The Home Ownership Thread - Page 140
First step is to figure out exactly what kind of grass you've got. Then ID the weeds and find something that kills them and not the grass. If you can use preemergents (keep seeds from germinating; usually you can if you don't have to overseed your grass), then you should. But you need to know exactly when to apply them. Everyone wants to sell you fertilizer with preemergent in it -- that's a really terrible idea most of the time. Here you apply the spring preemergent in late February or early March--why would you also apply nitorgen-heavy fertilizer? To feed your winter weeds? To feed a fungus to kill your grass when it warms up? Maybe you can use it in late spring to extend the preemergent, but you probably shouldn't.
Edit: every year dihydrogen monoxide kills almost 4000 people in the US alone, compared to...0....for residential herbicides. http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/water-safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html
Edited by Ataturk - 3/1/14 at 7:56am
Most residential lawns in the NW started as a variety of about 6 different types of grass seed. It's the only way the stuff will grow consistently up here due to the immense amount of rain/snow/vampires/ice/drought the region gets on a yearly basis.
If anyone can tell me how to nuke the patches of wild mushrooms that sprout up in my backyard every Spring, I'm all ears.
Also you should get one with a mulching blade--beats raking leaves in the fall, and bagging clippings is for chumps (unless it's for weed or disease control).
The previous homeowners who did not live in our place for 2 years let leaves lay on the yard for quite a while so I am hoping grass comes back. We also have a pretty rocky/gravely yard so once grass does take a shot at growing I will have to figure out how to cut it. I don't want to shoot pebbles a break windows or damage something else.