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Old 09-20-2008, 06:52 PM   #16
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Since next year's crabgrass comes from this year's seeds, rototilling and reseeding now will only mix the seeds into your new lawn to sprout next year. Evidently there is a weed killer there is a pre-emergent killer that doesn't affect grass (mentioned on This Old House once) but it is not the stuff in Halts from Scotts. Best to call a local garden place to see if they have it. Might try searching TOH website to see if that episode's content is archived. I think what you are doing is essentially correct: get a new lawn going is easiest this time of year with warm days and cool nights. Water during the day and not at night to reduce fungus risk.
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Bob,
Are you familiar with pendimethalyn, isoxaben, or oryzalen?
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What about corn gluten meal?

http://www.pesticide.org/pubs/alts/c...lutenmeal.html
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Sorry, I'm clueless on those chemicals. Why not try calling your state's agriculture extension office (like http://turfgrassmanagement.psu.edu/homelawns.cfm)
or a local garden supply place (not the big box places)? Someone should be able to steer you to the right kind of chemical to use.
Local PBS radio has a guy on weekly who espouses gluten use. You can likely search the archives here for his info on gluten:
http://www.gardensalive.com/article_...cd2=1222045170
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Ok, so here's the plan. Wait a few more day's on my killer to work more. Dig/rake it all up.
Aerate in two different directions.
Overseed (should I use a slitter?).
Apply starter fertilizer.
I was then thinking about a top dressing after reading up on it. My lawn is about 6 years old and not very smooth anyway. Hope they rent something for that.
Use pre-emergent in the spring then?
Sound like a plan?
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Don't forget the straw after you seed!
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Bajaboy,
I think I would aerate as you described, top dress (I've seen no machine available for home owner use but they may exist; I think it is shovel, wheel barrow, and rake time with a lot of Advil), then seed with a slitter if you can get one (do it at half the rate indicated for your type of seed and do it at a right angle to the first seed application to ensure even coverage); then fertilize with starter fertilizer so roots get a good start.
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