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My yard is awful! It is full of weedy grass and I am not sure what to use to kill the thick weedy stuff but not kill the good grass. This summer we had a bit of a drought and it seemed to kill the good stuff and cause the weeds to just take over! I would love some tips on what to do!
 
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Honestly, if it's really *that* bad, you might be better off killing it all and then re-seeding.

If it's only in certain areas, though, then maybe try pulling the weeds instead? If you can get them out by the roots, they're less likely to spread.
 

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Honestly, if it's really *that* bad, you might be better off killing it all and then re-seeding.

If it's only in certain areas, though, then maybe try pulling the weeds instead? If you can get them out by the roots, they're less likely to spread.
They're good options. If you do want to kill that area, use a brush cutter or lawn mower and cut it close to the ground.
Then go and buy some quality weed mat the wider the better and cover the area.This will inhibit grass and weeds from growing. We do it in our vegie gardens between crops.The cut weeds and grass are also a mulch underneath for the earth worms.:)
 
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Weeds die off in the cold so putting down anything now is use less .I have found that I put all my coffee grounds in my yard and they help make the soil healthier .But best thing is if you do decide in the spring to put down weed killer put down lime as it helps fertilizers work better .I lime my soil all the time because weeds do not like sweet soil but where you have acid loving plants it may harm them or kill them .Lime and epsom salts works great to control weeds .
 
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I'll try Epsom salts and lime in the spring then! We were using a reel mower before this happened but once we got that thick weedy grass we had to buy a regular mower to deal with it! What drives me nuts too is we get those tall reedy weeds too!

We won't be renewing our lease at this home so I don't know if it will get bad enough to deal with when it gets warm again thankfully- but I'm going to need to remember all of this when we move into our own home.
 
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The best way to control dandelions and other weeds in your yard is to grow a thick, vigorous lawn. Dense grass crowds out weeds and blocks the sunlight their seeds need to germinate. If only a few weeds dot your lawn, changing your maintenance tactics might be all it takes to get rid of them. And if your efforts at hand-to-hand combat haven't worked, take heart. There really is a way to pull out even stubborn dandelions so they don't come back.
 
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Yeah- it would take forever to do our whole yard by taking everything out at the roots. I do not have that much time!
 
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You may try organic methods to remove dandelions from your lawn. Mow them over this helps to prevent the flowers from further spreading their seeds across your property. Pour boiling water over the plant this will kill them and end the future growth. Cover them with mulch, dirt or make sure the dandelions doesn't get sunlight.
 
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If you just remove the flower heads and lime your yard well that works too .Sweet soil from lime keeps weeds away .Here there were lots of pine trees growing so had to lime the last 8 years just to get grass to grow .Also had to plant trees as developer took all the trees out so fruit trees and pretty trees went in and only buy the trees over the years at end of season sales .
 
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Or just use your dandelions as a food source.... supposed to be good, even with all the dandelions we have, no thanks, I do however feed them to my bunnies, they love them.
 
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I also have a "weedy yard". This is very frustrating to me because my husband and I spend a lot of time working in the yard to make it pretty. Our yard would look very nice, but within a few days of mowing there are weeds popping up everywhere.
 
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We get those really picky weeds that will grow a foot over night if you don't pull them right away. I forgot what they're called right now? I haven't found anything that will get rid of those things. They love to grow around my daughter's swing set. I have to pull them daily because it really hurts if you step on one of those. Anyone have any ideas for me? I don't have to deal with this now since it's winter, but I'd like to head it off at the pass right away in the spring.
 
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When I first moved into my current home, the yard was a mass of hip high weeds and many of them were those awful prickly things. My husband has it fixed now and it's been five years. What he did was cut the weeds down before they went to seed. He manually pulled the most dominant, without getting too nit-picky. He raked it religiously with a cheap dethatcher each fall when the grass was dying and each spring after the first growth was sprouted and ready to cut. He aerated it once or twice and now we have a beautiful green lawn. I know it sounds like a lot of work but this is what you need to do if you want to have a healthy lawn. As for your prickly weeds JaimieSkye, I don't have any suggestions other than trying to get grass to replace the weeds, especially as it is a play area for your kid.
 
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As soon as it warms up a little this spring if i had 1 weed pop up i would be at walmart getting some weedbegone to spray
start early and stay on it . if you run out get some more
then you can enjoy your yard and mow less
 
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We get those really picky weeds that will grow a foot over night if you don't pull them right away. I forgot what they're called right now? I haven't found anything that will get rid of those things. They love to grow around my daughter's swing set. I have to pull them daily because it really hurts if you step on one of those. Anyone have any ideas for me? I don't have to deal with this now since it's winter, but I'd like to head it off at the pass right away in the spring.

It may be easy enough to identify your weed if you can let us know what area you live.
The other thing you can do is go to your local council and take in a sample. They may be able to give advise on eliminating it hopefully without having to spray considering it being a problem around your daughter's swing set.
 
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Our lawn is horrible. The ground is all fill dirt from when we built our house, so nothing grows right anyhow. We have so many thistles, dandelions, and buckhorns, to name a few. I would love to start completely over, but we have about 2 acres of yard in the back and almost an acre in the front, and we just don't have the finances for that. Someday we hope to just fence the back yard in for a cow pasture and let the cows worry about it. As of right now, we keep planting trees, to turn the front lawn into more of a forest so then the weeds won't matter. At least we live out in the middle of no where, so people can't see how bad the lawn is, and the family isn't concerned with the looks of it either. I'm the only one that minds, but I can live with it. For now!
 
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Never heard of Epsom salt and lime I'll need to try it!

I've had several different lawns with problems. The first house that I moved into the weeds where really bad. After struggling with them I finally called in a professional lawn care service, the one's that fertilize and spray your lawn. I only needed them to spray two or three times and my problem was solved.

The next house we pulled the weeds up by hand for months, which worked well too but took some time. Yet at the time we had more time than money.

And the third house we killed all the grass and started again from seed. Yet with all of these homes we had a good sprinkler system that would keep the lawns watered and going strong. Currently we're in Florida without a regular watering system and it seems like the weeds are out growing my grass quick and this sandy soil is not helping.
 

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