Got Weeds? Don’t Touch That RoundUp!

Weeds are one of the more vexing aspects of every lawn care program.

Knowing what weeds are and why they are in your lawn is the key to preventing them. Weeds thrive on weak, stressed turf and compacted, unhealthy soil. Eliminate those conditions and and your turfgrass will outcompete weeds. Every time.

Weeds are natural indicators, meaning their presence provides a clue to a larger problem occurring in the soil. Getting rid of the weeds with a toxic herbicide, such as RoundUp, masks the problem without solving the underlying issue.

Why Choose Organic Lawn Care for Your Chicagoland Home?

Organics are a process, not a product. An organic lawn care program works best when you give it the time to create a healthy soil environment in which grass can thrive and weeds won’t grow.

This process includes:

  • Balancing the nutrient content of the lawn in favor of the grass
  • Reducing compaction by aerating in combination with a mineral soil builder
  • Mowing at a high level (2.5″ to 3″) to encourage a dense, lush lawn capable of crowding out weeds
  • Proactively seeding existing bare spots
  • Overseeding the entire lawn as needed (normally once a year for a healthy lawn)
  • Fertilizing in the spring to jumpstart your soil’s microbial life.
  • Correcting drainage issues in the lawn
  • Watering deeply and infrequently to maintain adequate soil moisture but not over-watering
  • Using mulch in the garden beds and around tree rings

Greenwise All-Natural Weed Management

Application: Liquid spray

Ingredients: All-natural chelated iron and water

Purpose: Greenwise all-natural weed management works to actively rid the lawn of weeds rather than just prevent their growth. Our weed management product is highly rich in iron to over-fertilize broadleaf weeds causing them to perish. Your turfgrass is not harmed because grass is a heavy feeder and thrives on fertilization. Within hours of application, you will notice black rings appearing on the foliage of weeds as they begin to perish. Two applications are recommended for optimal effectiveness.

Homeowner Input: No lawn preparation is needed on your part. You also do not need to conduct any special follow up. Watering the day after application is beneficial but not necessary.

Safe Alternatives to Managing Weeds

When weeds do germinate, you don’t need to resort to toxic chemicals. Greenwise has an all-natural, safe alternative that’s effective on broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions and broadleaf plantains. Instead, try our all-natural, safe weed management program.

Our all-natural weed management program is a foliar application rich in iron that over fertilizes the weeds. Since grass is a heavy feeder it thrives on the extra fertilization. Weeds, especially broadleaf weeds like dandelions, cannot handle the extra fertilization and within hours of application, the weeds die off.

A Note on Undesirable Grasses. Weedy grasses, such as bentgrass, crabgrass, and quackgrass, are more difficult to eradicate because they are similar to turfgrass. There is not an herbicide out there that can kill these weedy grasses without also killing the desirable lawn grasses. Normally, the solution is to cut out the turf containing the weedy grass and replacing it with sod or reseeding the area. That’s where our approach of creating healthy turf works to eventually outcompete the weeds.

Schedule All-Natural Weed Management in Chicagoland Today

If you’re interested in our all-natural weed management services, give us a call at 847-866-1930 or contact us online to get started!

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3 Responses to Got Weeds? Don’t Touch That RoundUp!

  1. Celeste Evans April 18, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    hi I live in Duchess county NY, Hopewell Jct and our lawn now has creeping wild violet weed which began last year, 2016.

    From all i have read it seems they are a pesky sort. I DO NOT WANT TO USE CHEMICALS . WOULD IT BE BEST TO LET THIS SEASON play out and in the pre winter to dig up the weeds till soil and feed it and plant grass?

    • Michael Kormanik April 21, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Celeste,

      We recommend trying to identify the exact plant that is invading your lawn. Usually you can take a clipping to a local nursery or botanic garden.

      Knowing what plant it is will help you understand why it’s thriving in your lawn and help you combat it by tipping conditions in favor of the grass.

      For example, in the Midwest, Creeping Charlie is rampant & very invasive.

      Creeping Charlie thrives in oxygen-starved, poorly drained areas. Unless that issue is addressed, not even the dreaded Round-Up will keep it from coming back and spreading.

      We’d advise annual aeration with a good soil amendment and look into a drainage solution such as a french drain or dry creek bed.

      Meantime, your best approach is good old fashioned hand weeding and spot seeding areas where you’ve removed the unwanted plant.

      Hope that helps & best of luck!

  2. Cameron November 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

    How much liquid chelated Iron do you use per 1000 sq ft to OVER-FERTILIZE the weeds? Do you want to use more than the recommended doseage on the bottle to OVER-FERTILIZE the weeds and grass? I will be using the Southern Ag liquid Chelated Iron with the Southern Ag Surfactant. And its too late in the fall this year to use this now. When in the fall would I normally want to do this? In September or October? I’m in Veneta Oregon and have cool season grasses (rye, fescue, and maybe kbg. We just had our first morning frost Nov 18 and 19th.

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