Renovating Bermuda Grass - Knowledgebase Question

San Bernardino, CA
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Question by underhiswing
May 20, 2007
I rented my house out for 10 yrs while I was in Fl. The people didn't water and care for the lawn. It is now full of all kinds of weeds. I was told to water the lawn and eventually the grass will come back and choke out the weeds. Is the correct?

Answer from NGA
May 20, 2007
What you've heard is correct - a thick, healthy lawn will choke out most weeds, but you may have to help things along to reach that goal by killing the weeds first and then putting your lawn on a regular feeding, watering and mowing schedule. I hope you don't have to start all over, but that's a possibility, too. If most of the weeds are perennials it would be best to spray them and then restart with a new sodded area. 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. Thanks for the question. Please stop in again soon!

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