My entire SW Missouri backyard has been taken over by some sort of ground cover. I think it might be some variety of thyme with purple flowers and is very squishy underfoot. I want to kill this off are have grass back there what is the best way to go about this and is it still possible for this season?
Thanks in advance!
Talk with a lawn care expert.
If you apply an herbicide, it can remain in your soil for a season or longer.
You might till, rake, seed.
Then--next year start using weed and feed products.
Do you know if there is a grass strong enough to fight the weeds from just being aerated from tilling and coming back stronger?
No, I don't but the experts do.
Have you tried searches on-line?
Check with your local office of your University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service about what to do and how to do it and then find a "lawn Care Expert" that will do what you want done. Consulting with a commercial "lawn care expert", someone with something to sell you, can result in you paying for things you do not need. http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/missouri.html
Son in law consulted with a salesperson from one of those companies and was told that his lawn needed dethatching (there was no thatch in that lawn) as a start. An applicator showed up one rainy day where I worked at the time to spray for "weeds" because that was the day he was scheduled to do that. Numerous times someone has checked what material was in the tanks of some of these "lawn care experts" and found the tank held nothing but water.
The sign of a good gardener is not a green thumb, it is brown knees.
Thanks! I will check with them, hopefully I am not too late to start thinking about this.
Gardeners don't like to admit that sometimes chemical means is the best way to end what got away so that beginning again is the easiest way to good results.
Look on the shelf of any hardware or garden nursery supply dealer. (Walmart has oodles of what will kill grass and everything else that is in the ground) It kills all green...not just weeds but everything.
Contrary to thinking, read the label carefully and you might be pleased to find that the ground can be used for whatever you have in mind within a short time.
(short being a few days to a couple weeks)
Preparing the soil afterwards and adding soil amendment can increase the chance of success of good growing--whatever you have in mind.
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