Susan Johnston Carlson
The scuffle hoe (also called an oscillating or action hoe) gets its names from the double-edged hinged blade that rocks back and forth with a push-pull motion. As it rocks, it slices weeds off at the crown. Repeated beheading depletes the weed roots of stored food and the plant dies. Shallow cultivation also avoids bringing more weed seeds to the surface where they can sprout.
Hand-weeding is still the best defense on small lawns where the number of weeds isn’t overwhelming. It’s most effective against annual broadleaf weeds. Pulling them while they’re young—before they flower and seed—is the simplest way to prevent them from spreading.
Pulling Weeds Permanently: Step 3
Use herbicides as a last resort—when nothing else works on a particular weed or when your lawn is completely overrun. And follow directions carefully. Used incorrectly, herbicides can injure or kill turf and other desirable plants.
If weeds are starting to overturn your turf, here are four steps to stop them in their tracks:
Luckily, you can bring your lawn back to life by ridding it of weeds and boosting your turf’s health. Here’s how to get rid of weeds in your grass for good.
So, the best way to get rid of weeds is to make your lawn an environment where it’s difficult for them to thrive.
Any tricks for killing weeds in the lawn without killing grass?
All year long, we look forward to sinking our feet into lush, radiant green grass. But nobody wants stringy ivy, coarse clovers or fuzzy dandelions grazing your toes instead!
If you spray that, you can kill 80 to 100 percent of weeds’ top growth, found USDA research.
My lawn is all weeds. What should I do?
Yes! But it may take more time and effort. Spraying vinegar directly on weeds is a natural way to get rid of them. It dries out the plant leaves and kills what’s above the ground.
And once you’ve spotted one, you’re sure to see more! Weeds seem to keep multiplying until they’re a huge, unattractive problem.