Re: Lawn weeds

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Posted by mike on July 03, 2003 at 21:02:55:

In Reply to: Re: Lawn weeds posted by Newt on July 03, 2003 at 17:06:30:

: : 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


Hi Im in Milwaukee. I have a dog too and do not like to use chemicals, but if you can keep the pets away from the lawn for a few days then they will be fine. The best way to control the broadleaf weeds that you have is with scott's turf builder plus 2. The violets need to be sprayed with weed-be-gone because the scotts fertilizer wont kill violets. GOod luck!

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