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Desperate and losing the weed wars...

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by DeanE, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. DeanE

    DeanE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    We have killed, and killed and killed the weeds in our back yard. They mock us. Each time they come forth stronger than before. So we cancel the garden party, uninvite the neighbors, reallocate the funds due the lawn and its trimmings to something far less important and neglect the 2000 sf that make up our back yard. We fight each time we venture forth the vast wastland that makes our back yard. We are doomed.
    What can be done? We wish to seed but sod seems our only avenue of respite but lack the funds.
    We can make things grow! If you doubt this our house is between 26th and MLK on Ivy in Denver Colorado, You can't miss it. How do we beat those damn weeds??!?!?!?!??!?
    Help before we start parking cars 'cross the back yard. :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    I understand your frustration. It can be very depressing to fight a losing battle. But all you have told us is about your frustration. We Know nothing of what kind of weeds you have even the turf grass species that you are dealing with. Whether you have Irrigation becomes a factor as well as the history of what you have applied to the yard in the way of Fertilization and Herbicides.

    My suggestion is to hire a professional Lawn spray company and let them Manage your yard down to the height you mow at, to the timing of your irrigation. This not the best time of the year to expect results as the nights are cooler and the days are shorter, old man winter is fast approaching. However there are some things that should be done now that are important to spring Green up and good root development. You are dealing with a living thing and it takes time even for a professional to get your yard right.

    Good Luck
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I suggest a lawn alternative.A native weed garden!They can look cool if done right,and interplanted with native shrubs and ornamental grasses.
  4. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Biggest thing I see around here with native planting areas, is people do that, they let it go to native plants.

    It's just like another planting area, it has to be maintained, however since people think it's native stuff, they just let everything grow.
  5. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Into the breach, dear friend. Seal the holes with the English dead! Quote I heard somewhere.
    First off, what kind of lawn is it? Fescue? Bermuda? St. Augustine?
    Secondly, does it have to be perfect?
    Thirdly, what are you calling weeds? Dandelions of course, are weeds but things like dichondra, corsican mint, isotoma can add texture and wonderful fragrances to the lawn. I have a customer that has clover and oxalis in her lawn and won't let us kill it because she loves the flowers. My grandmother has alyssum ALL OVER her lawn and she too, loves the flowers. I even got her the gold and purple varieties to add a bit more colour. I understand that we all want our lawns to look great, but sometimes conditions won't allow it. If there is a vacant field near you then everytime the wind blows you will have weeds. If your neighbor doesn't kill his weeds then you, too, shall have weeds. Keep them under control but don't let them ruin your day. Weeds happen!!
  6. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    Pre-emergent herbicides are needed at various time of year to help prevent weeds. Spraying existing weeds only temporarily solves the problem, you need to be on a good overall program.

    What little I know about Colorado, you should be considering either Kentucky Bluegrass or Buffalograss for your lawn.

    Hire a pro to spray the existing lawn with Roundup and sod the area. My guess is that you are too late in the season to plant seed. However everything you need to know can be found at CSU Turf
  7. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Seeding the lawn is one twentieth the cost of sod and the preparation is the same. To get rid of ALL the weeds (for a while) you must kill the seeds in the top layer of the soil. Solarization is very effective but takes time. This is covering the whole area with black plastic during the summer months to sterilize the soil. The other method is to spray Roundup over everything, let it die, then water it until the seeds sprout and spray them. If you do this four times, you can eliminate up to 85% of all the seeds in the lawn. Do it AFTER you've graded though or you might bring more dormant seeds to the surface. Most of all, HAVE FUN. Gardening is something to be enjoyed.
  8. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    It is certainly not too late to plant seed in the Mile High City. The problem is as the above posts say, not enough info about the types of weeds you are dealing with, whether or not you have been using irrigation, the type of grass, shade, compaction, mowing height, etc. etc. Everything has to have a balance in order to succeed Dean, if anything is out, you will be fighting forever. Turf, when given the right conditions, can easily out compete ALL weeds, but only time and diligence can get you to that point. It's not about throwing money at it or becoming a slave to it, in fact, most fine commercial properties have no eyes on them more than once a week, utilizing systems and strong management practices to achieve desired results with a minimum of labor. This is an attainable goal for the homeowner as well, once you get a grip on the rules and stay to them. You may call a local company or you may continue to search for more info. This site is loaded with many answers and knowledgeable individuals that can walk you through, if you so choose.
  9. Mscotrid

    Mscotrid LawnSite Bronze Member
    from USA
    Messages: 1,456

    Start by getting a soil test completed. Many weeds favor acidic soil. By reviewing the test results you should be able to implement a program to get your yard up to the standards you desire.
  10. DeanE

    DeanE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I believe the main culprit is Parslane (sp?). It had migrated to the front yard and we spent the summer pulling it as it grew. Now it seems to be under control. The other is a large stalk, up-wards of three feet if its let grow. It has purple stripes up the main trunk.
    We seeded part of the front with a special mix our local gardening store, Ekters, put together. It is lush and only needs watering once a week or so. I do use Miracle grow on it once every couple of weeks. Yes, ours is the best lawn on the block thank-you-very-much. Our front yard as a whole is the best in the neighborhood.
    We hope to save money so we have backed off calling a pro in. I did landscaping for a couple of summers (who hasn't) and have some knowledge but these weeds... It is truly depressing.
    I guess I'm looking for a magic bullet, something that will get rid of the weeds so we may till in some amendments and seed. We would prefer seeding.
    Thanks for all your help,

    PS Sorry for that crappy first post. What a blowhard.

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