Getting rid of sporadic weeds on my lawn.

How do i get rid of weeds that are sporadically on my yard. Roundup and Ortho would kill the grass also which is what i don't want. Which are reliable ones that don't kill the grass also? Also, do they come in granuled or seed type weed killer as opposed to liquid ones. I need to get rid of these weeds. I tried Scott's Bonus S and it doesn't seem to work. Also, i think it created some weird looking plant growing out of the ground looking like a leaf. Thanks
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How do i get rid of weeds that are sporadically on my yard. Roundup and Ortho would kill the grass also which is what i don't want. Which are reliable ones that don't kill the grass also? Also, do they come in granuled or seed type weed killer as opposed to liquid ones. I need to get rid of these weeds. I tried Scott's Bonus S and it doesn't seem to work. Also, i think it created some weird looking plant growing out of the ground looking like a leaf. Thanks
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If the lawn is lush and full, it's really just best to pull them manually. Annuals and shallow-rooted weeds in general are easy to pick up. For deeprooted weeds like dandelions and wild onion I use a small flat-bladed digging spade, spade in right next to the weed, loosen the soil enough to slip the weed out with taproot intact, and then gently tamp everything back into place. You'll note when pulling wild onion that very thin offshoot bulbules will come up this way along with the main bulb if you have a light touch.
If the lawn is thinly established and bare, then using a selective herbicide will only excacerbate the weed problem, as the new swaths of bare ground you create by weed killing will allow dormant weed seeds to spring up or germinate as they're blown in from your neighbors.
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com says... :) How do i get rid of weeds that are sporadically on my yard. Roundup and :) Ortho would kill the grass also which is what i don't want. Which are :) reliable ones that don't kill the grass also? Also, do they come in :) granuled or seed type weed killer as opposed to liquid ones. I need to :) get rid of these weeds. I tried Scott's Bonus S and it doesn't seem to :) work. Also, i think it created some weird looking plant growing out of :) the ground looking like a leaf. Thanks :) :) For the sporadic crab grass and dandelions I use a pitching wedge. Probably just as quick for you with a tool to pluck em up.
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There are a number of very precise weed removal tools that are designed to work on lawns and also have long handles to save your back. For deep tap roots, like those of the dandelion, you need a tool like a weed twister. There are several weed twisters on the market with different designs and made by different manufacturers. The most efficient weed twister is the one made by Ergonica.
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If you want to use spray, I recommend one of the weed killer concentrates that doesn't harm the lawn. There are several out there. I've had best results using the concentrate with a sprayer. I don't recommend the granules uless it's pre-emergent.
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We can hand pull them out if our lawn is very small and the number of weeds are few.
We can use a hand pump sprayer to spray selective herbicide that kills weeds but not the lawn grass if our lawn is not that small and the number of weeds are still few.
We can use a hose-end sprayer to spray selective herbicide if our lawn is not that small and the weeds are many.
The decision of which method to use is influented by the limited amount of time we can spend on weeding. Hand pulling weeds is fine for a small area and a few weeds. But we just cannot hand pull weeds when there are a large number of them. For the same token, pump spraying selective herbicide is fine for a small number of weeds; but this is still too time consuming if the area of the lawn has many weeds; in that case, we may need to use a hose-end sprayer.
I use the combination of the methods mentioned above to take care of weeds in my not so small lawn: - When I walk around my yard enjoying the view, I occasionally stop and pull some weeds out, especially in area very close to plants that I want to keep because I am afraid that spraying selective herbicide near those plants may kill them by mistake. - In one area where there is a lot of weeds, I use a hose-end sprayer to cover a large area in a short time. - In most areas in my lawn, I use a hand pump sprayer to take care of the weeds.
At the end of the warm season and if we still see some weeds here and there, we can just leave them alone. They probably will die out when the cold weather come assuming that we are in cold climate.
The best way is to help the lawn along to make them growing thick to crowd out the weeds. But this doesn't work that well for me (the soil is not that great in an area where there is a lot of weeds); therefore, I am very hesistate to suggest this. I would prefer other people to give you this suggestion with their success stories. Hope you have a better luck with the "growing thick lawn to crowd out weeds" approach.
Jay Chan
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