Greetings, everyone! Terrible problem with weeds in my yard. Advice Please?

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Greetings, everyone! Terrible problem with weeds in my yard. Advice Please?

Post by Monte » November 6th, 2020, 6:42 pm

Greetings everyone. This is my first post, and I'm at my wit's end. :banghead:

I live in Texas and kind of have a Bermuda lawn. At least that's what they put down when they built my house. My front and back yard are mostly weeds of many different varieties. I'm really, really wanting to get rid of these weeds. I've tried various granular weed killers to no real effect.

I bought some off-brand Tenacity earlier this year, and did a couple of applications, and that kinda-sorta worked. Maybe a few more applications there?

I would say my front yard is probably 70% weeds. My bigger problem is my back yard. It's probably 90% weeds. All of various types. I have two mowers. One that I use that can barely handle it, and a Fiskars reel mower. I'd like to have my lawn in shape enough to just use the reel mower. And to enjoy my yard again.

I'm looking for tips, and products I can use to get rid of the weeds. If anyone knows of a very effective granular weed killer (or something similar to Tenacity) that I can use, as well as a grass that I could overseed with, it would be very much appreciated.

So far, aside from some results with the off-brand Tenacity, nothing has really worked.

Thank you for any tips or advice!

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Re: Greetings, everyone! Terrible problem with weeds in my yard. Advice Please?

Post by andy10917 » November 8th, 2020, 11:12 am

You're very lucky that you didn't kill the Bermuda lawn, and really need to practice reading the whole label information before applying herbicide(s) to the lawn...

Tenacity is not labelled for use on Bermuda, except when it is FULLY DORMANT. There are literally some regimens used by people to deliberately kill Bermuda by using Tenacity when the Bermuda is actively growing. I don't know where the idea came from to say it's OK for use on active Bermuda, but it's wrong.

I would suggest that you reading the article on the Triangle Approach to Weed Control, and I'm providing adjustments for the Triangle Approach for a Bermuda lawn - there is a change that should be made for the "Level 2" application - and potentially the "Level 3" application.

Start with a standard 3-Way or 4-Way product like Weed-B-Gon (3-way) or Weed-B-Gon plus Crabgrass Control (4-way). That is going to probably knock out 60% - 70% of the weeds in a very-weedy lawn.

For Bermuda, I would change the Level 2 product to "Celsius" herbicide, instead of the Triclopyr products used in cool-season lawns. It's not cheap, but very effective.

What to use for Level 3 will depend on what weeds are left - ask for help here when you get there.

Note that the herbicides mentioned here are all liquid products and not granular.

The Triangle Approach has a very high success rate, and eliminates the need for identifying all of the needs to identify specific weeds while doing Levels 1 and 2.

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