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How to get Rid of Violets and Creeping Charlie In The Lawn

What’s up y’all - welcome to the very middle of October. I’m on the road to the GIE Expo this week but wanted to take some time and drop some tips on you. For you cool season folks (Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Rye, Turf Type Tall Fescue) I’m seeing more and more reports of wild violet and creeping charlie.Especially if you have gotten through your aeration and overseeding and are back to mowing regularly; all that watering and fertilizing you have been doing has also encouraged these weeds and now it’s time to get on top of them. The good news is: the very best time to get after these two common viney weeds is the fall time when outside air temps are above 55F during the day (outside air temps, NOT soil temps).The warmer the better, but as long as temps during the day are getting up over 55F for most of the day, you can get on these guys...

How To Control Nutsedge In Your Lawn

Nutsedge, Nutgrass, Kyllinga, Water Grass - call it what you want, it’s nasty and it’s raging right now. The heatwave last week may have stunted your good turfgrass and now you are watering things back to health and notice these lime green tufts sticking up. Your first thought: Is it crabgrass? If so, that’s another animal - but chances are if it’s sticking up tall and has that square and sharp blade feeling in your hand, it’s nutsedge. Here is some I found in Munster, IN. It certainly sticks out, showing it’s sharp, neon green sword-like leaves amongst some double-dark Kentucky Bluegrass. Additionally, I’ve battled these invaders here in my beautiful St Augustinegrass yard here in SW Florida. Here we see more of the purple nutsedge and green kyllinga. But they are ALL sedges. Now here I sit this year, it’s late July and we have had rain rain rain down here. More and more, longer sustained storms, earlier each...