Toby’s Complete Lawn Renovation Program

  • First apply an herbicide with Glyphosate as its only active ingredient (also known as ai) which include:
    •  Gordon’s Pronto, Bonide Kleen Up, Ace Weed & Grass Killer
    • Under dry conditions water 2 days before applying the herbicide to the grass, promoting actively growing grass. When doing this it is best to apply Earthright to condition the soil making verticutting and seeding easier.
  • A second application of herbicide may be required if the target area is not brown within 7 to 10 days.
  • Once the target area is brown mow the area short and bag.
  • Now it’s time to verticut. Verticut in one direction then make a second pass in the opposite direction. Lastly, rake or pick up with a bagger as much debris as possible
    •  The area doesn’t need to be completely bare. Just enough old lawn needs to be removed to make sure seed has a good contact with the scored ground. Please note that power rakes and core aerators are NOT meant for reseeding. 
  • In the same day as verticutting apply your seed. Know your square footage and apply only the recommended seeding rate using a broad cast or drop spreader.
    • Sun to medium shade Hummert Dyna Green Fescue-Blue Mix for Sun- 5-7lbs per 1,000 sq ft
    • Medium to heavy shade use Hummert Dyna Green Fescue-Blue Mix for Shade- 5-7lbs per 1,000 sq ft
    • Hummert Best Of Blues- 2-3lbs per 1,000 sq ft
    • All three grass seed mentioned above are tested for this area and contain no weed or other crop seed and have a higher disease and drought resistance.
    • Applying too much seed will lead to overcrowding and your newly seeded area will fail.
  • Next apply Dyna Green Fall Starter Fertilizer at the recommended rate.
  • Once you see germination (Usually within 10-14 days) apply Mushroom Stuff to help the grass plants establish quicker.
  • Lastly water in the seed with ¼” to ½” of water.
    • This can be done with a sprinkler and will set the seed in the channels left by the verticutter.
    • Keep area moist at the surface for the next 2-3 weeks. Newly sprouted seed left dry will not survive!
  • In 3-4 weeks you should be mowing your newly seeded lawn. Make sure to mow at 3-4 inches when needed.
  • Apply Dyna Green Winterizer fertilizer twice in 30 day intervals after your second mowing to promote a healthy yard in the spring.

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