Controlling Wintergrass during summer
Author: Stefan Palm Date Posted: 2 February 2017
Act now to control winter grass
It sounds like a funny topic to be talking about during summer but there is a whole lot you can do now to minimise, even eradicate the weeds that come up during winter.
Most weeds are seasonal. There are groups of them that germinate and grow each season. Winter is a particularly active time of year for a weeds such as winter grass and broad leaf weeds like clover and bindi. Another fact about weeds is that they produce seeds. These seeds drop to the ground and stay in the soil, ready to germinate the next season. Some weeds produce hundreds of seeds in their short life so you see how numbers of weeds in your lawn can quickly get out of control. If you had weeds last winter, you can be sure that you’ll have many more in the winter to come unless you do something about it.
There are 2 ways to attack weeds. You can do what’s called post emergent control or pre-emergent control. Post emergent control is where you attempt to kill the weed when its growing and established. Pre-emergent control is where you kill the seed of the weed before it germinates. Both are effective and a strategy involving both is often required to get on top of a persistent weed population. Now is the time to think about pre-emergent control so that you can kill winter grass seeds before they germinate! Unfortunately, most pre-emergent products are developed for the commercial market and so you won’t find domestic sized packs on the shelves of your hardware store. The most effective product I can recommend is called Pendi Pro (for use on couch and kikuyu) which is a fertiliser and pre-emergent herbicide all in one. It comes in a 20kg bag which covers around 600 square metres and costs just under $100. This may sound like a lot of money to throw at your lawn however when you weigh up the cost of fighting winter weeds as they germinate year after year added to the frustration of never really getting on top of them, it may well be worth the investment.
Spreading pendi proBy: John on 7 January 2018Using a Scott's hand held spreader what setting would you set it on if you had a heavy infestation last year Regards John
Paul Munns Instant Lawn Response
<p>I would use either setting 2 or 3. The setting you use will depend on how fast you turn the handle and how fast you walk. </p>