One of the best things about carrying a cell phone is
you always have a camera with you, because you never know when a 'photo
op' is going to present itself. One such photo opportunity was
on a lawn I recently walked past...
What happened here?
Lawn disease spreading??
Insect damage or
The answer became rather obvious when I noticed some
dead broadleaf weeds (mostly dandelions) in the path of destruction.
Someone had used the wrong weedkiller (or there is an outside chance
they mixed the "right" herbicide at the wrong rate, making the mix
My educated guess says the wrong herbicide, which
brings us to "being selective."
Most herbicides fall into one of two categories:
Selective or Non-Selective.
A selective herbicide, mixed at the proper rate, is
designed to kill broadleaf weeds (like dandelions) without damaging
A non-selective herbicide is designed to kill all
vegetation. One of the most commonly used ones today contains the
active ingredient glyphosate.
The weeds in this lawn were probably "spot-treated"
with a non-selective herbicide. A different conclusion is possible
once I speak with the homeowner.
Whatever the case may be, remember the advice
contained in 3 simple words...
The next three words should be obvious...
I've included some additional links about herbicide
Update: The homeowner later confirmed that a non-selective
herbicide was mistakenly used.