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Kill weeds

Posted by Shiangli Ontario (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 2, 13 at 21:00

Hi everyone,

I am a new home owner to a house with a horrendous backyard. I have never owned a lawn before, let alone the weed infested mess you see here.

I want to overhaul this entire yard and start from scratch.

I spoke to a guy at Home Depot. He has recommended that I use a spade and dig everything out, then do the usual lawn soil + sod etc.

It seems like a lot of manual labor. Based on what you see here, would anyone recommend renting a tiller and tilling the entire lawn?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Shiang


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RE: Kill weeds

Is that Canada thistle?


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RE: Kill weeds

purpleinopp has a important point - before you till, you need to identify what weeds you've got there, as some (like Canada thistle) have roots that will send up new plants if they are cut, which a tiller will do. So, ID first, then figure out how to get rid of them.


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RE: Kill weeds

Since "weed" killers are not available to Ontario homeowners your only option is mowing and tilling, 3 or 4 times about 2 weeks apart. At that height those "weeds" will wrap the tiller tines so they should be mowed down first. The best time to seed for a lawn in this area of the world is mid September, time for those seeds to germinate and grow and get fairly well established before winter sets in.
A soil test for pH and major nutrients would be a good idea so any adjustments that need to be made can be before seeding.


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RE: Kill weeds

As Lisanti said, tilling thistle roots will result in more thistle plants. The other options also include smothering this whole area. Who said anything about weed killers?


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RE: Kill weeds

I would definitely cut them down asap while you are deciding how to tackle them. At the moment they are not flowering but if you allow them to you will have a million new thistles to contend with. How big is the area? Digging them out is doable if it is not too large.


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