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Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Fiziksgeek, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Fiziksgeek

    Fiziksgeek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Long time lurker here. Between family and work, I have neglected my lawn for a bit too long and its looking kinda rough. Its obviously very late in the season, but looking forward, I want to set myself up well for next year.

    I am located in CT (06478 to be precise).

    The yard is 1.5 acres, probably 3/4 acre lawn area. Attached are pics of some common weeds/crab grass that I have.

    To get a jump on next year, should I worry about fighting the weeds now..? If so, what is the best weed killer I can use..?

    For fertilizer, I spread some milorganite in the spring and fall. I hope to get around to a soil test in the next couple weeks to see what else I need, like lime etc.

    I'd rather not pay a pro, but am open to the possibility, just don't know how to find someone worthy of my hard earned money.....





  2. Nutsedge

    Nutsedge LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
    Messages: 183

    In my area at least, it cost me the same if not less to have a service come out and fert/treat my lawn than I can do it myself. Plus I dont have to take the time to do it so IMO im coming out quite a bit ahead. You can get free estimates on a lawn fert service or ask your neighbors or friends if they use one.

    But if your just looking for what to do, Scotts has a good site filled with lots of great info.

  3. Fiziksgeek

    Fiziksgeek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Several of my neighbors use the local Lawn Doctor office. Their lawns look great, few if any weeds, god color, etc. But from conversation, I know the Lawn Doctor guy doesnt do soil testing. They are just on a "standard" program. I figure if I were to learn as much as I can about doing it myself, then I'll have the choice to either DIY or hire someone, but I'll have the knowledge to know if I am getting good service from....
  4. Nutsedge

    Nutsedge LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
    Messages: 183

    I let my lawn appearance tell me the job my service provider is doing personally.
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  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    This is the best time of the year to spray broadleaf perennial weeds... the reason for that is, all seasonal plants that need to survive the winter begin to store foodstuffs as the days shorten and the weather cools down...

    Be sure the moisture level of the soil is adequate, the plants are not stressed, but happily growing and they'll suck in that poison like a glass of Kool-aid...

    For the CG,,, just toss some seed on the areas where they freeze off and you'll have their dead bodies as cover to get them going...
  6. 70marlin

    70marlin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    Sure looks a lot like my lawn & story (to much OT & two weddings in three months Son & Daughter)
  7. Fiziksgeek

    Fiziksgeek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Anyone have ID';s for the weeds above?

    1. Crab Grass
    2. Stilt Grass??
    4. A violet of some sort?
    5. Red Wood Sorrel??
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Looks like CG to me and the others look like broadleaf perennials... the recommendations for post emergent control for those weeds are herbicides like 2,4d... if they're perennial, they need to be sprayed... :)
  9. Fiziksgeek

    Fiziksgeek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Isn't proper identification the best way to ensure proper treatment..?
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Broadleaf vs grassy leaf IS your proper identification when using herbicides... some claim that Dicamba is better on Creeping Charlie than 2,4d or mecroprop,,, but generally All 3 are combined together to make the product... :)

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