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Old 2017-07-30, 08:41 AM
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Default Getting rid of weeds before putting down topsoil and re-seeding

Hi folks, I got rid of the old sod and weeds a few weeks ago and was planning to put down topsoil then re-seed but a few things happened in the family so I did not have a chance to tackle it again until now.

There has been quite a bit of weeds growing back up again (see pic). What's the best and fastest way to get rid of them before I put down the topsoil? Manual or should I call one of those companies like TruGreen or Weedman and they can come in to spray some stuff?

The forecast is calling for steady rain in Ottawa starting on Wed so I would like to get this done before then, if possible. Thanks.


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Old 2017-07-30, 01:26 PM
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You could spot spray them with roundup or similar.
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Old 2017-07-30, 02:09 PM
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+1 for roundup. Kills weeds quickly
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Old 2017-07-30, 06:44 PM
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If you have a hand held cultivator, you can give it a pass over to loosen the weeds and then rake the weeds in.
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IMO Roundup is the way to go.
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Old 2017-07-31, 10:35 AM
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Just a few things. First, I'm not sure how well your new seeds will like the roundup. You could end up with them not germinating because of it. Or germinating and then dying off. I think that usually if you use something like roundup there is a certain time that should go by before seeding. Check it out before using it. It may only require a few days but the longer the better.

Next, I would expect that even your new topsoil will have weeds in it that you will have to get rid of later on. I have gotten topsoil from a number of places over the past few years and they all contained quite a few weeds.

Last, this isn't really the best time to be seeding. While we do seem to be getting a lot of rain recently historically this is one of the worst times of year to seed. It could still get quite dry (I'm still keeping my fingers crossed) and even if it does rain, rain this time of year tends to be quite heavy when it comes and it can end up causing your seeds to migrate around. If you can hold off a month or so it would be a better time to seed.
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Old 2017-07-31, 10:43 AM
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One last thing. If the surface of what you currently have is quite hard then I would try to loosen it up a bit before putting down your topsoil (which could also help you remove the weeds). When you leave a hard surface and lay down topsoil the grass roots tend to go down to the hard level and then have trouble penetrating so you end up with shallow roots which will make it tougher to keep your grass healthy.
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Roundone...I should try that next time I need a weed killer. In our old house I had used weedBgone, didn't do anything
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Ok but you cant use roundup on an established lawn - it kills everything.
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Ok but you cant use roundup on an established lawn - it kills everything.

thanks for this good2know, it never occurred to me.
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