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Old 07-25-2010, 09:00 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Basically my lawn looks great from afar...the closer you get, the more you realize how many weeds I have. Mainly crab grass. It was not like this last year. This winter, during one of the ridiculous storms, we had to have someone plow our driveway. Along with the snow, they plowed our lawn along the peripherals of the driveway crabgrass has grown all along there. I can't explain why crabgrass appeared this year and not last. Bottom line, I want to attempt to fix this myself. Though I can't do a miracle this season...please help me prepare for the next. What do I do? When do I start? I want to try to do this on my own. Thanks so much!
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:35 AM
 
Location: Stony Brook
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aug 15...kill the crabgrass with roundup...1 week later seed and fertilizer, topdress with topsoil, water twice a day. make sure you use a quality grass seed.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:35 AM
 
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Lawns are terrible everywhere. Kill the crabgrass, then seed and fert in the fall.

I am not even thinking of mine till at least sept. Ours is dead in patches. Every year is different.
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:32 AM
 
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Lawns are terrible everywhere. Kill the crabgrass, then seed and fert in the fall.

I am not even thinking of mine till at least sept. Ours is dead in patches. Every year is different.
I agree. The majority of lawns just look AWFUL this year. They started off so well with all that rain we had in the Spring, but this summer has just brutalized them. Such a shame. And the parkways! The idiots that let the grass get that high (you could lose a small child among it) and then finally cut it down .... What a burned-out mess.

OP, lucky you that your lawn looks good from a distance. At least you can claim that. Most people this year have brown patchy messes. I hope you get your crab grass problem resolved in the Fall and best of luck to you with your lawn next Summer.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:07 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Thanks for your tips. Keep them coming in. I want to try my best to do this myself. My husband mows it. I don't mind doing the work beyond that. I'm just so new to this, and as much as we can afford to have landscapers fix our problem, I don't want to go that route that just yet.

Could anyone give me a step by step time frame of what to do and what to buy (brands, etc.). It is ridiculous how sandy this soil is. This was NOT a problem last year. I could pick the few weeds by hand.

BTW-we have not done ANY treatments to the grass since closing on this house a few years ago (worried more about the inside). We just are a bit lost and new to this. Thanks a bunch for your help!
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:35 AM
 
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How about using Scotts Plus 2. Isn't that supposed to kill weeds while fertilizing?
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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I have crabgrass as well. It's really tough to avoid when the weather is hot and dry like it has been this summer.

I believe there is crabgrass treatment from Scott's that you can apply. It's really too late for this summer, but you might want to apply it this fall.

The main way to combat crabgrass is to have a very thick lawn. There is a technique that I want to try called "overseeding". Basically in the Fall you really seed every patch of lawn you can find. If you can get your lawn thicker with real grass, there won't be space for crabgrass to grow.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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i've got more mushrooms than a farmers market.

more weeds than willie nelson's tour bus.

definetely a priority to get the lawn looking good.

i need tips too, being that this is first year as a homeowner.
I considered calling a 'lawn doctor', but im going to research things and get at it myself, circa labor day.
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:44 AM
 
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As someone that's been in the business many, many years, I've found this to be very good and accurate information...

http://www.tlehcs.com/Pdf%20files/cnylcpg.pdf
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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How about using Scotts Plus 2. Isn't that supposed to kill weeds while fertilizing?
I don't think that works well with crabgrass that has already grown out. I'm having a problem with crabgrass myself and that didn't help one bit.
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