Eliminating stickers or sand burs from a lawn requires a multi-step approach of removing seed and parent plants while encouraging growth of Bermuda or Saint Augustine grass to choke out the growth of sticker plants. Sticker plants multiply rapidly, so quick action makes it easier to control the problem.Continue Reading
For a small infestation, diligent pulling of the weeds from the lawn may provide control. If the problem has spread and the sharp seeds have already formed, wrapping an old towel around a lawn roller and rolling the yard helps to pick them up before they germinate.
Both Bermuda grass and Saint Augustine grass have the potential to shade the sandbur plants and prevent them from growing or producing seeds. Fertilize the lawn regularly, and keep it irrigated during the dry season. A green lawn provides a good defense against these thorny seeds.
As a last resort in lawns that have heavy sticker infestations, a pre-emergent herbicide provides control. Several different brand names provide effective treatment. For best results, apply the herbicide during the dormant period, as soon as air temperatures reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. A second application about 10 days later is required. These herbicides are not for use under the drip lines of trees, on lawns that are over-seeded to remain green during the colder seasons, or in gardens.Learn more about Landscaping
Planting grass seed involves choosing a time to plant, preparing the ground, planting the seed and watering the lawn as it begins to grow. The first step when planting grass is to choose whether you want to plant in the spring or fall. If you're planting in the fall, it's necessary to leave time for development before winter begins.Full Answer >
Reseed your lawn in autumn by overseeding the yard with a high quality grass seed. This technique is more comprehensive than spot reseeding that is typically done only to thin or brown patches of grass. The entire lawn is cut shorter than you normally would during mowing and rake in a thin layer of new soil that is enriched with fertilizer. A layer of grass seed is then applied to the lawn.Full Answer >
Reseed a lawn by dethatching the lawn to remove dead grass, planting the seed with a slit seeder, and fertilizing the lawn. Water the lawn to start the germination of the seed.Full Answer >
To over-seed an existing lawn, prepare it by raking and aerating it, spread starter fertilizer to give the grass a healthy start, and apply grass seed using the recommended seed rate for the selected grass species. Keep the seeded area evenly moist until germination occurs, and refrain from mowing until the new grass blades are at least an inch in height.Full Answer >