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Effective Weed Control for a Beautiful Lawn

December 20, 2006 by  
Filed under Lawn & Garden

Garden Weed - photo by Jessa CarlsonWeed control is the most common annoyance homeowners have to put up and live with when it comes to lawn care and maintenance. However, this does not have to be the case. Weeds need not be a source of continuing frustration if you know what to do.

Good weed control starts with proper lawn care and maintenance. Make sure to you mow, fertilize and water your lawn regularly to minimize weed competition and know how to treat weed pockets by following these easy-to-do procedures:

1. Never pull out weeds, always remove them by hand after digging underneath the weed; make sure you pull pout the entire root.

2. Cover the crown of the weed with ordinary table salt and repeat as necessary until the weed is dead then remove the dead weed from the lawn.

3. Pour boiling hot over the weed, taking care not to injure surrounding grass. Repeat after a 2 days if necessary.

Common Weed Treatment and Control

  • Chickweed, Mouse-Ear – These weeds are difficult to pull; the entire roots system must be pulled with the plant otherwise it will grow back again. Application of a post-emergent herbicide or weed killer is the best method of control.

  • Crabgrass – Proper lawn care and maintenance is enough to control crabgrass; application of pre-emergent herbicide may be necessary in early spring.

  • Curly Dock – Small infestations can be done simply by digging out the plant and removing the entire root system which grows from 12 to 24 inches in length. The use of post-emergent herbicide provides best results.

  • Dandelion – The best way to control dandelions is to use a post-emergent herbicide. If they are few and scattered, you can opt for spot treatment of weed killer; keep in mind that if you pull out the roots, be sure to pull out everything because they can rejuvenate even from partial roots!

  • Lambs-Quarters – Low mowing of your lawn can take prevent infestation of this type of grass; they are easy to pull out but if they are so many, you can opt for a post-emergent herbicide treatment.

  • Plantain – If Plantain infestation is few and scattered you can simply dig out the individual plants when the soil is moist; however, if the infestation covers a large area of your lawn, application of a post-emergent herbicide in early spring or fall is necessary.

  • Quack Grass/Couch Grass – This is a perennial weed and cannot be eradicated without killing the lawn grass as well. Eradication of this weed requires that a minimum of 3 weeks be allowed before reseeding your lawn.

  • Shepherd’s Purse – Simply pull out when the soil is moist or use a post-emergent herbicide if the infestation covers a large part of your lawn.

  • Thistle – Use a knife to cut below ground level and remove the crown from the roots. Application of a post-emergent herbicide may be necessary for large area infestations.

  • Yarrow – This perennial grass spreads by its seeds, underground root systems and its stems. Control of this grass requires two applications of post-emergent herbicide in early spring and summer.

Although total grass eradication is unachievable, proper care and lawn maintenance and use of the correct post-emergent and pre-emergent herbicide can be of great help in keeping weeds under control. The best time to apply weed killers and pre- and post-emergent herbicides are after 2 days of dry weather during spring. Effective weed control works best during spring weeds must be actively growing for control.


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  1. Eric says:


    Thank you for your great post, i am always looking to improve my home for my familiy, and your post have given me some insperation, thank you very much …

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