Lawn Renovation (Kill Off/Regrow)

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Our lawn renovation service is recommended for homeowners with unsightly lawns full of weeds and invasive grass who wish to upgrade their lawn area to make it healthy, lush, attractive and especially free of weeds and invasive grass.

Using our detailed, effective, proven approach to lawn renovation, we’ll engineer an efficient and effective transformation of your current lawn.


We use a 99.9% weed free tall fescue blend engineered by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture to thrive in Richmond’s climate.

Schedule an appointment for this Fall

If you’d like to renovate your lawn this Fall, contact us to schedule a convenient time for owner Jeff Cartwright to discuss our lawn renovation process.


July 31 is a deadline we strongly adhere to as a cut off for scheduling this service so that we are able to provide our clients with the best possible results. This allows four weeks to kill off your existing grass, followed by two full months (September and October) to continually seed and maximize your grass growing potential. Once we experience consecutive frosts in the Richmond area, all grass germination ceases for the season.


Learn more about Lawn Renovation:

1: Initial Consultation

1 Provide a free consultation at your residence to discuss the lawn renovation process and survey your property to review current lawn conditions and provide a quote for our lawn renovation service. We’ll determine if drainage issues exist on the property or if you’re interested in installing or updating an irrigation system before we commence seeding. We’ll also provide detailed instructions for preparing your lawn throughout this process.

2: Lawn Preparation

2 In late July or early August, we’ll mow your lawn on the lowest setting, and bag and remove all clippings from your property. This makes it easier for the Roundup penetrate weed and grass roots.

3: Weed/Grass Killing

3 We’ll then proceed with the first of a series of applications of Roundup to kill off the weeds and invasive grass in your yard, which we will repeat weekly for three to four weeks until existing weeds and invasive grass have been killed. We’ll notify you two days prior to each application of Roundup. During this time, it’s imperative that you keep children and pets off the lawn for at least two days after each Roundup application. You’ll also need to stop watering your grass (not your planting beds) as this will significantly delay the lawn kill-off process.

4: Aeration

4 Once we’ve exterminated all weeds and invasive grasses, we will instruct you to heavily water your yard for several days to saturate the dry ground in preparation for aeration. Prior to aerating, all clients with irrigation systems will be provided with marker flags so that you can mark all obstacles in your lawn (e.g. irrigation heads, valve boxes, shallow irrigation pipes, shallow wiring and any other items) that may be damaged during the aeration process. We’ll use an aerator to leave numerous two inch holes throughout your lawn surface, making multiple passes so there is no discernible aerator tine pattern in your lawn, resulting in much more uniform grass growth. We pride ourselves on this very important part of our lawn renovation and lawn restoration service as many (if not all) of our competitors complete only one or two aerator passes, causing lackluster, patchy results with noticeable stand-alone plugs of grass growing in a lawn.

5: Over-Seeding

5 Once a yard has been aerated in accordance with our high standards, we’ll heavily over seed your lawn area using a 99.9% weed-free tall fescue blend seed which is engineered by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture to thrive in Richmond’s climate. We’ll also add lime and fertilizer to your lawn area to jump-start seed germination.

6: Watering

6 From this point forward during the germination process you will need to water your lawn area as instructed by Cartwright Landscaping. Watering your lawn during this process as instructed plays a large part in the success of your renovation. If you do not water as instructed, your lawn renovation results will suffer. When watering, the goal is to keep the ground moist without flooding your lawn. Make certain to avoid pooling of water as evidenced by puddles or excessive run-off with streams of water running through your yard. Puddles cause the seed to move to the puddle edges, resulting in bare spots, and streams will leave lines of bare spots running through your lawn. To achieve the best grass germination results, we recommend watering early in the morning (between 5AM and 7AM) and then again in mid-afternoon (around 2PM or 3PM). The duration of each watering cycle will be determined by the size of your yard or how much water is dispersed from your sprinkler(s) or irrigation system.
Smaller yards require a shorter watering duration while larger yards will require more time. Please pay close attention to the first few times you water to determine an appropriate amount of time for each watering cycle. Please note that seedlings in any shaded areas will take a little longer to germinate and grow. Please also be aware that the more you water, the more saturated the ground will become, which may result in you having to decrease your watering times. You should also refrain from watering the day after a long soaking rainfall. During this stage of the process, you should not cut the grass and minimize all foot traffic across the yard. This is necessary for the new seed to germinate effectively and take root in the soil. Cartwright Landscaping will post stakes and rope as a temporary barrier around your front lawn to keep people off of your grass.

7: Reseeding

7 Throughout the months of September and October, Cartwright Landscaping will go above and beyond to make certain that we maximize your grass growing potential in every way possible. Because we want you to be completely satisfied with your renovation outcome, we’ll re-seed as many times as necessary to get your lawn looking its best. Further, to ensure the best continued germination results, each time we re-seed your yard, we’ll dust your lawn area with a topsoil and organic, nutrient-rich compost mix to ensure the seed has a surface in which it can root, and protect against wind, heavy rains, and from birds. You might ask why we use this mix instead of spreading hay – simply put, hay can germinate in your new lawn resulting in unsightly tall weeds, thus negating the whole process. As Cartwright Landscaping makes every effort to make your lawn look its best it is absolutely imperative that you use a leaf blower to gently and often blow leaves off of your lawn surface while it is being renovated. When leaves cover or become embedded in the new immature grass, photosynthesis stops due to lack of sunlight getting to the new grass, which can damage or kill tender young grass in just a handful of days. If you’d like Cartwright Landscaping to assume responsibility for blowing leaves from your yard during your renovation, please let us know.

8: Mowing

8 As your new lawn begins to grow and fill in, we’ll cut your new lawn at a medium height to enable us to best locate the bare spots that need more seeding and dusting as the renovation process progresses. Once the renovation is complete, likely in early November, Cartwright Landscaping will cut your new lawn for the first time and we line trim all your walks, driveway and planting beds.

9: Ongoing Maintenance

9 Once your renovation is complete, we strongly advise you to take advantage of Cartwright Landscaping’s lawn maintenance program. This service will keep your lawn and landscape looking its very best. And, through our exclusive partnership with Virginia Green Lawn Care, your lawn will remain lush and weed-free year-round.
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