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How To Kill Weeds Naturally

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Most spring weed prevention tips will tell you to invest in a powerful weed killer and to remove any dandelions before they go to seed—and this is sound advice. However, in order to make the kind of change that will last, it’s important to start good, healthy lawn habits that will carry you through every season.   How to Prevent Dandelion Growth The best thing you can do to prevent…

Common Lawn Weeds

Common Lawn Weeds

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Here are the most common weeds and recommendations to eliminate. Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) Frequently found in compacted, infertile soils, this light green, low-growing grassy annual prefers cool-season growth, but can be found all year.  A sudden brown-out of the lawn in the heat of summer, or prolific seed production in spring, signals its presence.  When seeds appear, rake the grass upright, then mow, and bag the clippings. Crabgrass (Digitaria…

The Nitty-Gritty of Weed Removal

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Prevention through appropriate cultural methods, (cutting at the right height, fertilizing and proper drainage) is your first line of defense against weeds, but eventually there comes a time when you need to roll up your sleeves and get after them.  On small areas, the old-fashioned approach is the best—pulling out by hand. Hand weeding may take a little bit longer than using selective herbicides, but it is a lot better…

Identifying Clues

Identifying Weed Species

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To control weeds, you first need to identify the various types of weeds growing in your turf.  Weeds are either narrow-leaved and grass-like, or broad-leaved.  You also need to know the life cycles of these weeds so you can effectively time your control measures. Annual weeds are the most common, living for one growing season and reproducing only from seed. Annuals are controlled by disrupting their growth any time before…

Insecticidal Soap

Some Least-Toxic Herbicides

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Herbicidal Soap Herbicidal Soap is made from potassium salts of fatty acids derived from naturally occurring plant oils and animal fats.  Contact with herbicidal soap damages plant cell walls, causing dehydration and tissue death.  Soaps are broad-spectrum, non-selective, and work best on seedlings.  Deep-rooted weeds and perennials will require repeat applications.  Soaps break down completely within 48 hours and carry the EPA rating: IV. CAUTION.  There is also an herbicidal soap…

Herbicides

Herbicides

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When looking at large areas of lawn contaminated by weeds, most people consider resorting to herbicides.  In fact, it is difficult to go to a local garden supply store without seeing shelves of products all promising to rid your lawn of weed problems quickly.  Unfortunately, herbicides toxic to your weeds are often hazardous to you and other living things.  Certain components of herbicides (i.e. 2,4-D and arsenic) are under scrutiny…