Do I really want to use 2, 4-D?
I'm trying to recapture my lawn. It seems like crabgrass has taken a hold that I'm trying to get rid of. Also, there always seems to be dandelions and a couple other broadleaf weeds that keep popping up. Of course, right next to a new strawberry patch a bindweed population is getting too comfortable in the lawn. I've been mowing all this season at the highest setting, not bagging the clippings, watering only twice a week (three cycles of about five minutes per station - I probably need to measure how much water is being applied), started applying UCG (at least in limited areas in the front lawn) and about a week ago finally applied some SBM. I've been buying a new "weed" product about every other week only to read the labels and decide to return it. After last night's reading of the High Yield 2, 4-D, I'm about to make another return trip. When it referenced the sensitive plants, like young fruit trees (I just planted five and have four others that aren't yet bearing fruit) and tomatoes (mine actually appear to be doing well this year) severe irreversible eye damage (not that I plan on spraying it into my eyes, but...) and keeping off of it until it dries, and people out of the area for at least 48 hours.... did I read too much information? The IFA person where I bought it said to apply it with a hose-end sprayer at 1TBSP/gallon for this time of year, which seemed like a good idea when considering the area I wanted to apply it to, but how do you control overspray/drift? And finally, with the temperature pushing 90 degrees, that may be the final straw, as it warned against it. Any other options out there? If I just hurry and do it, will I just regret it?
I missed my pre-emergent opportunity in the early spring. Is late summer my next opportunity to control crabgrass for next year? Has anyone heard of or tried the baking soda solution for crabgrass?
I guess I could just stop reading chemical labels at night, get the kids to bed earlier, and take a lantern outside to weed (all but crabgrass) while my wife practices the piano... I have noticed a dramatic reduction in dandelion from my efforts earlier this year, but that bindweed always comes back with a vengeance!