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IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP YOUR GARDEN FREE FROM WEEDS?

Hmm. That’s a tall order. Weeds common to your garden are naturally suited to the sun, soil, and water conditions of this area. That’s why it’s so hard to get rid of weeds after they’ve taken root.

But if you prevent weed seeds from germinating, your garden can be weed-free. Here are some tips to keep weeds from growing in the first place.

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The Challenge of Controlling Weeds in April

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Dandelion, clover, plantain and other broadleaf weeds are among the most common and troublesome pest problems in lawns.

Even though most broadleaf weeds can be easily controlled with herbicides, a completely weed-free lawn is neither practical nor environmentally sensible. A safe and sound approach to lawn weed control is to grow healthy turf, spot-treat weeds with the correct weed control product as they appear, and avoid the temptation to guarantee (or attempt to achieve) 100% weed-free turf.

Controlling weeds in April is often more challenging than other times of the year due to the fact that most weed killers do not work in colder weather. But in fact, controlling them early is the best way to keep them from getting out of control later on in the year when sunlight is more abundant and temperatures are warmer.

An organic and natural product is Bonide’s Maize Weed Preventer. This can be used in and around flower and vegetable gardens, lawns, trees and ornamentals, and won’t harm desirable plants. A liquid form of corn gluten meal, it can be easily applied with a hose-end sprayer. Another product that controls weed growth for up to 4 months can be spread by shaking on the lawn or around ornamentals. This is Bonide’s Crabgrass and Weed Preventer.

If weeds insist on appearing despite your efforts at prevention, we recommend other Bonide products such as Weed Beater Ultra: Check out this great videoWeed beater Ultra is the ultimate systemic broadleaf weed killer for lawn and turf. It uses new chemistry that’s especially effective on over 200 hard-to-kill weeds, right to the roots. You will have visible results in just 24 hours, and once it dries, it is rain-proof, and you can reseed in just 2 weeks! Weeds are most susceptible in early spring and late fall, so this is the ideal product for cool weather down to 45°F.

The number of turfgrass herbicides is too numerous to mention here. It should be noted that combination (2 to 4 herbicides) products provide broader spectrum control of weeds than single herbicides.

Additionally, you can help discourage weed growth by not mowing the lawn too short or too often; not fertilizing too much, or at the wrong time of the year; and not over- or under-watering.

Wild Garlic or Wild Onion?

Which one do you have in your lawn or garden?

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Wild Garlic                                         Wild Onion

Both are perennial, spread by seed, bulb, and bulblet. Wild garlic has 2–4 long narrow leaves that are round and hollow. The bulb has a yellowish-brown outer membrane with vertical fibers including several bulblets. Wild onion has more than 2 leaves, long and narrow but are flat, solid and slightly convex. The bulbs are brown with a pattern. There are 1–3 bulblets and the cut surface of the bulb will turn red when exposed to air.

The control is the same for both. For small patches pull or dig it out making sure you get all the bulbs and throw away in the trash. The bulbs can survive for several years so DO NOT COMPOST!

In the lawn you can slow the spread of both of these weeds by mowing regularly. It will help weaken the plant and decrease it’s seed production.

A post emergent herbicide can be applied when the weeds are actively growing in the fall, winter and spring. Treat plants when the greens are between 2 and 8 inches tall. In the garden make sure you protect nearby desirable plants when using an herbicide.

Mulching up to a depth of 4 inches has shown some success but that can create other problems in your garden.

Giordano’s can help you select the right Bonide treatment for your problem area!

 

 

Weed Control In April

Bonide Products & Weed Control in April

Controlling weeds in April is often more challenging than other times of the year due to the fact that most weed killers do not work in colder weather. But in fact, controlling weeds early is the best way to keep them from getting out of control later on in the year when sunlight is more abundant and temperatures are warmer. We recommend bonide products such as Bonide’s Weed Beater Ultra: Check out this great video – we carry this product and other Bonide herbicides, come by today!
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Got Weeds? We Got What You Need!

Giordano’s has your back! We’ve put together a list of the most difficult to control weeds that are common in the Long Island, NY region (but applies to the majority of Horticultural Zones 6 & 7). Let’s be honest, you have better things to do than weed your lawns all day, so here are a few suggestions we have found helpful in our and our client’s lawns.


First, From Our Friends at This Old House:

Weed-free lawns are the stuff of dreams and championship golf courses. In fact, when you consider the tenacity of weeds, it’s a wonder any of us win the pitched battles we wage with these pesky invaders. Just one dandelion plant makes up to 15,000 seeds, each of which can survive six years in the soil—creating 15,000 more seeds when it sprouts and matures.

Synthetic herbicides are the usual response to chronic weed problems. But used unwisely, these chemical weed killers can be dangerous to people, pets and turf. And unless you get at the underlying problems that weaken lawns and favor weeds, you might have to apply herbicides frequently.

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.


After reading this article, we figured that we’d put together a summary of the top techniques/products we have used to grow beautiful lawns for our families, friends and clients over the years.

5 Steps to Grow a Vigorous Lawn:

  1. The Art of Fertilizing Smart:
    • Use an Organic Fertilizer on your lawn during the first warmth of Spring and again after about 2 months. WARNING: Too much fertilizer is detrimental, too little is not effective. Consult with the instructions, or stop by at Giordano’s if you need advice on the application of fertilizer to your lawn.
    • Our Top Picks for Organic Lawn Fertilizers: Jonathan Green Natural Beauty, Jonathan Green Lawn Soil Enhancer, Ringer Lawn Restore & Milorganite
  2. Water INFREQUENTLY, but DEEPLY
    • Water for at least 1hr with an automatic sprinkler
    • Allow your lawn to dry out before watering again!
  3. Mow Higher
    • Set your mower for it’s highest level (we recommend between 3 & 4 inches)
    • This will allow your grass to absorb MORE sunlight throughout the course of the day
  4. Spot Treatments
    • Lawns don’t grow or flourish uniformly, pay attention to your problem areas and add more fertilizer selectively in the spots that aren’t growing fully
  5. Weed Removal Best Practices
    • Dig around the weed at least 2″ from the base all the way around
    • Remove the entire chunk (make sure you get all the roots)
    • Patch your hole with compost/soil mix (25%/75%)
    • Top with a thin covering of Weed Beater Lawn-Weed Control
    • Wait for your grass to reclaim the space
    • Revisit those spots frequently to ensure no new weeds are sprouting

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Contained below are pictures of some of the most difficult to control weeds in home lawns and some possible remedies.

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Henbit

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VERONICA

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Wild Violets

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SPOTTED SPURGE

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SPOTTED SPURGE

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PURSLANE

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Pennywort

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Oxalis

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Oxalis

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Don’t see your weeds in this slider? No problem! Bring in a sample if you are unable to identify them and we’ll help you figure out how to treat your lawn as safely and effectively as possible.