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Weed Invasion! (new home owner)

Posted by nickk678 SE Michigan (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 25, 12 at 9:24

Hello all,

First off, this forum is great. I have found a lot of good information here regarding our landscaping on here and it all has worked out well.

This year, my wife and I are tackling our grass (what there is). I have read quite a few posts explaining proper watering, mowing, and fertilizing, but we have so many weeds that I want to take care of them first before I overseed (we have some large bare spots).

(Dandilion obviously)

(these little tree things are popping up all over my backyard)


This clover stuff is ALL over the front yard. Our bare spots are filled with this stuff. It looks terrible.


Similar to the last stuff, our backyard is FILLED with these clovers. They are much bigger than the previous weed and just have taken over the grass.

Last year, I put down Scotts Turfbuilder with WeedControl. That took care of the Dandilions, but all clover stuff was left behind. My plan was to overseed this year to help the barespots, but with the weeds just controlling the lawn, I decided I should tackle the first.

Thanks for the help,

Nick K.

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RE: Weed Invasion! (new home owner)

You are somewhat in luck in that the weeds are in the classification of broad leaf (as opposed to grassy weeds). The two different kinds of plants are killed by different herbicides so you can apply a broadleaf herbicide and usually not bother the lawn grass. Unfortunately one of your weeds is creeping Charlie. Here is a link to images of creeping Charlie.

From years past this forum is filled with people complaining about creeping Charlie and how hard it is to get rid of. I've never had it but I believe the current approach is to use this particular variety of Weed-B-Gone.

Notice the prominent placement of the words, Chickweed, Clover, and Oxalis. That is a stronger version of the regular Weed b Gone. Most all the labels list those weeds but this is the one you need for the creeping Charlie. Don't go hog wild with this stuff. Spot spray when and where you can. You only need to mist the plants, not drench them. Getting it directly on the soil does no good. The herbicide is taken up by the leaves of the plant. You might also need to apply a second or third time. I would wait 2 full weeks after the first app before making that decision. You might also get new seedlings of the weeds come up later, so keep all that in mind when respraying.

RE: Weed Invasion! (new home owner)

dchall is right about this Weed b Gone product (it must be this one). I had a lot of Creeping Charlie that I had battled for years. Last fall, after getting the info on this forum, I sprayed 4 times every week or so. (I should have waited longer between apps because I did see some burning.) I see no CC this spring. It does take a while for the CC to wither away, but the product is doing it's work.
I'm in SE Michigan, too and I've linked one of my favorite discussions from here on GW. (Drop down where garyinchicago gives step-by-step timing instructions for lawn care.)

Here is a link that might be useful: great discussion

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