Proper steps to killing Bermuda and Grassy Weeds!
- Locate desired areas to be killed down. Measure the areas in square footage by walking off width and length and multiply for total square footage for that area. Repeat this in each area and add together for your grand total of square footage to be treated.
- Gather Supplies: Pump or Backpack sprayer & Round Up (Make sure you have enough to cover your total square footage plus extra in case you need to do additional spot spraying.)
- Best time of day to apply treatment would be the early morning hours or late afternoon when there is no threat of rain. Do not spray on a windy day. Reduce spray pressure when spraying next to or close to bedded plants, making sure that spray stream is spraying in opposite direction of bed areas.
- Choose a grid pattern to cover desired areas. Avoid walking through the sprayed areas. Do this by spraying to the side of your walking paths or walking backwards as you spray. Spray no more than a 4 foot sweeping pattern in each path.
- Repeat this process 10 days after the initial spraying to hit the areas that may have been missed. After 5 additional days you may start the clean up process.
Removal of dead debris
Using a mower with bagger. Mow over dead areas and collect clippings. After first mowing is complete lower mower down 1 notch and repeat till you reach the lowest level. By removing dead grass in this fashion your mower will be less likely to clog up and you will greatly reduce the amount of clippings that fall and accumulate within these areas. After the final mowing scalp the remaining plant parts down to raw dirt using a string trimmer/weed-eater. After you have done this run your mower over the area again to help vacuum most of the remaining debris. Any remaining debris must be raked or blown and removed so that you have clean raw dirt only.
Any area where ground cover is removed will be susceptible to an outbreak of weeds. This is unavoidable in these areas because of the exposure to the sun. Therefore, install new grass in these areas as soon as possible after cleaning. The goal is to have the new grass germinate and begin growing before weeds can gain a strong foothold. You will not be able to spray weeds in these areas because even selective herbicides can kill new seedlings. After the 3rd or 4th mowing of the new grass you can resume regular weed control.