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Weeds are frustrating! With a bit of patience and work, you can take back your yard with new, healthy grass!

Look for a reputable brand of grass seed. It should list “weed seeds 0%” and “other crop seeds 0%”.

If you do see any weeds pop up in the grass seed area, pull them right away! Don’t use a weed killer quite yet. Your new grass can’t handle an herbicide at this stage.

How do I grow grass in a weedy yard?

The weeds will win the battle for your yard in the summer. Use the time during the hot months to apply a weed killer or weed and feed. Get the weeds under control before it is time to plant seed in the fall.

Thick, healthy grass is a great weed deterrent! Unfortunately, new grass seed is no match for established weeds. Weeds are at their peak during the middle of the summer. If you plant grass seed in the spring, the weeds will have a lot less room to grow and take over during the summer.

Wait until the grass is 3-4 inches tall before mowing for the first time. Avoid weed killers until the grass is established, as well.

Fall is a great time to overseed! The weeds should be dying down at this point. Check your local weather forecast for frost warnings. It is best to plant grass seed at least 45 days before the first frost. This will allow the new seed to take root before it goes dormant.

Keep in mind that herbicides can kill whatever plant life they come into contact with—even if the label says otherwise—so handle with care. If your aim is to re-establish your lawn, as we recommend, killing your existing, thinning grass isn’t a big deal, since you will need to start fresh anyway.

In order to make a successful game plan, you’ll need to know just what kind of weeds you’re dealing with. Weed treatments are designed to target specific weeds, so what may work on your broadleaf weeds may leave your grass-like weeds A-OK.

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Applying the right amount of seed is key. As a general rule of thumb, apply roughly 15 seeds per each square inch, then rake over the seed.

Always set the spreader to half the recommended drop rate and spread the seed in one direction, then one or two more in different directions to make sure the coverage is nice and even. You don’t want your lawn to have weird patterns or stripes.

Once you’ve put in all that hard work, you’ll want to keep up with it. The prospect of regular lawn maintenance can be daunting, from fertilization to aeration to yet more weed control. Hiring a professional lawn care company like TruGreen can alleviate those concerns.