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Old 2009-08-10, 07:17 AM
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Default Controlling weeds

We got tons of dandelions and other assorted weeds in the backyard. I did what everybody else did: plucked them out, filled up with topsoil and spread the grass seed.

So far things have not improved. There is a big lot of vacant land right behind my backyard and the weeds continue to blow over. I try to mow the lawn more often now and also put in some flower beds. We may put an interlock or a deck next year and that should take care of half of the back.

Just wondering what you folks are doing to control the weeds. Is the Weed Man a good solution? Can you still buy pesticides/herbicides in the States and bring them to Canada (we don't have pets nor kids, not yet anyway). Did you use them before the ban in April and if so, what are your current workarounds?
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Old 2009-08-10, 07:44 AM
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Can you still buy pesticides/herbicides in the States and bring them to Canada (we don't have pets nor kids, not yet anyway).
You can still purchase fertilizer and weed control products in all the stores in Ottawa. Most people continue to use them.
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Old 2009-08-10, 07:50 AM
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You can still purchase fertilizer and weed control products in all the stores in Ottawa. Most people continue to use them.
Any particular brand you can recommend ? I have heard about Killex.
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Old 2009-08-10, 07:58 AM
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Any particular brand you can recommend ? I have heard about Killex.
Scotts fertilizer/weed control is the best product on the market (IMO).
I wouldn't use products like Killex, because they kill everything it touches, including your grass. You end up with with dead patches all over your lawn.
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Old 2009-08-10, 09:04 AM
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Do you know where I can find the Scotts Turf Builder with Weed Control ?

I've been to Home Depot on bank and barrhaven, Canadian Tire in barrhaven, Rona on Hunt club and none of them have it ?

Anybody know ?
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Old 2009-08-10, 01:35 PM
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Do you know where I can find the Scotts Turf Builder with Weed Control ?

I've been to Home Depot on bank and barrhaven, Canadian Tire in barrhaven, Rona on Hunt club and none of them have it ?

Anybody know ?
HD sells Scotts Turf Builder. I believe they recommend applying early spring and late fall in combination with overseeding technics. It's probably too late in the season to see an improvement in your lawn but if you over seed and fertilize this fall should start looking better next spring.
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Old 2009-08-10, 02:02 PM
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Do you know where I can find the Scotts Turf Builder with Weed Control ?

I've been to Home Depot on bank and barrhaven, Canadian Tire in barrhaven, Rona on Hunt club and none of them have it ?

Anybody know ?
Yeah, I was looking for that as well, with no luck. Canadian Tire had it early in the spring, but then I went back in June to get it and they no longer stocked it. I know you can still get spot treatment weed control products at HD/Canadian Tire, etc., but those aren't really helpful if you're seeking overall weed prevention. I don't know anywhere in Ottawa that still carries the fertilizer with weed control, unfortunately.

As for my tips to control the weeds, I manually pluck them out weekly, I set my mower height relatively high, which means mowing more often (weekly) and watering less, but also helps cut down on the ease with which weeds can infiltrate. I also use a mulching mower so the grass clippings are left on the lawn each week (although they are too fine to actually see), which apparently also helps shade out the weeds a bit. Apart from that I just use standard fertilizer every couple of months as directed.
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Old 2009-08-10, 03:02 PM
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Please consider the very serious risks associated with pesticide use on yourself and everyone else now and in the future before deciding to use it to have a pretty lawn.

Some alternatives to chemical pesticides are:
-pour boiling water over dandelions and other weeds
-harvest dandelions for their greens!
-vinegar solution with 5% vinegar
-improve your soil with organic compost. Add regularly. Weeds like bad soil.
-plant a raised bed for grasses, flowers or vegetables. Use plastic sheeting to kill everything underneath, build a raised bed with organic compost and soil. This will minimize the amount of grassy area that needs weeding.

I see you're already trying some of these.
You can also contract out the work who will use an organic alternative to chemical pesticides. I've never used them, but here is a list of such service providers that I found with a quick Google search:
http://www.flora.org/healthyottawa/ottawa-lawn-care.htm
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Old 2009-08-10, 05:27 PM
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You also may also want to check out Health Canada's site. They have some interesting tid bits on pesticides (as they regulate them).

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/.../index-eng.php

And dealing with pests:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/.../index-eng.php

There is also a call line for general questions about pesticides and alternatives....I think the link is to the right place. They changed their website recently and is a bit harder to navigate:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/home-accueil/...foserv-eng.php
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Old 2009-08-10, 06:03 PM
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Probably too late for this but Corn Gluten acts as a natural herbicide as it prevents the germination of weed seeds. Once perrenial weeds are established, it does nothing. You have to manually remove them at that point. Apply corn gluten 3 times a year (NOT after you have overseeded because your grass seed won't germinate). Corn Gluten also doubles as a nitrogen fertilizer. It's safe and non-toxic....ask my dog who continiously ate the stuff from our grass...

You can get corn gluten at Home Depot. I have also seen it at Costco.
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