February 25, 2011,
G.S. asks from Stratton, CO on April 23, 2009
Hi Moms,My questions is, I am trying to save money by not hiring someone to spray our lawn this year. I want to try to do it ourselves. My question is does anyone have any good ideas for weed control. I have some dandelions coming up and I tried to spray them but I can't keep up. Does anyone have any good ideas for a all-over spray? Any ideas would be very helpful and appreciated.
C.H. answers from Denver on April 24, 2009
I have a half-acre property. The only weed control I've ever use is walking around with a little garden tool and easily digging them out by the roots. There are never very many because I do this about once every week or two. Sometimes there are none or one or two. It's easy to control this problem, unless you're starting off with a disasterous amount of weeds.
M.H. answers from Boise on April 24, 2009
get 2,4-D. You can find it at nurserys and feed stores. It is what farmers use and it is wonderful
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C.P. answers from Provo on April 23, 2009
My daughter works at a plant nursery and she is going into botany next year and she says that pre-emergent will help with keep dandelions from coming back after you get them killed. The kind at her work is called Preen. There is spray dandelion killer from Scott's that works good.
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K.D. answers from Salt Lake City on April 24, 2009
I actually work for the Scotts company. The best thing for you to do at this point is to use Scotts weed and feed plus 2 (other products will burn your lawn, don't be tempted by the slightly lower price). It is a yellow bag and is used for weeds that are actively growing right now. One lady suggested using a pre-emergent which is the best way to get rid of them but it is too late in the season for that now. The pre-emergent (also know as Scotts Turf Builder with Halts) needs to be applied when the soil temperature is 55 degrees. It is over that now and will not do a bit of good until very early next spring. For this year you are going to have to treat the ones that come up. If you prefer a spray there is a plus 2 spray as well. Just make sure you read the bag or bottle before applying it. You are supposed to apply it when the ground is wet and then not water or cut it for 2 days (also rain will wash it away so don't do it if rain is in the forecast for 2 days following the application). This Saturday from 12-5 there will be a Scott's rep in every Home Depot in Utah. You could go in there and they could show you exactly what you need as well as answer any other questions you may have about your lawn.
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S.R. answers from Norfolk on February 25, 2011
Hi there ... I'm am in same situation as your and wondering what was your plan of action. If you could share it will be very helpful to me. thanks in Advance.
D.L. answers from Billings on April 24, 2009
Dandelions are edible. In fact, they're raised as commercial crops around the world.
I've not worked up the nerve to eat the dandelion leaves yet. Later this spring, though, the kids & I are going to make some fritters for a fun project. And I've wanted to try making dandelion wine or dandelion mead for decades, ever since reading the story by Ray Bradbury. Summer in a bottle, who wouldn't want to at least experiment? I think I can save just the yellow petal bits in the freezer, and then in the fall when the raspberries ripen I could make a dandelion-raspberry mead.
But we quit using poisons a few years ago, so our "weeds" are safe to eat. I wouldn't recommend that people eat dandelions from lawns that have been sprayed.
S.S. answers from Denver on April 23, 2009
I've got no idea about what spray to use, but I recommend bagging the grass when you cut it. It helps to keep the seeds from the weeds from falling back onto the lawn.
Have a GREAT day!
T.H. answers from Denver on April 24, 2009
please take the time to read this- they are poisoning our children and our food supply:
M.S. answers from Boise on April 24, 2009
We use the Zamzows system. Their weed control is amazing. We have only sprayed our yard once this year, so far, and almost all of the dandelions were dead the next day! I am going to have my husband spray them again and then we are going to overseed.
The good thing about the Zamzows system is that it is not dangerous to children or pets.