Killing Unwanted Vegetation
LESLIE: Judy in Oklahoma needs some help in the garden. How can we help you today?
JUDY: Yes, I bought a place that was – a house that was moved out into a pasture and it’s been 30 years and I have been fighting pasture grass. I’ve got about probably six to eight inches of soil and after that it’s just nothing but clay.
JUDY: And I just can’t get rid of the pasture grass to get a green grass growing. You know, I put out the (inaudible at 0:28:15.7) grass seeds and some of it grows but it’s just killed out by the weeds.
TOM: Have you considered trying to use Roundup on that pasture grass? Let me tell you …
LESLIE: Just to kill it?
TOM: … that when you have wild vegetation like that, if you were to spray Roundup on that entire surface, what you’ll find is that you can spray that and, literally, a week or so later you can plant seeds right through the Roundup and the pasture grass will die off yet it will still sort of hold the seeds in place and the new grass will come up around it because the grass seed is not affected by the Roundup.
JUDY: Oh, OK.
TOM: It’s called Roundup restoration. I actually did it to an entire lawn once; really freaked out my neighbors because …
LESLIE: Mm-hmm, you had a lot of success with it, though.
TOM: I had a lot of success but the whole lawn went dead at the same time. It looked like the whole house was nuked or something. (Leslie chuckles) But I’ll tell you, it works great. The grass seed comes up through the old grass, totally weed-free. It’s fairly thin the first year but you’ve got to make sure that you’re set up to water it because it’s going to need a lot of water.
But I’ll tell you, the best time to do it is the fall because this way you have a full year for the roots to really take hold – or at least nine months until the summer comes when it really is easily dried out. So, best time to do this is in fall and you want to do a restoration of the whole surface. OK?
JUDY: OK. OK, great.
TOM: Alright? Good luck with that project.
JUDY: I appreciate it. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.