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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