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Old 02-15-2017, 04:04 PM
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Background - Last year I had a really bad weed problem, it was a bit scary. I ended up hiring a professional. The guy said I needed to sign a contract where I would pay for 7 treatments (1 per month). He came and looked at my lawn and said I had a mix of almost every type of weed possible. Either way, after 2 treatments, my lawn was 100% repaired. However, I still had to pay for 5 other treatments, even though it seemingly did nothing. For what it's worth, each treatment took less than 5minutes, they were super quick for ~7500sqft lawn. I don't want to hire him again because I want to save money.

As of today, my lawn is still dormant (it's still brown, no gress), but I have weeds starting to grow on the side of my lawn (side as in where it touches concrete). It's no where near as bad as it was last year, and it seems like I only have 1 or 2 types of weeds.

How would you recommend me treat it myself? I don't want to kill my grass. Lowe's & Home Depot has like 100+ products I never know what to get
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:50 PM
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It is super easy to use a weed and feed every year. Once you invest in a spreader, you can do a few treatments every year and you're done. Just buy Scott's and follow the guidelines for what to apply when.
You must know what kind of grass you have. For example, the southern grasses are different from the northern ones.
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Old Today, 05:19 AM
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Our lawn is about three times your size, and got overtaken last summer by crab grass and other weeds. I say our lawn size not to brag, but to give you a point of reference for how much (or how little actually) of the "good stuff" you'll actually need for a few years of coverage. I was in the same boat as you. For 1/5th the cost of hiring a pro every time, I wanted to do this myself. There are other posts on here from me in greater detail on this, but in short:

Buy a decent sprayer. Buy these two herbicides - Drive XLR8 and Tenacity by Syngenta. You can google each for more info. Find a co-op store near you to buy them, they don't sell this stuff in the big box store. It might feel expensive at first, but read the label for dilution rates. It doesn't take much of either to treat your entire lawn. My point about my lawn size? I've used each once and completely wiped out my problems, and have enough left over to treat my lawn at least 3 more times.

But I do warn you as well - you need to understand what type of grass you have. This stuff works on nearly all grass types, but not all types and can kill off a couple of grass types. Just read the label to make sure.

I also like these two herbicides because I can seed at the same time, which makes them unique. Most herbicides can't be used on new seeding for several weeks before or after applying new seeds.
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