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Best way to remove 'weeds' from lawn

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by recycledsole, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,273

    i am totally new to this and appreciate any knowledge and advice you will share.
    my client has a lawn that has some weeds growing in with the grass, like violets, creeping charlie, etc... i know i could get in there manually pull them up, could i rake them? also, i could use an herbicide, but how do i apply that without killing the grass theyred mixed in with?

  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    Prepare yourself to be grilled. If you're posting a question like that it is clear you do not have a license. Members on this forum do not appreciate people spraying without a license. You need to contact a local company and sub out. By the way selective herbicides do not kill desired Turf if used appropriately
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  3. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Messages: 315

    Yeah find a good sub. And charge appropriately. If you get caught spraying anything like that commercially (for money/ on property that is not yours) you could be subject to big fines.

    Without seeing the lawn I have no idea exactly what to suggest... Most of my lawns I only have to spot spray... Give your local John Deere landscape supply a call and they will try to find something that might work for you.
  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,273

    thanks, herbicide is the last way i want to go. if i hand pull what i can and plant nice grass there woudlnt it out compete the weeds?
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,723

    Hand pulling is somewhat effective on violets as most herbicides do not work well. Be prepared to see long underground roots and rhizomes--and be prepared to remove same--or violets will resprout. My organic customers got 10 minutes of hand weeding with each fertilizer treatment. Creeping charlie is also tough--but long runners are above ground. Try various knives, hand saws and weed spuds.

    Dense grass is a help in fighting weeds. If you don't go with sod, look for a bluegrass seed that claims in its literature to be dense and weed resistant. The athletic types are a good start. Blackberry for instance.

    Bluegrass is not competitive in a shady situation, you need full sun if you want it thick.
  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,273

    Thanks Riggleplc
    actully the area where weeds are most dominant is shady. i think ill reccomend a bed of flowers there
  7. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Keep in mind that you will need varieties that are adapted to shade like New Guinea Impatiens, Coleus (not really a flower) ect

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