Current State: I have a parkway strip of about 500 sq ft in MA. The picture included is 30 percent of it. Rest of it is also similar to picture. I have about 5 maple trees (2 year olds) in there. Picture includes 2 maple trees. It can be seen that the strip is covered with crabgrass and other undesirable weeds. Some of the weeds/grass are also emerging out of the mulch surrounding the maple trees.
I am looking for the one of the following expected states. I would like to know your suggestions on what steps would each state entail and if it’s even realistic. Also at the same time, what does it take to keep maintaining the state. I will also include my thoughts on how I think I will get to it. Please correct me if there’s a better or easier way.
Expected State 1: I am looking to replace all the weeds with grass. I would also remove the weeds/grass growing out from the mulch.
I plan to do the above step using either of the methods: Method 1: Find a herbicide that won’t affect my maples and kills all the crabgrass. I don’t mind removing the non-crabgrass weeds by hand. Once the weeds are removed I ll apply a pre-emergent that will limit crabgrass. I will then seed grass and water.
Questions following method 1: 1. Can you give me a magic herbicide (preferably over the counter at homedepot/ace) that would kill crabgrass but have no impact on my maple trees? 2. Can you give me a pre-emergent that will limit crabgrass but not grass?
Method 2: If there’s no safe herbicide available, I will use a tiller to go over the weeds. Then I ll apply the pre-emergent and seed.
Questions following method 2: 1. Will a tiller ideally kill the weeds?
Expected State 2: Replace all weeds/grass with mulch.
I will use one of the above suggested methods to remove grass and weeds.