Are the weeds in your lawn 'over-the-top'?

Hello, again!

There is something magical about rainfall. Plants really grow with the moisture from the sky. Rain is part of the water cycle as it clears the air, replenishes aquifers, allows plants to grow, eventually fills streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds, and adds humidity to the air. This time of the year, it's not unheard of to mow the lawn a couple of times a week. Our spring planted bedding plants are getting established as are the early spring vegetables from the garden - radish, asparagus, onions, broccoli and others are being enjoyed all around.

Our uninvited plants in the lawn and landscape also seem to be thriving. I have a pretty good stand of Dutch white clover, and nutsedge is appearing in a few areas. There's a bit of chickweed from the winter also holding on. While we all agree that fewer chemicals are better, when used wisely we have tools available to us that will make it easier to manage our lawn and landscapes safely and effectively. Like I always stress - be sure to read, understand and follow the label directions on any product, fertilizer, fungicide, or insecticide. The same thing applies to things we consume as well.

Here are a few tools we have to manage the weeds in your lawn and landscape.

Decimate is a new non-selective, non-glyphosate weed and grass killer. It's safe for use in landscape areas around trees and shrubs as long as it’s not applied to desirable plants - it will kill any green and growing plant it's applied to. It works in 24 to 72 hours and works best when temps are over 85°. It's also rainfast in ½ hour to 4 hours.

SedgeStop Nutgrass Weed Killer is a new granular product in a shaker canister for taking out nutgrass in turf areas. SedgeStop also controls select broadleaf weeds, and can be used on listed warm- and cool-season turfgrass species. The granular formulation reduces the potential for drift, and the shaker can makes application simple.

ferti-lome Over-the-Top Grass Killer is your one-stop selective herbicide for eliminating weedy grasses without injuring desirable plants. Over-the-Top kills Bermudagrass, crabgrass, foxtails, quackgrass, and many other weedy grasses in landscape and vegetable gardens as well.

Living in an area of west Wichita, I’m fortunate to have garden soil that drains well. Soon after the rains last week, I was able to plant some of my summer vegetables. I planted tomatoes, peppers, bush beans and eggplant. Then, I cultivated the garden and mounded the potato plants as well to allow the new potatoes to form above the soil line. We’re enjoying asparagus regularly and the radishes are starting to size up. It’s important to keep the vegetable plants fed regularly as they are heavy feeders.

Our rosemary crop right now looks pretty good. I figured I’d take a few of the trimmings from the plants and try Rosemary Pesto. Not enjoying pesto much in the past, I’ll say I’ve been missing out. Come pick up a container of Rosemary and give this recipe a try; you’ll love it.

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center