How To Pull Weeds by Hand


weeding in the vegetable garden, closeup

Weeding is not the most fun activity. Ideally, you should leave weed prevention and control in the hands of experts. But at some point, you may find you dedicate a great deal of time to weeding in your lawn. In order to do this well, you should make sure that you’re taking the right steps to hand weed correctly.

Tips to Pulling Weeds By Hand

  • Find its Base – Weeds need to be pulled at the base in order to get the root. Nearly all weeds can regrow from only a small amount of root left in the soil. Try to make sure that you’ve found the roots/base of the plant so that you can try to remove the weed completely.
  • Loosen Soil Around It – Some roots are especially stubborn. If you can loosen up the soil around the weed, you’ll be more likely to pull it out successfully.
  • Don’t Tug Fast – Plants can break when they’re pulled too fast. Don’t simply try to rip it out as fast as you can as the pressure may cause some of these plants to simply rip right off the root, and once they do they can be nearly impossible to remove. Try to pull slowly but assuredly, grabbing as much of the plant’s base as possible.
  • Wait Until Rain – You may also want to consider waiting until it rains to pull the weed out. Soil is much looser after a rain and plants can come out fairly easily. Keep in mind though that if your lawn is not healthy, you can actually damage your lawn by stepping on it when it’s wet.
  • Clean it Out – Once you’ve successfully pulled the weed out, make sure you examine what remains in order to ensure that the root has completely been removed. Sometimes it can feel like you removed the entire plant, only to find that some of the root still remains.

Turning to a Professional

As “simple” as it may be to pull out weeds on your own, the process is not only time consuming – it is often not that effective, and leaves a lot of holes in your yard that won’t simply grow back grass. Contact Green Lawn Fertilizing today to find out more about our weed control service, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

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