The Great Lawn Rescue: weed control and the remnants of my lawn

The spring season has begun in South Texas, friends. And with the rain and sun came stunningly large weeds. The war has begun. It is time to attempt weed control.

Our lawn is mostly weeds. When we moved in, probably about 70%. Now that spring has sprung the dandelions, clover, and chickweed have pretty much taken over. I originally planned to attempt to save my lawn starting in the fall, but our spring weeds are monsters. If I don’t do anything now, there will be no grass left to save.

So, the time for action is now. I’m going to start a series of lawn care posts called “The Great Lawn Rescue” where I will attempt to save my lawn from the weeds, bugs, and general messiness that has overtaken it, and here is where I will record my progress. Over the course of this year I’ll post about my attempts at weed control, insect control, re-growing grass, seeding, aerating, and fertilizing. I may even throw in a bit of leveling(!) and gardening. We will see how ambitious I get this year.

Here are some before pictures of the worst of our lawn:

Lawn to the right of the driveway, March 2020
Driveway right
Lawn to the left of the driveway, March 2020
Driveway left
Side yard full of clover and chickweed, March 2020
Side yard full of clover and chickweed
Detail of the common state of my lawn, March 2020
Lawn weed detail. This is pretty much what many areas look like right now.

Can I just comment for a bit on the amount of “knowledge” out there about lawn care? It’s nuts! There are so many lawn nerds on the internet debating ratios of chemicals and whether it’s best to spray two weeks after first frost or ten days and all I want is basic guidelines to an average lawn! But I think I’ve pieced together a relatively simple lawn renovation plan.

First up is to tackle the weeds.

Last week was my first attempt at weed control. There are far too many weeds to pull manually so after reading copious amounts of reviews and trying to identify every weed in my yard I settled on this herbicide, Southern Ag Amine 24-D Weed Killer. I mixed it up with a bit of dish soap as a surfactant and sprayed pretty much the entire yard since pretty much the entire yard is weeds. The weed killer recommends giving it two weeks to work, so I’m trying my best to be patient. After one week there is significant death among the chickweed in the side yard. Next up will be clearing out some dead ground cover and trying to get the grass to grow in.

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