My lawn is a major mess. I live in Central FL and the grass type is bahia.
The front yard isn't too bad but it has lots of patches of what I believe is
crabgrass and TONS of dollarweed.
The backyard is another story. over 1/3 of it is pretty much all weeds.
Crabgrass (again, I think) and various other entities that are definitily
weeds . There is probably now live bahia in this entire 1/3 area.
Now I realize this is a garden newsgroup but I'm not into gardens/gardening.
I'm looking for advice on how to handle this. Can I effectievly kill the
weeds in the frnt yard and get it fully healthy?
Can I do anything to slavage the backyard portion that is bad, or do I need
to till it all up and start over?
When I bought my house in Virginia, my yard was predominantly weeds. We
contracted with Lawn Doctor. They came in the fall and on 2 separate
occasions gave our lawn the Round-Up treatment. Then they came and seeded
over the dead stuff. We stayed with them for a year and they came and took
care of our lawn on regular intervals (6 times that year). That first year,
we had a beautiful, green lawn with few weeds. The only thing I regret is
not having tilled the yard before they seeded. Our soil tends to be
compacted. I thought they were going to till after they killed off the
weeds, but they did not.
The point to my story? Live with the weeds now because I think it's too
late to start. My understanding is that it's best to try to establish a new
lawn in the fall when the weeds start to die off. My suggestion would be to
give the whole back yard the Round-Up treatment, then when everything is
brown, you may want to till just to loosen the soil. Then seed and use a
Everything I've read indicates that a healthy, thick lawn prevents weeds
from taking over. I've witnessed it in some neighboring lawns. Use a weed
& feed on the front lawn in the spring. It may be too late for you now but
it's still worth a try, in my opinion.
Hope this helped.
I hope you realize that everything you have written, while technically
correct, is not politically correct. Within 24 hours you will hear from
paghat, gardengal and many other pseudo-environmentalists who will
chastise, castigate, flame and otherwise smear your good name. Good luck.
Why not just have a variegated lawn like I have? Now I've got some tiny
lavender flowers on a tall stem, balloon flowers, the oxalis is beginning to
flower and of course the dandelions! (which the tortoise loves to eat!)
"...........Why not just have a variegated lawn like I have? Now I've got
some tiny lavender flowers on a tall stem, balloon flowers, the oxalis is
beginning to flower and of course the dandelions! (which the tortoise loves
to eat!) ........."
This sounds to me like a "Wild garden" or a "Meadow lawn"
in the UK when we talk about variegation in the garden we usually are
referring to plants with Leaves which are marked with multiple colours.
See this link.... http://www.glasshouseworks.com/gallery3.html
It's worth looking at just for itself.
Raising a great lawn is a simple matter, you just water adequately to
make green stuff grow, then cut it. Repeat, repeat, repeat! If you
are willing to accept a bahaia lawn it will outgrow any weeds I've
ever seen with water and frequent mowing.
If you are unhappy with bahaia, bahaia is tough, grows better than
weeds and produces seed shoots in three days. One time kill isn't
going to rid you of it because some of the seed will wait a year or
two before sprouting and it will come back. There used to be a
product called Poast, not sure it is still available, but it would
kill Bahaia and not kill centipede. Ask your County agent if Poast
or a similar herbicide is available for the grass of your choice and
where to get it. It isn't cheap, but few things are these days. It
also requires a bit of dedication. One must water first then spray
the chemical while the Bahaia is growing fast, refrain from mowing and
pray it doesn't rain for the required time it takes for the bahaia to
absorb the chemical.
If you are serious you will probably need more help and should be able
to find some from the County Agent:
Watering is something that hasn't been done frequently from the previous
owners (I've only been in the house since Sept, and it's my first
spring/summer). The sprinkler system wasn't used but I repaired it and it
is useable now.
If I water the lawn 2x a week and cut it weekly, the bahia should kill all
the weeds that I have?
Some things I've read consider bahaia a week. My lawn guy said he'd keep it
and not try to switch to Floratam St. Augustine (most commong in FL). I
have 1/3 of an acre (less house) and I'm not sure what killing the entire
lawn and sodding it would cost. Probably a lot.
I know I have crabgrass and dollarweed. I have another type of weed (I
think its a weed) but don't know what it is. It looks like really nice
grass... if my entire lawn was made of it. Any idea what it is?
It just grows in round circle like tht, spotted throughout the lawn.
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