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Step 3: Amend the Soil

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This is your best opportunity to add amendments such as fertilizer, organic matter, and lime or sulfur.  Use a soil test to determine the best amendments for your particular soil. The best way to test your soil is to send a sample to a Cooperative Extension Service (CSREES), which is usually located at or affiliated with a state university, or to a commercial soil tester.    

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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…

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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…

White Clover - not all weeds are bad

Not All Weeds are Bad

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Weeds are survivors designed to live in conditions that do not favor most other plants.  However, a “weed” is not always bad.  White clover, once considered a fashionable lawn plant, was re-classified as a weed because it did not look like grass.  White clover is pleasant to look at; it increases the nitrogen content of soils and helps to break up compaction.  Today, as homeowners reconsider their definition of lawn…