Weeds are the unwanted plants known for popping up in your lawn. Often unsightly, they can also be detrimental to the healthy growth of the turfgrass you actually want. Notoriously stubborn and unpredictable, weeds are difficult to eradicate, but there are some methods of removal you can try yourself before turning to professionals for help. Read on to learn about how to get rid of weeds in your grass.
Maintain a Healthy Lawn
A healthy lawn is the best weapon against weeds. Thick, dense turf is better equipped to choke out weeds than a lawn filled with unhealthy turfgrass.
Reseeding and Fertilizing
A regularly scheduled program of reseeding and fertilizing your lawn can contribute to your lawn’s overall health, helping it discourage weed growth.
Mowing high (generally about 3” high) can help prevent weeds from taking root. Taller grass helps regulate the soil temperature, retain moisture, and shade weed seeds.
Deep, infrequent waterings (once a week should usually suffice) encourages deep root growth. Weeds tend to have shallower roots, making it hard for them to compete with healthy grass for sun, water, and nutrients.
A dreaded task for any homeowner, pulling weeds by hand is actually a quick, effective method of weed removal. This method is best employed with early signs of weed growth, before the spread has gotten out of control. Remember to pull a weed out by the root to ensure its complete removal.
Most commonly available in spray form, herbicides are a popular do-it-yourself removal technique. Just attach the bottle to your hose and apply to your lawn. Always read the instructions carefully before administering herbicide treatments and consider the following factors before purchasing:
- Children and pets must be kept away from the treated areas after applying.
- Herbicides should not be applied on windy days.
- Ensure that the herbicide is safe for use on your lawn. Using the wrong kind of product can do irreparable damage to your grass!
Weeds thrive in compacted soil, so regularly aerate your lawn to help decrease their growth.
Your friendly neighborhood lawn-care professionals at Green Lawn Fertilizing are here to help you get the weed-free lawn you want. Contact us at 888-581-5296 for a free consultation.
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