Ditto. Conscientious care of your lawn - I personally follow the Scotts
plan - will take care of the problem. The method of squirting each plant is
great if you have only a few; if your lawn looks like our neighbor's lawn,
nothing short of an atomic weapon will do it.
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I prefer to spray each plant because it doesn't use nearly as many
pounds of herbicide per acre as using "weed 'n' feed" granules or a
hose-on sprayer. If my lawn was huge, or if it looked like your
neighbor's lawn, I would use one of my pump-up sprayers instead of a
I agree that it is better to target the problem than to use indiscriminate
scorched-earth techniques. My yard is not the smallest, but I use a squirt
bottle rather than a pump sprayer because it prevents me from killing the
grass by using too much. This is a good middle ground between those who
won't use any synthetic chemicals ever, and those who advocate the same
methods Saddam used against the Kurds.
I use a spray bottle and 2,4-d herbicide. Walk around the yard and
squirt each thistle and dandelion in the spring (prefereably when they
first come up) and that's usually good for the entire year.
What is "2,4-d herbicide" ?
Can you recomend a brand name?
I've thrown down one application of weed-n-feed. Am hesitant
to do another since it has only been one week. I've been hand-weeding
for a few days now. Seems like there are more weeds now than when
I'd bet my lawn needs more health, perhaps a higher mower setting.
And I think it needs more seeds. I have some bare spots from not
watering enough last year.
thanks for the replies.
2,4-d is one of the nastier herbicides. In fact I thought it had
Read some of the other posts. The best way to get rid of weeds is
to get control of your lawn - get the weeds out by hand and keep
them out with regular mowing and hand-weeding. I've had better
results with this than with any chemicals.
It was 2,4,5-T (aka "Agent Orange") that was banned. 2,4-D has not been
shown to be dangerous. However, the solid form is inefficient because the
weeds must aborb the herbicide through their leaves. So, you have to wet
the lawn with a hose, apply the Weed-'n-Feed, and then hope it doesn't rain
for a few days. I use the Bonide liquid mix in a garden pump sprayer. This
allows targeted application of a liquid form minimizes amount used.
That being said, there are few things on this Earth as satifying as using
the Weed Popper.
Are you speaking of this:
If the second item, how much of my grass will it rip up
around the weed site?
I've been using the first item with some success, but with
as many weeds as I have it sure seems tedious!
A better method is to apply the weed-n-feed first thing in the morning
while there is dew on the grass (IIRC, most brands recommend this on the
label). The dew wets the leaves of the weeds more thoroughly than
watering, and maximizes the amount of herbicide that 'sticks' to the
George Wenzel, B.A. (Criminology)
Weed-B-Gone is one, but it's also in (for example) Ace-branded weed
products. Check the label.
There's a contingent here who really dump on the weed-n-feed approach. I
don't think it's out of place for someone who is trying to get a problem
under control. Your lawn probably needs both fertilizer AND weed control
if you have a problem this bad, and some of both is better than nothing.
As you get more in tune with your lawn you can refine your methods.
In any case, ONE WEEK is far too soon to expect results. The "weed" part
you put down will suppress new growth and small plants but will have
little effect on the maturing dandelions ready to sprout their glorious
yellow flowers (the pests). You'll still need to go around pulling those
(by the roots, but you know that), or at least using a spot sprayer. It
will also prevent the seeds from germinating in high numbers, over time.
If you followed the instructions on the package, likely you used about
half of what you need and will apply again in 30 days' time, which will
be a sucker punch for whatever got through the first application.
Don't expect miracle results this year. You're merely getting the
problem under control. Next year, you'll see many fewer dandelions and
healthier grass, and you may be able to deal with it with a spot spray
or pulling approach. If it's still pretty daunting go with another round
of weed'n'feed. It may take two to five years of diligent maintenance to
get rid of every last dandelion, though! Think long-term.
Almost any lawn can be improved. Weeds will be a smaller problem in
healthy lawns. It's often said that the biggest problem is people just
mowing too short. Two inches should probably be a MINIMUM, because lower
cutting just damages the grass and cuts off too much of the fresh
growth. (Different varieties of grass have different comfort heights,
too.) Taller grass lets less light get to the weeds, too, and the
cuttings (if you use a mulcher mower) create a good nitrogen-rich
natural fertilizer at the root level.
Reseeding is best done in the fall, of course, but there's no reason you
can't using a patch approach in spring or early summer. You just have to
really baby those patches -- water twice daily at first, for instance,
and reduce that when you see sprouts to daily, then to every couple of
days (depending on precipitation). Make sure you till in some starter
fertilizer in the larger bare spots before seeding.
Bare spots from not watering probably mean you need a hardier,
sunny-type grass in those areas. A healthy lawn can do just fine most
all summer with minimal watering -- it's called going dormant, and is
the natural summer state of grass. When you vigorously water it early in
the season, though, it comes to expect that all summer and doesn't put
down a deep enough root system. Are you *deep* watering or just sprinkling?
Unless people begin posting their age here, we must assume that they are
young and have missed 40+ years' worth of legislative and research-related
shenanigans on the part of the chemical industry. The result is that nobody
knows ANYTHING decisive or accurate about the effects of chemicals on
humans. I will do ANYTHING to raise questions in peoples' minds about the
safety of what's sold for lawn/garden purposes.
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