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What is the best herbicide to rid a fescue lawn of weeds?

We have recently bought a new home with an enormous fescue lawn which has unfortunately been neglected. Consequently we are very keen to get it back to a pristine condition. Our plan is to weed, core, fertiliser and over seed. Although I am a bit concerned I am too late in the season?? (FYI we have had one frost although I think more are not too far away!)

Lawns • Weeds

Hi Conrad,

It looks like you have a big job ahead of you but I am sure with a little work you will be able to achieve the weed free, healthy lawn you are wanting. Winter grass needs to be controlled at this time of year when the young tuffs are first noticed, otherwise if left to flower in spring, seed will drop and there will be more winter grass the following season. Unfortunately we do not have a product that can be used on fescue lawn. I am doubtful if there is a product on the market that can be used on a fescue lawn so it may mean removing those tuffs of winter grass by hand. The clover and bindii can be removed by using either the Yates Bindii & Clover Weeder or a product called Yates Buffalo Pro Weed n Feed. Either of these products can be used at this time of the year to control these weeds. Kikuyu is a running grass that does not have a place in a lovely fescue lawn. There is not a selective herbicide that can be sprayed that will kill off the kikuyu. You can however apply the Zero glyphosate weedkiller with a brush to the blade of the kikuyu runners being careful not to allow the herbicide to touch the surrounding grass. Glyphosate is a systemic herbicide which is taken in by leaf and is then translocated down to the roots to kill the weed. It is a little late to be fertilising your lawn at this time of the year particularly in Orange where I am sure the temperatures are already quite low. Wait until spring, core and fertilise at this time. We would recommend you use products such as Lawn Master or Dynamic Lifter Organic Lawn Fertiliser. Both of these products contain the necessary nutrients you lawn needs to produce a strong, healthy, lush lawn. Good luck in bringing your lawn back to its former glory. I am sure it will be worth the effort.



Answered: 22 May, 2013

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