Kill the Lawn in Early August
Spray Eraser, a non selective herbicide, over the entire lawn and weeds, using manufactures recommended mixing rates. Being careful to keep overspray off desirable shrubs, leaves and flowers. After extended drought periods, it is recommended to water your lawn 2-3 times the week prior to applying Eraser. This will help bring the grass & weeds out of dormancy helping the plant to absorb more herbicide for a better kill.
Remove Heavy Clippings and Debris
Wait 7-10 days, rake or mow (with grass catcher) to remove heavy clippings and debris.
Aerate and Verticut the Lawn
After removing debris, verticut and/or core aerate the turf area. Verticutting slices or grooves the soil creating the best seed-to-soil contact. Core aerating will help relieve soil compaction and eliminate thatch. (Prepare your soil with adequate watering 2-3 days in advance. Soil should be moist, not soggy wet.)
Amend the Soil and Level the Ground
This is the best time to apply gypsum for soil conditioning. Lawn Cal gypsum is beneficial for areas containing heavy sodium concentrates from road salts, ice melters and dog urine. Lawn Cal gypsum will also help to breakdown heavy clay to improve drainage. This is a great time to do any leveling of the lawn. Add top soil to any areas of the lawn that area low, paying attention to drainage. Do not cover any exposed roots of trees, as this can damage the tree.
Spread the Grass Seed
Apply your favorite Grass Pad grass seed at the recommended rate. Use a rotary broadcast or hand cranked spreader for best seed distribution. Pay special attention to any bare spots, making sure to apply extra seed to these areas.
Feed the Lawn
Cover the Bare Spots
Cover bare areas with a light top dressing of weed free PrimeraFC seed dressing. DO NOT USE STRAW, TOPSOIL, or COMPOSTED PEATS containing weed seeds from the fields they were taken from and using them will result in growing undesired weeds in your yard that will be difficult to remove later.
Water the New Grass
Water lightly so the soil surface is moist. Continue watering daily so the soil does not become hard or baked. On warm, windy days, this might require watering several times a day. As grass starts to germinate and fill in, reduce the watering frequency, but increase the amount of water with each irrigation. Deep watering as the grass matures will train the roots to grow deep.
When to Mow the New Grass
When the seedlings reach a height of 3 to 4 inches, mow to a height of 3 inches with a sharp mower at a time when the grass is not wet. Mowing your new grass at a height of 3 inches helps the roots to develop, leading to healthier, hardier grass.
After four weeks, re-apply Loveland Golf Course Starter or Renovator.
Four weeks later, apply Loveland Snowman, winter root builder.