How to treat a yard full of weeds

jkh389June 21, 2010

I recently purchased a house and its lawn was in terrible condition. It basically had very little grass and mostly all weeds. There are also a lot of different weeds in the yard too, and from my guess at least 6 or so different kinds. So, my question is what is the best way to treat a yard full of weeds and to get a yard full of lush green grass?

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The best way is to start with a good, reliable soil test. Contact your local office of the University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service about having this done and also dig in that soil with these simple soil tests,
1) Structure. From that soil sample put enough of the rest to make a 4 inch level in a clear 1 quart jar, with a tight fitting lid. Fill that jar with water and replace the lid, tightly. Shake the jar vigorously and then let it stand for 24 hours. Your soil will settle out according to soil particle size and weight. A good loam will have about 1-3/4 inch (about 45%) of sand on the bottom. about 1 inch (about 25%) of silt next, about 1 inch (25%) of clay above that, and about 1/4 inch (about 5%) of organic matter on the top.

2) Drainage. Dig a hole 1 foot square and 1 foot deep and fill that with water. After that water drains away refill the hole with more water and time how long it takes that to drain away. Anything less than 2 hours and your soil drains too quickly and needs more organic matter to slow that drainage down. Anything over 6 hours and the soil drains too slowly and needs lots of organic matter to speed it up.

3) Tilth. Take a handful of your slightly damp soil and squeeze it tightly. When the pressure is released the soil should hold together in that clump, but when poked with a finger that clump should fall apart.

4) Smell. What does your soil smell like? A pleasant, rich earthy odor? Putrid, offensive, repugnant odor? The more organic matter in your soil the more active the soil bacteria will be and the nicer your soil will smell.

5) Life. How many earthworms per shovel full were there? 5 or more indicates a pretty healthy soil. Fewer than 5, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, indicates a soil that is not healthy.

to learn more about your soil. What these tests swhow about your soil can help guide you in making that soil into a good, healthy soil that will grow strong and healthy plants that can help in controlling those "weeds" as well.
A much simpler way is to go out and spend a lot of money on poisons that can alter your environment for the worse and require that you spend even more money in the future to keep on controlling these "weeds".

Here is a link that might be useful: UM CES

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 7:24AM
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