Weeds are not fun to deal with. In fact, there are some that seem impossible to get rid of. Buttercups make your lawn look less desirable and you might be at a loss as to how to get rid of them. Use the following as your guide to rescue your lawn from buttercup weeds.
Tip 1: Loosen the Soil
Check the soil to ensure that it is moist, but not soggy. If the soil is dry, wait until the next rain and continue a couple hours after the rain has ended.
If the affected area is rather large, rent an aerator from the local home improvement store and follow the instructions to loosen the soil.
For a smaller area, grab your choice of these organic materials, along with a hand trowel:
- coffee grounds
- peat moss
Use the trowel to work your organic material into the moist soil to loosen it up.
Remove the buttercups from the soil, and try to include the roots, as you are working in the organic material. Buttercups don't usually grow well in loose soil, so check the soil frequently to see if it is getting too compacted.
Tip 2: Lower the Acidy Level
Test to measure the pH of your soil with a tester from your local nursery or garden center store. A high level of acid is most likely due to vitamin deficiency, particularly a deficiency of magnesium and calcium. Since buttercups love soil with a high pH, it's important to lower it if needed to a more neutral point. If you're unsure what the pH level should be, contact a landscaper for help.
Add crushed limestone to the soil with a shovel. Limestone is comprised of magnesium and calcium. The amount you add is based on the pH of your soil since you do not want to add too many vitamins as that can cause other issues. So, test the soil as you're adding the limestone to ensure you're obtaining the proper pH level.
Tip 3: Apply an Herbicide with Aminopyralid
If you have done the other tips and have not seen improvement, the final tip is to rely on an herbicide. It is important to use an herbicide with aminopyralid near a grassy area, or if you own pets or livestock, because this type won't hurt them. However, do not use this if the area is next to your vegetable garden, because it can affect them and subsequently your family when the vegetables are eaten.
Mix the herbicide with water in a garden sprayer, according to the directions for the amount of ground you need to cover. Then spray the area lightly. Wear protective clothing, including gloves and a mask, and wash your hands when you're finished.
Even though it might take a little work on your part to remove buttercups from your lawn, the results of a beautiful green lawn are worth it. Ask your landscaper or a company like Rock Solid Services LLC for help if you have any issues with these steps, or if you find that the buttercups are returning.