roundup for bed prep?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by snowmizer, May 3, 2004.

  1. snowmizer

    snowmizer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    have an install to do this weekend and was wondering how long should i wait to start install after laying out beds and spraying with roundup? (I am licensed) with all the rain i am concerned about when i can get out there to mark out beds and have enough time in between for install or should i just use a sod cutter?about 500 sq of bed area.thanks for any info!!
  2. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    We've had luck with spraying on one day, then coming back and installing through the grass the next. Just make sure the grass is cut before you spray, and put a heavy coating of mulch down.
  3. snowmizer

    snowmizer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    d flex
    so i could just spray my pattern then should i till the ground? it will be a raised bed ,kidney shaped to hide sewer drain vent, power box (in a development).I will either mow it close or weed whip the area.I was just concerned about planting to close to applying roundup. thanks for the info!
  4. katrena

    katrena LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Roundup is only active when applied to plant foliage. Therefore, you should be able to plant immediately. My only concern would be getting any undried Roundup on my skin.
  5. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    Are you kidding???? There is a time for full PPE and all, but are you actually afraid Roundup will burn you???

    If you are, I've got news for you. IT WON'T!!!! Roundup is probably one of the safest chemicals on the market right now, so safe you probably could (but DON'T!) drink it once it's mixed and it wouldn't hurt you. Maybe a little case of the runs, but that's it.... Don't do it though, there is no reason.

    Spray the bed, come back the next day and add whatever soil you need to. Plant the plants, don't till the grass. Edge and mulch. It's that simple. Roundup needs time to work, and tilling will severely reduce the effects.

    The only reason to spray one day and come back the next is to lesson the chances of leaving footprints of dead grass in the yard. Once it's dry, you can do anything you want, short of saving the plant/grass.

  6. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    Roundup doesn't do a d*** thing to my skin. D Felix knows what he is talking about here!!!
  7. neal-wolbertsinc

    neal-wolbertsinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    I just read the Roundup Pro label and it says to wait 7 days before verticutting, slicing etc. turf for replanting to allow time for the product to translocate into the roots (see www.cdms.net). I would wait at least 3 days to make sure the translocation is complete before covering with mulch. If you wait a week you will be able to tell if you missed any spots...might save you a headache later. Neal
  8. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I use roundup weather max and you only need 30 min before it is well absorbed into the plants. Just dont spray anything that you want to keep. I do the same as D Felix.
  9. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    same thing here
  10. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    Wish I knew this last week:(

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