Re: Lawn weeds

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Posted by Newt on July 03, 2003 at 17:06:30:

In Reply to: Lawn weeds posted by Sue on July 03, 2003 at 04:19:29:

: I have a pretty bid tard for the city. I do not want to use harmful chemicals. I have 3 dogs. I live in Wisc. Zone 5.
: The problem is I have a lot of wood violets and creaping charlie in the grass....clover and spurge? as well.
: I know that the best way to have less weeds id to have a healthy lawn but I am not sure how to get rid of whats there as far as the weeds.
: Help!
: Thanks, Sue

Hi Sue,
Good for you not wanting to use toxic chemicals. I just answered a very similar question for another Sue! So, here's what I suggested to her.

You could use vinegar. There's a stronger type that's 20% solution that you can get for such a purpose, but most folks use 5% white vinegar from the supermarket full strength for such a purpose with good results. Take a look at these.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2002/020515.htm
http://www.greensense.net/vinegarmsds.html
http://www.greensense.net/vinegar.html

This place has environmentally friendly solutions to pests, weeds and plant diseases. They have a search feature too.
www.gardensalive.com

You might also find this site for home made pest control helpful as well.
http://www.permacult.com.au/research/natural_pest_control.html

You might also find these sites for organic lawn care helpful once you get those weeds under control. It really isn't a bad thing to have some weeds, as a monoculture isn't as environmentally healthy as a diverse one.

http://www.theorganicreport.com/pages/160_healthy_grass.cfm?redirect=yes?contentindexID=9&menucontentID=436
http://www.organicgardening.com/library/lawn.html
http://www.members.tripod.com/~Gardeningguru/index-11.html

Hope this was helpful.
Newt

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