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How to Repair a Lawn Full of Weeds!

Sep 30, 2019

With our ‘growing season’ Spring now in full flight, a lot of these common lawn weeds will be starting to thrive. Now is the time to get on top of them!

The bad news is, there are a broad range of nasty common weed types which rear their ugly heads, right throughout the different seasons. 

With our ‘growing season’ Spring now in full flight, a lot of these common lawn weeds will be starting to thrive.

So, now is the time to get on top of your common grass weeds before they really take over!

WinterGrass Common Lawn Weed Popping up in Sun

The Pre-Emergent Solution

If you’ve recently laid a beautiful new lawn, your aim may be to stop common weeds in their tracks, before they even get the chance to start popping up! 

Or, you may just want to stop commons weeds before they start to germinate within your existing lawn as the weather heats up, after a period of Winter dormancy.

In either case, the perfect pre-emergent solution is Lawn Solutions Oxafert!

Lawn Solutions OxaFert Herbicide & Fertiliser is a pre-emergent herbicide that you can use to control many annual and common broad-leaf weeds that tend to emerge in warm season turf.

A pre-emergent herbicide targets weed seeds before they germinate, by forming a barrier down at soil level that affects the germination of any new seedlings.

Lawn Solutions Oxafert is a granular herbicide, which when applied forms a film at the base of your turf.

Applying Oaxfert Weed Pre-Emergent Herbicide

This film kills any new weed seed germination, ensuring that your lawn remains free from common weeds Summer Grass, Winter Grass, Crow’s Foot, Creeping Oxalis and others.

NOTE: Lawn Solutions Oxafert will not kill existing weeds, it is purely used to prevent weeds from appearing.

Lawn Solutions Oxafert will not harm healthy turf, nor will it inhibit root growth or recovery from damage.

To purchase your Lawn Solutions Oxafert on our website, click here.

The 15 minute manual fix

As soon as common weeds start popping up in your lawn, it’s best to take action straight away, before they get out of control!

If you’ve noticed a few weeds pop up here and there, then you may be just in time to tackle them manually.

Remove Common Weeds by Hand

You can help the revival of your lawn by taking just a quick 15 minutes every couple of weeks to remove and weeds that you see by hand.

The trick is to identify and remove the weeds as early as possible – when they are young, small and easy to pull out by hand.

TIP: Many small common weeds can be carefully pulled out by hand. However, you need to make sure you have removed the roots too.

Remove Roots Removing Weeds by Hand

Using a gardening tool such as a weeding trowel or a long handled mechanical device, and prizing around the roots before pulling the weed out should help ensure total removal.

The larger the weeds become, the quicker they can spread, and the harder it can become to control them. If they set seed, they can quickly spread all over your lawn.

Removing Common Weeds with Long Device

The bigger the weed, the bigger and stronger the roots, and in some cases – a weed spray may be necessary. 

Additionally, what you can do to help keep your grass free from weeds, is check your soil, aerate and top dress if it is needing a nutrient boost come Spring.

Mow regularly and fertilise, and if weeds are still an issue you may need to look into a weed spray.

NOTE: If you mow over a lawn that has weeds in it, you could be spreading the weeds throughout your lawn through contamination.

Mowing Lawn in Sun

Tackling weeds that are beyond manual removal

If your lawn is past the stage of manual weed removal, and common weeds have more or so taken over, then you have two options:

A weed spray

For cases where the weed infiltration has exceeded manual removal, take to a weed killing spray which will promote lawn growth to help it repair.

There are various herbicides available, including selective and non-selective. 

Non-selective products kill most plants (including your lawn), whereas selective herbicides target specific weeds only. 

To combat common lawn weeds such as Bindii, Creeping Oxalis, Catsear, Clover, Cudweed and Dandelion, All Purpose Weed Control is the perfect solution.

Spraying with All Purpose Weed Control

Winter Grass usually begins germinating in your soil in May, and you will start to see it emerging within your turf in late May and June and continue to spread throughout the Winter months.

Winter Grass can usually be removed very easily by hand, as it doesn’t have particularly deep roots and it doesn’t have any runners, just growing in simple clumps.

Winter Grass Weed

However, removing it by hand can be somewhat tedious – so fortunately there are specifically targeted herbicide controls you can use, such as Amgrow Chemspray Winter Grass Killer.

A highly effective herbicide – the 100ml package supplied is enough to threat 200m² of grass, and will break down naturally after application leaving no residue.

TIP: It is strongly recommended that you consult your local nursery or turf expert to properly identify the weed in question first, so you can treat it with an appropriate and effective spray.

You will also need to check the suitability of the selected herbicide product for use on your lawn type. For example, many are not suitable for buffalo lawns.

Also, remember to always carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the pack! 

Or if the weeds have well and truly taken over and your lawn is beyond help…

White Dutch Clover

Replace your lawn

If tough weeds like Oxalis, Crab Weed, Nutgrass, Cudweed etc. have well and truly taken over and your lawn is needing a real make over to get it to maximum health and looking pristine, it may be best to take up your existing lawn and lay a new one.

If at the stage where you are looking to replace your lawn – one of the superior qualities of Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo turf is its tight growth habit, which supports its ability to hold out most common weeds.

Family Outdoors on Sir Walter

To get our expert advice on weed preventatives, weed control or new lawns, give our friendly team here at Cobbitty Lawn Turf a call today on (02) 4651 0000!