Pulling and Spraying Weeds

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I’m a big fan of lawns and sometimes that can get me into trouble, but that also means I’m ready for the grass to begin growing. Most of our summer lawns don’t start coming out of dormancy until the end of March or first of April. This is good! It means I can still control some of those winter weeds in my lawn.

It seems like every weekend in February, when I had time to work in the yard, the weather was cold or rainy or both. I haven’t had the chance to get out in my lawn and try to get rid of the few green weeds that are there. I did hand pull the larger weeds like the vetch and the chickweed, but there are a lot of tiny weeds in the yard that I haven’t had the chance to spray. I’m looking for a warm (above 60) Saturday afternoon when I can get out and spray the small weeds before they really start to take over.

To try and keep out some of the early germinating weeds this year, I read an article from Florida, about applying a topdressing (about ¼ inch layer) of compost over an area to keep weeds down and improve the organic matter in the soil. The article said they applied this treatment in March with great success. While I know I may be a little early compared to Florida, I’m going to try this in one section of my yard where the grass seems to be really struggling. I want to see if there is any improvement over last year in this area before I tackle the entire yard.