Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
We bought a house with horrible "goat head thorn" problem, all summer we have been pulling them out and collecting the thorny seeds as much as we can. We are now looking to plant grass seed. And are wondering what seed with grow faster than the goat heads, do well with high traffic (2 dogs) and in a semi shady area?
Rate This FAQ
Goat head weed, or puncture vine, is a common weed in our area. It prefers bare or disturbed soils and is also common at the edges of sparse or unhealthy lawns. You are doing the right thing now by preventing the weeds from going to seed and collecting the seeds that you can see. One effective way to remove the seeds is to drag old pieces of carpet or burlap across the soil to snag the seeds. Unfortunately, this will not catch the seeds that are beneath the surface of the soil. The seeds can remain dormant in the soil for up to twenty years. The weeds will be easier to control once your lawn is established because this weed is not a good competitor in healthy, dense lawns.
Hand pull any puncture vine that you see in your new lawn until the lawn is well-established. Once the lawn is old enough, you can use a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent the weed seeds from germinating. You cannot use a pre-emergent herbicide on the lawn before then because it will interfere with the germination and establishment of you grass seeds. Check the label on the herbicide to see how long you need to wait after planting. Maintaining a dense, healthy lawn will reduce the number of weed seeds that germinate. Also avoid mowing the lawn short. A tall lawn will shade the soil and reduce the number of seed that germinate, too. Monitor the edges of the lawn, once established, and remove any seedlings that germinate in the exposed soil at the edge of the lawn.
As for varieties of grass that will do well in part shade and high traffic, I recommend that you look for any shade tolerant mix. Fescue, rye grass and bluegrass all have moderate shade tolerance. Remember that shaded lawns need less water. Overwatering these areas will make them less tolerant of traffic. If you can, make adjustments to your irrigation system before you plant so that the shaded areas can be watered separately from the areas in full sun. Also, keep the dogs off of the lawn until it is thick and healthy.
I hope this has been helpful. Feel free to call our office if you have any other questions. 801-851-8462
Utah County Extension
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- We have a space along the north side of our house that is shady most of the day. We are wondering what we can plant there. It is right beside the house and we would like to put something that is edible in that space? We wanted to put in strawberries but decided it was probably too shady for them.
- I live in riverton and want to plant triple crown blackberries and dwarf northblue blueberries. Do you have any suggestions or help?
- I have Morning glory though out my established lawn, how can I get rid of it?
- I have some cucumbers I bought from the nursery in a small container about 3 weeks ago. I transplanted them to a larger container. I move them in the garage at night and back out to the driveway during the day. The leaves and stems are turning light green and have dry white places on them. Are they getting sun scalded, am I watering them too much, not enough fertilizer?
- I planted four Patmore Green Ash trees in my yard and they all have circular hole bite marks on all the leaves. I cannot see any insects on them. Do you have any idea what might be eating the leaves and how I can get rid of them?
- Last fall we removed all of our oregon grape that has been growing for over 20 years to re-landscape a flower bed in our front yard. We put mulch on the bare ground to sit over the winter in hopes to start planting this spring. Now we have several mushroom 'colonies', is what I call it, breaking through the soil, but they are only coming through on half of the 5' x 12' area. I have pulled out the 'first round' of mushrooms, and now twice as mony are coming back, in the same area. How can I get rid of these mushrooms so that we can plant our new daylillies and spirea? I might also add that this area has not received alot of water, although it is next to our driveway where we shovel the snow.
- My neighbors Aspen trees are sending roots into my yard. Is there anyway besides a barrier to discourage this growth?
- I am trying to identify a tree that grows all over St. George area. It has a beautiful pink bloom, elongated oval leaf, small- med. height tree. It's been identified to me as a chitolpe tree? It's not an avacado tree.