Weeds all over St' Augustine lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Pasadena, TX (Zone 8B)
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Question by brandonbogg
January 30, 2006
I have a St. Augustine lawn, and the types of weeds I have are numerous. I have clovers and different types of tall weeds. I even have a type of weed that just seems to grow like a tall weed, but grows against the ground and crowds out the grass. I moved into this house about seven months ago. The lawn also has bare spots. I have been using Bonus S, but all it seems to do is feed the weeds. I also tried Turf Builder. Do I need to start over on parts of the lawn with new sod? I have never had such problems with weeds. I even cut the yard at next to the highest setting on the mower, and it still doesn't help. I would greatly appreciate any advice you could give.

Answer from NGA
January 30, 2006

Whether you need to start over or not is hard to say. If most of the weeds are perennials it would be best to spray them and then restart with a new sodded area. I suggest you take samples from the various weeds to your County Extension Office for them to identify. Then a decision can be made as to the best product(s) to use for the weeds you have, when to apply them, etc.

The best weed control is a dense, healthy turf. Do all you can to develop a good, dense turf (regular mowing, deep infrequent watering and moderate fertilizing) and over a year or two you will eliminate the vast majority of weeds in your turf.

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