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Lawn Renovation Guide

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Lawn Renovation Guide

Lawn renovation involves replacing undesirable weeds and grasses with desirable grass varieties for a green, weed-free lawn.

NOTE: Where Bermuda grass has been a problem, the renovation must be started when Bermuda grass is actively growing and easiest to eradicate. If your area is not contaminated with Bermuda grass, renovation can be started later.

1) Mow your lawn to approximately 3″ in height.

2) Water lawn well 2-3 days prior to application of herbicide, such as HiYield KillZ-all.

3) Using a plastic pressure sprayer apply HiYield KillZ-all at the rate of 5 tablespoons per gallon of water, applied to 300 sq. ft.

4) Apply HiYield KillZ-all early in the day after dew is off the grass and allow at least 6 hours without rain or irrigation.

5) After 7 to 10 days the grasses and weeds should start to turn yellow and die. If bright green areas are evident, re-spray these missed areas. A blue “tracking dye” can be added to assure better initial coverage.

6) After 10 to 14 days mow as closely as possible and remove debris.

7) Seed must be incorporated into the top 1/4″ of soil to insure uniform germination. A vertical-tine dethatching machine (available at an equipment rental company) will loosen remaining debris and disturb soil surface in preparation for re-seeding.

8) Seed choice and application rates are very critical in assuring a good start for your “new” yard. Evergreen H&G Showplace TLC Premium Fescue Blend is an excellent choice for seeding areas of full sun to partial shade. Seeding rates are 8-10 pounds per 1,000 square feet.

9) Immediately follow seeding with Schultz Starter Fertilizer at recommended bag rates. Let Evergreen perform a free soil test to determine if an application of pelletized lime would also be recommended.

10) Clean straw should be applied evenly at about 1 bale per 500 square feet.

11) A machine called a slit seeder can be used for seeding in order to avoid the use of straw.

12) Watering now becomes the most critical step. Seed and new seedlings must have constant moisture. Frequent light watering is needed to promote seed germination and less frequent heavier watering is needed as seedlings begin to grow.

13) Mow the new lawn when grass blades reach 3 to 3-1/2 inches high. Use a sharp mower blade and just remove the grass tips. Frequent removal of this top portion of the grass stimulates the density of your new lawn.

14) Let Evergreen advise you of follow-up procedures for fertilizing, insect, weed and disease control.

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