Fairy Ring Lawn Care Problems



As the owner of a lawn care company my partner and myself are often asked many questions concerning lawns. One of the most often asked questions are "how can I control quackgrass?" Quackgrass is one of the toughest weeds within a homeowners lawn to control. Quackgrass is a perennial and as winter approaches it dies back to the rhizomes and is one of the first to appear in the springtime. The rhizomes or underground stems are what the plant utilizes to produce new grass plants. Because of it's aggressive nature and it's ability to produce a great many rhizomes it can quickly take over a lawn. The majority of lawn care companies in our area use a selective, post emergent herbicide to control broadleaf weeds in homeowners lawns. Because quackgrass is a grassy weed it is unaffected by these applications. To control quackgrass a "non selective" herbicide such as Round-up must be used. Any herbicide containing glyphosate will work. The problem with using these herbicides is that they are NON-SELECTIVE meaning all growth with chlorophyll in it will die once it comes in contact with the herbicide. We cannot stress this fact strongly enough If you are determined to use a herbicide with glyphosate to control quackgrass you MUST BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL not to come in contact with any growth other than the quackgrass. If you apply Roundup to the entire lawn to control the quackgrass, your entire lawn will DIE. If the affected area is small you may be able to paint the individual quackgrass blades with Roundup. Do not use a spray bottle that can run the risk of drifting onto the surrounding vegetation. Ensure you follow all the instructions supplied by the manufacturer. If the area affected is large your best bet is to aerate and overseed the area. Eventually the lawn will choke out the quackgrass.


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