your yard is not very big. pull the weeds yourself. it is very easy. the
will not get rid of the weeds once they have established... only kill them.
is not yardwork for nothing. it's good exercse. some or most weeds grow in dry
conditions which means they will die or drown if the ground is kept wet.
third week in August. Then spread an inch of good topsoil, and
reseed, cover with a little straw or peat moss, stand back and
watch it grow. You will be cutting it in three weeks.(keep moist)
The very best time to apply fertilizer is in the fall. Second best is
in late April using one that contains pre-emergent crabgrass control.
I generally do not apply fertilizer in the summer as the combination
of high temps, water and nitrogen can promote disease and fungus and
there is the potential to burn. If the lawn is properly maintained it
will do fine in summer without fertilizer.
Go get a 2 gal tank sprayer and a broadleaf weed killer like Weed B
Gone. Spray the weeds, but not when the weather is expected to be
real hot. I'd probably let the crabgrass go at this point. (Are you
sure it's crabgrass? The crabgrass plants are still small to med size
right now.) The retail products are not great at eliminating it. They
take multiple applications and usually kill grass with it. The best
product which does work is Aclaim, however it is not a retail product.
Whatever crabgrass you have is yours and can only spread to the
neighbor via seeds for next year.
What has your watering practice been? You should only water when it
hasn't rained. The lawn should get 1" every 5-7 days, depending on
temps and soil type. It's better to wait for the signs the lawn needs
water rather than overwater. Shallow frequent watering is the worst.
Get your soil tested. In the fall, you can adjust the PH, fertilize
and reseed where necessary. If the lawn is a real mess and has
undesirable grasses growing, you will be better off killing it and
reseeding. For full sun areas, I'd go with a tall fescue/blue grass
mix, buying the best seed you can find.
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