When is it safe to rake out after dormancy and disease....

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When is it safe to rake out after dormancy and disease....

Post by northeastlawn » September 13th, 2019, 10:23 am

I am starting to see the struggling parts of my KBG starting to come back. Its starting to grow again and I see new shoots coming up.

I put a pre-m down in August, I was going to put my third and last pre-m down some time in mid Sept or 1st week of October.

I have a lot of brown and yellow grass and a bunch of what I think is dead Poa Anuua. I was thinking of raking it up and applying my pre-M, but wasn't sure if doing so would harm the KBG coming out of dormancy.

Is it safe to give the lawn a good raking or should I wait until the lawn looks like it is growing well again?

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Re: When is it safe to rake out after dormancy and disease....

Post by TimmyG » September 13th, 2019, 11:15 am

Why rake and lose the free OM? Is the aesthetic not pleasing? It's temporary.

The dead grass won't hinder the pre-M application or the waking of the KBG. And think of the time saved.

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Re: When is it safe to rake out after dormancy and disease....

Post by northeastlawn » September 13th, 2019, 1:00 pm

i wasn’t sure if the dead grass keeps the KBG from spreading. Also the POA Annua that’s brown and dead looking now might comes back on the spring.

I have had brown dead looking POA Annnua come back on after tenacity a few times now.

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Re: When is it safe to rake out after dormancy and disease....

Post by TimmyG » September 13th, 2019, 4:31 pm

Raking isn't going to remove Poa annua crowns that may still be alive.

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Re: When is it safe to rake out after dormancy and disease....

Post by northeastlawn » September 13th, 2019, 5:23 pm

[quote=TimmyG post_id=336987 time=1568406672 user_id=1966]
Raking isn't going to remove [i]Poa annua[/i] crowns that may still be alive.[/quote]

Well that settles that, I guess I just have to wait until next springs yearly battle.

Hopefully stretching out the watering killed a bunch of it off this year; not sure if it was worth it, but I guess Ill see next spring when the seed heads pop up.

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