This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Last winter "W. F.," of Jenkintown, Pa., sent some weeds which had infested his lawn, desiring to know something about them. All we could say was that they appeared to belong to some kind of chickweed which had an unfamiliar look. Now we have flowering specimens. It is an European plant, Stellaria graminea, and came no doubt with somebody's inimitable lawn mixture. If people would use pure green grass, or as the Kentuckians call it, Blue grass, without any mixture, in most of the Northern and Middle States no more mixture would be needed, and it would crowd out every other weed.
Now, how can these weeds be got rid of? There are but three ways. If we were to let the grass grow without cutting for two or three years the weaker kinds would be smothered out. But no one who loves a lawn would think of it. The next best thing would be to plough it up, and keep the ground in corn for a couple of years, so as to prevent any weed from going to seed. This would destroy everything and clean out the weeds. Then sow in Blue grass. But few will take this plan. The next best plan is to re-sod, using only tough Blue grass sod. If none of these be practicable only one other thing remains, namely, to hand weed - pulling out all that is objectionable. In the case of these small creeping weeds like Veronica and Stellaria, we may do good work by raking in early spring; a short tooth, coarse rake which would not go deep enough to tear out the grass roots, but deep enough to disturb the shallow rooted creeping things would pretty badly frighten them, and if persevered in would probably finally eradicate them.
The raking must of course be started early enough to tear them to pieces before they go to seed.