Lawn care - Knowledgebase Question

Kensington, Ma
Question by annkavi
October 14, 2009
What can I do for my lawn, it is full of weeds, but I don't want to use pesticides, b/c of my dog, who frequently eats grass?

Answer from NGA
October 14, 2009


A thick, healthy lawn will have fewer weed problems so you'll want to put your lawn on a regular maintenance schedule of feeding, watering and mowing so it can grow as lush and thick as possible. Since you don't want to use chemicals you can dig out the largest weeds by hand. Some weeds are annuals and they will die out at the end of the growing season and others are perennials so they may die down in the winter but they'll grow again in the spring. Digging out the largest weeds now will allow you to concentrate on the rest of the weeds when they pop up next spring. You can feed your lawn with a winterizer fertilizer now and continue watering your lawn until it stops growing this winter. Next spring apply a corn gluten meal based pre emergent to keep weed seeds from germinating. Plan to feed in April, June, September and early November and to water deeply all during the growing season. You'll end up with a thick, lush lawn that resists weeds. Good luck with your project!

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