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Good morning everybody, I have been quarantined for the next few weeks (I'm healthy, it's just a precaution before surgery). I live in Richmond VA and want to spend these next 2 weeks getting control over my yard. Unfortunately I do not know a great deal about landscaping, but want to at least start with killing the weeds that currently exist before seeding. It looks like crab grass, something else I'm not sure of and a few clovers. I've included pictures for the more knowledgeable here. The crabgrass looks to be dormant still so I wasn't sure if a pre or post emergent herbicide would be best. Any and all advise that you can give will be greatly appreciated!
 

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Probably per-emegent. Stronly mixed broadleaf killer for the rest of it. Or a complete weed and grass killer to do it all.


NOTE: The per-emegent will alway prevent grass seed from sproting for the bulk of this season, so if you plan to spring seed skip it.
 

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Probably per-emegent. Stronly mixed broadleaf killer for the rest of it. Or a complete weed and grass killer to do it all.


NOTE: The per-emegent will alway prevent grass seed from sproting for the bulk of this season, so if you plan to spring seed skip it.



Thank you for your advise, and while the photos look like my yard is 100% desolate there are only sections like that. I was hoping to seed in the early spring, do I have any other options to deal with the weeds? Also what type of weed is the one that has the purple flowers on it? Thank you again for your assistance!
 

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Violets I think. Violets often have to pulled out until you get it all. It is very hard to kill and spreads via runners. In the second pic you have some creeping charlie.


If it were me, I would skip the crab control, Hit the weeds with a strong broad leaf or very selectively with a kill all and then seed following label directions for whatever product you have or purchase.


Do you have Southern States, Rural King or Tractor Supply in VA? The first 2 for sure sell a one product solution for your problems.
 

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Violets I think. Violets often have to pulled out until you get it all. It is very hard to kill and spreads via runners. In the second pic you have some creeping charlie.


If it were me, I would skip the crab control, Hit the weeds with a strong broad leaf or very selectively with a kill all and then seed following label directions for whatever product you have or purchase.


Do you have Southern States, Rural King or Tractor Supply in VA? The first 2 for sure sell a one product solution for your problems.

Luckily I have plenty of time to pull the Violets, and in regards to the retailers, we have a Southern States about 15 minutes away. Since I can't go there directly and would have to send a friend (due to the quarantine) do you know what the one product solution is called? Thanks again everyone for your help!
 

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Maybe pull them? Don't injure your liver prior to surgery with herbicides, jmo. Good luck by the way.
 

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Luckily I have plenty of time to pull the Violets, and in regards to the retailers, we have a Southern States about 15 minutes away. Since I can't go there directly and would have to send a friend (due to the quarantine) do you know what the one product solution is called? Thanks again everyone for your help!



They should have a generic version or maybe the real McCoy as old stock. The product is Crossbow. At different mix ratios you can use it for broadleaf to poision ivy and other brush.


At the lower mix ratio (2 ox to gallon) s it 24-48 hour safe for grazing pastures. Keep pets off till at least dry.
 

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They should have a generic version or maybe the real McCoy as old stock. The product is Crossbow. At different mix ratios you can use it for broadleaf to poision ivy and other brush.


At the lower mix ratio (2 ox to gallon) s it 24-48 hour safe for grazing pastures. Keep pets off till at least dry.

Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it. I'll look into it now!
 

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The crab grass is not dormant, it is dead. It gets killed off at the first frost.

Unfortunately, it has already put down its seeds, which will start to come up when the weather warms up. Pre-emergent weed killer is one of the few things that work with crab-grass and it works by you put it down a little before the crab grass is expected to start popping up, and it keeps the seeds from germinating. Unfortunately, it will also keep other seeds (such as grass seeds) from germinating.

On the other stuff, I would use Roundup, then anything still green in a week, give it another shot of Roundup. Then wait a few days, till the soil and lay down fresh (i.e not from a hardware store) sod.
 

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The crab grass is not dormant, it is dead. It gets killed off at the first frost.

Unfortunately, it has already put down its seeds, which will start to come up when the weather warms up. Pre-emergent weed killer is one of the few things that work with crab-grass and it works by you put it down a little before the crab grass is expected to start popping up, and it keeps the seeds from germinating. Unfortunately, it will also keep other seeds (such as grass seeds) from germinating.

On the other stuff, I would use Roundup, then anything still green in a week, give it another shot of Roundup. Then wait a few days, till the soil and lay down fresh (i.e not from a hardware store) sod.

That sounds like an absolutely incredible plan and definitely addresses everything. Unfortunately, it would costs ~ $7500 for the sod and I can't afford that as a one time expense right now. But thank you for your input!
 

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while the photos look like my yard is 100% desolate there are only sections like that

Unfortunately, it would costs ~ $7500 for the sod
Round here can get KY Bluegrass sod for $0.35/sf, so that would be 21,500sf of yard. That's a lot of sections!
 

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Round here can get KY Bluegrass sod for $0.35/sf, so that would be 21,500sf of yard. That's a lot of sections!

Damn, I wish that was the price here. The cheapest I can find is a little over DOUBLE that price! My yard is right at 10000 sq ft. and they are charging $0.77/sf. I'd do it in a heartbeat if I could find sod for $0.35/sf
 

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Damn, I wish that was the price here. The cheapest I can find is a little over DOUBLE that price! My yard is right at 10000 sq ft. and they are charging $0.77/sf. I'd do it in a heartbeat if I could find sod for $0.35/sf



Get on Craigslist and see if there is a sod farm within hauling distance. Sod picked up at the farm and self hauled is usually half of what it is at the centers because of delivery expense and markup.
 

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Get on Craigslist and see if there is a sod farm within hauling distance. Sod picked up at the farm and self hauled is usually half of what it is at the centers because of delivery expense and markup.
Exactly.

I used to buy sod at a local nursery, but its under new management now and they jacked up the prices and its not always fresh.

So now I drive to a sod farm. Its fresh and I pay about 3onthetree's price, if not less. Its out in the county, so a bit of a drive, but worth it.
 
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