The Q&A Archives: Weeds in new lawn

Question: I lived in Maryland. House is six years old. Builder left some area with small tree,spike brushes in my back yard area. There are much different kind of bad weeds and poison ivy's I cut it and trying to put new lawn on it.I tilled the area to loosen soil then put grass seeds. New grass is coming up with many weeds. How to Kill weeds. Do I have to pull individually or some weed killer.

Answer: If you pull weeds by hand, you'll get the offending plants without killing your lawn. Remember, though, that it's best to keep off new lawns until they've established themselves, so wait at least a couple of weeks before manual weeding. Weeds are almost guaranteed to pop up in your new lawn. One of the best strategies is simply to realize they're not going to take over completely, and spray them once your lawn has matured. A good rule of thumb is to wait until you've mowed your new lawn at least three times. After that, you can use a weed and feed to zap those weeds without worry.

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