By most standards, the lawn of your dreams must be green, lush and weed-free. Take time early in the season to prevent weed problems later on in the year and have a dream lawn by summer.
Clumps of crabgrass, clover and dandelions spoil the uniform sea of green in the lawn. For the healthiest grass with the fewest weeds, the best strategy is to prevent growth before the weeds appear with products that fertilize the grass while killing weeds.
Prevent annual grassy weeds like crabgrass from taking root in your lawn by applying a pre-emergent weed killer such as Scotts Halts Pre-Emergent Crabgrass & Grassy Weed Preventer. By applying early, weed seeds won’t germinate and your lawn will be weed-free in summer. And don’t worry about rain, snow or freezing temperatures coming down on your lawn after application – the elements will not affect the performance of this weed preventer. Use on: Bermuda, Bluegrass, Centipede, Fescue, Rye, St. Augustine, Tall Fescue and Zoysia.
A single application of Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Weed and Feed for Southern Lawns kills broadleaf lawn weeds including dollar-weed, dandelion and clover, and prevents new ones, including crabgrass, for up to six months. Slow-release Bayer Advanced delivers season-long weed control that won’t harm your lawn when used as directed, without need for frequent re-application. Use on: Centipede, Zoysia, Bermuda grass and all varieties of St. Augustine.
Scotts Turf Builder Bonus S Weed & Feed for Southern lawns kills weeds and will thicken your lawn to help crowd out future weeds. Regular feedings provide the nutrients your lawn needs to look its best and withstand the stresses of weeds, heat, drought and family activity. The product is safe for use on Centipede, St. Augustine grass, Zoysia and Carpetgrass lawns. To be effective, it must be applied while weeds are actively growing.
In Florida lawns, Scotts Bonus S Florida Fertilizer helps improve water and nutrient absorption. It offers burn-free protection against dollar-weed and 24 other common lawn weeds. A single application of the slow-release formula kills weeds and feeds lawns for up to six weeks. For use on St. Augustine grass, Centipede, Zoysia and Carpet-grass lawns only.
These are all dry products that are applied with spreaders. Learn more about using spreaders for fertilizing lawns.
A new product, Roundup for Lawns, kills the toughest lawn weeds like crabgrass, dandelion, clover and yellow nutsedge without harming your lawn. Roundup for lawns kills weeds at the root and comes with the same kind of spray applicator found in traditional Roundup. These products are formulated for the types of grasses found in Southern lawns.
3 KEYS TO A HEALTHY LAWN
Build your lawn’s weed resistance by following these practices:
Deep watering. Encourage extensive root growth with less frequent, deeper watering.
Raise the bar. Know the recommended height for your type of grass and set your lawnmower accordingly, usually to one of the highest settings. To reduce stress on your lawn, do not cut more than one-third off the height of the grass blade.
Consistent feeding. Feeding every six to eight weeks during the growing season with Scotts® Turf Builder® Lawn Food, helps your lawn thicken up and fill in bare spots, making them less welcoming to weeds.
Learn more about weed control in lawns from these resources at The Home Depot:
- Need help identifying weeds or pests? Check out the Pest and Weed Control Tool at The Home Depot.
- Apply Pre-emergent to Prevent Weeds at The Home Depot Community Forum
- Use a Spreader to Feed Your Lawn at The Home Depot Community Forum
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