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pointdog33
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
You have a big enough problem with pests on your shrubs that you need a systemic pesticide?


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atom1505
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
I only have a few weeds around the base of my slab, so I'll work on those this weekend. One last question: what should I put down as a springtime preemergent, and when should I do that in relation to seeding/fertilizing?

Thanks again .


GeauxTigers0107
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?


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bootlegger
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
"Crabgrass is a summer annual and is one of the most common weed problems infesting Louisiana lawns. The seeds need temperatures of 55-60° F to begin germination. Temperatures in south Louisiana begin to reach these heights around mid-February. Applying a pre-emergence herbicide to your lawn around Valentine’s Day will prevent these weeds from taking off. Pre-emergence herbicides kill weeds as they germinate and before they emerge from the ground. When applied as directed, pre-emergence herbicides will not injure established lawns. Products containing dithiopyr or pendimethalin are excellent for controlling crabgrass in February. Look for products such as Sta-Green Crab-Ex, Hi Yield Dimension, Greenlight Crabgrass Preventer 2, and Scotts Halts at your local garden store or co-op. Always follow the label directions when applying herbicides."


Whichever pre-emergent you choose should have detailed instructions as to when you can plant seed
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lsujunky
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
Bootlegger,

I have 1-1/2 acre lot that I just chopped add river silt, rechopped and leveled. I'm looking to maybe seeding with centipede. When is the best time to seed and is there anything I should do before seeded to keep the weeds from the river slit at bay till the grass comes in.


pointdog33
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
Your looking at $2500+ to seed that with centipede for planting at 1lb per thousand square feet. Seeding is not the way to go with most turfgrasses.

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The expensive seeds are very delicate and require very good planting in a well-developed seed bed and much irrigation. Success with seed is less sure on non-loams and where soils crust over badly. Expect an average 1 ½ years from seeding for establishment on an irrigated, sunny lawn site.


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bootlegger
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
I would wait a bit and see what comes up from the river silt. You may have a torpedograss issue, and you are going to want to go scorched earth on that stuff before you try to establish a lawn.

Seeding is done after the soil temps reach a consistent 70 degrees or so.


BankLSU
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
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Should mainly be seeing broadleaves at this point,


Hey Bootlegger, I have same issue but with Bermuda. What can be used that wont kill Bermuda?


tigerrage08
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
Bootlegger, is there a pre-emergent that you recommend for Virginia Buttonweed. I usually have a few spots on my lawn but pull them by hand before I cut grass. Its really not much but I know it can take off quick. TIA


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lsujunky
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
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You may have a torpedograss issue


This is true forgot about that shite. I finally got the nut sedge under control at my current house. I'm not planing to build till next year on the new lot. So may just hold off till after the house is built to bring in some more dirt, rechop then seed it. Probably just spray everything that pops up this season and if the St. Aug comes back I'll just run with that.


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TigerFan4040
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
Ayee boot. I have a 9 month old yard (centipede sod), got a few clovers poking out, and some dead wirey looking weeds that died in the freeze. Was planning to spread some Scotts Bonus-S this weekend as I can see the centipede starting to grow. Good idea?

I have have never spread anything on this new lawn yet.


NOLAGT
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
My yard to a hard hit this past year. Large patches of brown patch and the freezing weather has it looking pretty bad. Should I scalp it with a bagger mower and de thatch? Seems like a lot of dead blades will do some blocking.


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bootlegger
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re: Paging Bootlegger - It's February, what should a good lawn owner be doing for his yard?
Same broadleaf herbicides can be used for Bermuda, and with less risk of injury. Bermuda has a fine leaf, so broadleaf/2,4-D herbicides don't affect it much at all.
WeedFreeZone, Trimec, speedzone.


Not really sure what is even in Bonus S. Use one of the chemicals listed above,or atrazine, for clover.

Scalping and bagging before spring greenup is a good option.



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