Natural Organic Way To Rid of Dollar Weeds
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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Where we human thrive, weeds are sure to follow. If you live in a warm and humid climate as I do, chances are you’ve had the experience of having to deal with weeds invading into your lawn or garden. This past year, my front lawn has been having noticeable problem with Dollarweed/Pennywart invasion. Dollarweed is caused by excessive moisture, often seen in areas with poor drainage, excessive irrigation, poor soil, and thin turf.
Dollarweed has small, round, and shiny leaves shaped like coins,
with stem coming directly out of the center of the leaf. To be quite honest, these dollarweeds are quite glossy and pretty, serve well as groundcover in some impossible areas. Dollarweeds spread by seeds and underground roots, making it very difficult to eliminate. Here are some suggestions (outside of using herbicides) for managing dollarweed I found after research over the internet:
- Thick Turf: Improving grass is the best defense against unhealthy lawn (with weeds). This may be accomplished by treating any diseases, insect infestations, soil problems, and maintaining proper mowing height.
- Reducing Irrigation:Keeping your lawn from becoming soggy. Using a rain gauge to make sure your lawn is receiving one inch of water per week and not much more.
- Improving Drainage:Reducing the moist conditions that attract dollarweed via aeration and top-dressing the lawn to improve the soil…Or possibly more costly underground drainage system.
- Remove Weeds: Hand pull by the roots. It’s also been suggested to me by Luc Duytsche of the “natural farm” to eat these dollarweeds or have chicken to eat them…this brings up the topic of edible weeds (which will be covered in our future post).
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