Lawn renovation protocol


Not happy with your lawn and want/ to replace it?

The following protocol has stood the test of time and delivered the best results.

It does take more time and is more expensive but the end result is well worth it.

We recommend the following steps of action:

Spray existing grass and weeds.
Apply glyphosate at high rate to actively growing lawn according to the label.
This step must be taken or old weed grasses may recover and spoil your new lawn!
Wolbert’s can do this step.
Wait 7-10 days, the lawn will turn yellow or brown.
Reapply glyphosate on skipped (green) areas as needed.
Strip the old sod off to a depth of 2” with a sod cutter and hual away.
Rototill the surface to a depth of 4-8” to incorporate any remaining grass and roots into the soil.
Have a pH test done on the soil and apply lime as needed.
Wolbert’s can do this step.
If soil is imported, till 2” into the existing soil to break the interface between the soil types. This will help with percolation of water and fertilizer into the soil profile.
Add any additional imported soil to the surface and prepare the grade.
The grade should be compacted with a lawn roller so that footprints are no deeper than 1/2”.
Now here’s the hardest part, wait 2-4 weeks for any re-emerging grasses to grow and apply a second and final glyphosate spray. Hardly anyone ever wants to consider this step, but it is critical to the long term preservation of the desireable grasses. If any step is skipped the chance for invasion of weed grasses goes up. The following picture taken 30 days after all the steps above were taken of a major lawn renovation from native weed grasses to new Country Green sod.
Install seed or sod and follow initial watering instructions.
Adjust the irrigation schedule as needed as the lawn matures.
Wolbert’s has watering recommendations for continued good performance.
Pre-emergence herbicides should be applied periodically to minimize the risk of weed grass seeds germinating in the future.
Wolbert’s offers these treatments as well as annual bio-fertlizer programs to provide correct nutrients, biological, and pest
management needs.
Any equipment used that has been used on a site before yours, should be washed clean of any grass parts and clippings before they are used on your new lawn. There are contractors in this area that know this protocol and will follow if it. A short consultation visit would be wise if the above protocol is to be followed. Please call us for more information.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article,
Neal Wolbert
360.239.3126 cell