Chemical problem solving, or just a quick fix? That is the main difference with organic and chemical maintenance. Here are some ideas for you to solve problems and not doing just a quick fix on you garden. May is a good time to do some reseeding. There are several reasons why we should re-seed during the month of May. Most plants and turf grow pretty well during early Spring and late Fall. The reason is that grass and grass seed needs cool nights and hot days to grow. That usually happens during the end of April and beginning of May in New England. Grass seed germinates when the air temperature is above 55 degrees for 7 consecutive days. Once the night temperature gets too hot, then, grass seed doesn’t germinate that well. That’s why re-seeding or doing hydroseeding in the middle of the summer is a waste of money. Crabgrass, for example will germinate when the soil temperature reaches 50 degrees. Crabgrass germinated almost 1 month ago.
So, what should we do? The answer is grow good grass. Crabgrass, or any other weed is growing for a reason. Any weed is telling you something about the soil. Maybe the soil is too compacted for the grass to grow. Or, the pH is off. Or, the soil is very sandy. So, how do we get rid off the crabgrass or dandelions organically. What products can I use to spray the weeds so they die instantly. If you want to kill weeds, very, very fast, you can use an awesome product that everybody seem to like that contains 2-4d, also know as agent orange. Yes, agent orange. (Can you feel the sarcasm here?).
Talking to a young father of 4 who recently had a stroke, he asked me about weeds and lawns. I just finished applying organic fertilizer, compost and seed. He also finished applying fertilizer on his lawn. His dog was lying on the grass, and his daughters were playing around the yard. I glanced over to look at the chemical fertilizer label.
Controls: Dandelion, Chickweed, Clover, Knotweed, Plantain, Henbit, Spurge, Thistle and many other broadleaf weeds in St. Augustinegrass, Centipedegrass, Bahiagrass, Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass, Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Fescue Spp. and Bentgrass lawns
Controls over 250 listed broadleaf weeds
2, 4D, Mecoprop-p, dicamba
According to the label after applying a weed and feed product Do not allow people or pets to enter the treated areas for at least 12 hours.
Chemical weed and feed doesn’t work for me, so what are the organic choices?
Organically there is no silver bullet that is going to control, or that is going to magically make the weed disappear. The only way to get rid off weeds is to work with the system. Nature’s system. We have to fix the soil. It will take us a few years, but what we are trying to do is to fix the problem and not fix just a symptom. Chemically you deal with the same symptoms every year. Crabgrass, dandelions, grubs, fungus, etc…
Organic land care deals with the problem. Now, if you have grabgrass or dandelions during the month of May. You need to fix the soil. How? Take a soil sample and have it tested. Bring compost, re-seed and let the grass grow tall. Weeds will also be present on your property this year. But remember, we are fixing the problem.