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Old 06-18-2019, 09:21 AM
 
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Hello all… I have a yard that was 'tossed' in by the owner while redoing house. It's a total mess. It appears to be planted on nothing but 'dirt'. Weeds everywhere and a constant source of trouble. Any suggestions for weeding this yard other than hand pulling? I'm wondering if maybe there is a simple and very very cheap alternative to weed killer?
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:35 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Alternative to weed killer is to hand pull the weeds.


You can only use broadleaf killer on lawn, or you kill everything. A few of the anti-weed tricks won't work on lawns because you need to kill the weeds and not kill the grass.


It helps a little bit to cut the grass often and short enough to prevent seed heads from forming on the weeds. Some if the really noxious weeds will form seed heads close to the ground if you keep them cut short.


And, of course, cutting has no effect on weeds that form from runners.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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Hello all… I have a yard that was 'tossed' in by the owner while redoing house. It's a total mess. It appears to be planted on nothing but 'dirt'. Weeds everywhere and a constant source of trouble. Any suggestions for weeding this yard other than hand pulling? I'm wondering if maybe there is a simple and very very cheap alternative to weed killer?
Thanks

You're not going to eliminate the weeds easily and you can't do it in a year or two. I've been at it for 23 years with my yard and I'm still fighting the weeds. My advice is to mow the grass on a high setting, and get a 2-gallon sprayer and mix up some basic weedkiller such as ORTHO Weed B Gon.
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs, NC
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Hello all… I have a yard that was 'tossed' in by the owner while redoing house.
I'm not sure what this means. Are you responsible for the yard or is the owner?
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Old 06-18-2019, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Hello all… I have a yard that was 'tossed' in by the owner while redoing house. It's a total mess. It appears to be planted on nothing but 'dirt'. Weeds everywhere and a constant source of trouble. Any suggestions for weeding this yard other than hand pulling? I'm wondering if maybe there is a simple and very very cheap alternative to weed killer?
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Try this for $23 for 5000 square foot... cheap and effective. Attach to a hose and spray away. Be sure to follow exact instructions and not overdo it. I've used it and it did not hurt lawn and did kill weeds. Good luck.


Oh, and you better tell your landlord what you are doing. I would keep the deposit and not renew a lease of a tenant if they damaged my lawn
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Old 06-18-2019, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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You first need to identify what kind of grass you have. You wouldn’t treat Centipede with the same chemicals as fescue (for example).
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:06 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I'm wondering if maybe there is a simple and very very cheap alternative to weed killer?
If you OWN the property... get down on your knees and dig them out 2 sq ft at a time.
For a rental? Hose end sprayer herbicide. (Bayer makes the best)
Then over seed (after the heat season).
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I'd be careful to not kill all of the weeds right now because there may not be much left.
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