A few years ago weeds
were a major lawn problem. Today, however, it
is no longer necessary to spend hours of back-breaking
labor pulling and digging trouble-some weeds.
The use of selective lawn week killers such as
Ortho Weed-B-Gon or Lilly-Miler, takes the drudgery
out of lawn weeding. Dandelions, common plaintain,
buckhorn, thistle, wild carrot and over 80 other
broadleaf weeds are easily eliminated without
harming ordinary lawn grasses when properly treated
with Ortho Weed-B-Gon.
Best results are obtained
from todays weed killers under quite specific
conditions. The most important of these is that
the weeds should be growing rapidly when treated.
A warm day when the temperature is in the 70's
or 80's is ideal. In the case of crab grass, be
sure the bulk of the crop has germinated before
Tough, old dandelions
and some other weeds at times require two treatments.
Dandelions are perennials and after several years
they often develop a long, thick tap root that
makes killing difficult. A second treatment will
usually finish them off. It often takes 2 applications
to get rid of crab grass.
HOW TO USE. . Sprays
can be applied with a regular 2-gallon sprayer
. (Follow dilution directions shown on the package.)
Be sure to spray enough solution to cover most
of the weed foliage. If you use your garden sprayer
for this purpose, be sure to thoroughly rinse
it with a strong solution of household ammonia
and several times with water when you finish spraying.
Otherwise, the residue remaining may damage garden
plants you spray with insecticides.
BENT GRASS ... that
is closely cut may be harmed with such sprays.
Homeowners who keep bent lawns closely cut should
stick to the "hands and knees" method of weed
control. White Dutch Clover may receive a temporary
setback from selective weed killers. St. Augustine
Grass is also more susceptible to injury than
most other grasses.
Chemical Crab Grass
Killer represents the best crab grass control.
A liquid mixture where you merely mix with water
and spray it over your entire lawn at the first
sign of infestation. You can treat any time later
when crab grass is growing, but preferably before
seeds form. Follow the instructions on the label.
REMEMBER . . .
weed killers do not keep weeds out! To keep a
lawn attractive it must be fed regularly to develop
a thick hirf. Such a turf is not only attractive
but it is protection against new weeds gaining