Tag Archives: Weeds

WHO KNEW? EPSOM SALTS FOR YOUR GARDEN?

epsom salts

Most people have heard of Epsom salts and they typically associate it with baths, as this natural salt from Epsom, England is probably best known as a way to help relieve your body’s aches and pains. Or perhaps you’ve even been one of the unfortunate ones who’ve had to use Epsom salts as a laxative. But did you know that Epsom salt can also be an effective gardening tool? Really?

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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
Henbit

Henbit

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VERONICA

VERONICACONTROL: WEED BEATER LAWN WEED CONTROL

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Wild Violets

WILD VIOLETSCONTROL: WEED BEATER LAWN WEED CONTROL

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VERONICA IN LAWN-AREA

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SPOTTED SPURGE

SPURGECONTROL: WEED BEATER LAWN WEED CONTROL

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SPOTTED SPURGE

SPOTTED SPURGECONTROL: WEED BEATER LAWN WEED CONTROL

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PURSLANE

PURSLANECONTROL: WEED BEATER LAWN WEED CONTROL

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Pennywort

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Oxalis

Oalis

Oxalis

CONTROL: WEED BEATER LAWN WEED CONTROL

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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.

Do you need to control weeds and reseed your lawn?

Crabgrass

August 20th is also usually a good time to apply crabgrass or weed control if necessary. Be sure daytime temperatures are no higher than the low 80s. 70s are more ideal. Look for a still day with no rain in the forecast for 24 hours. Wait 2 weeks to seed after applying weed or crabgrass control.

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The time to reseed your lawn is fast approaching. The ideal time to seed your lawn is usually between August 20th and September 20th. Look for the nighttime temperatures to be in the low to mid 60s.