Weeds are plants that grow where they are not wanted. This undesirable flora tends to be invasive and difficult to eradicate, so while it’s a pain to see them in a flower bed, it is particularly challenging to find them in your yard. Here’s how to get rid of weeds in a lawn.
Proper Lawn Care
A stressed lawn is more susceptible to weeds than a well-maintained lawn. Here’s what to do to help your lawn choke out weeds when they try to grow:
- Water properly: nourish your lawn with a deep watering to promote the establishment of healthy root systems. An infrequent (once or twice per week) deep watering is just what the lawn doctor ordered.
- Mow high: mowing low allows weeds more access to sunlight, air, and nutrients. Set your lawn mower to a higher setting to keep grass growing high. This keeps weeds in the shade and prevents them from growing.
- Feed: feeding your lawn on a regular basis (most experts suggest every 6 to 8 weeks) with lawn food helps it grow thicker and fill in patches, making your lawn a less-hospitable home to weeds.
Hand pulling is, quite literally, a pain. If you have a small plot of grass, however, it might be your quickest, most efficient option for weed removal. Hand pulling involves removing weeds from the soil by their root, hindering their ability to grow back.
The last resort for many property owners, herbicides are a toxic (and environmentally unfriendly), yet effective way to remove weeds from your lawn. Available at your local garden supply store or nursery, herbicides should be applied with care, as instructed on the packaging. Most often available in liquid form, herbicides can be applied using a garden hose. Take great care to ensure that you buy herbicides that are meant to kill weeds without harming the grass, too. Finally, be sure to keep small children and pets off your lawn until the product dries.
Get Rid of Weeds With Our Help
The best way to prevent a lawn full of weeds is to be proactive and vigilant. The lawn care technicians at Green Lawn Fertilizing are dedicated to giving our clients weed-free lawns with our lawn care programs. Call us today at 888-581-5296 for a free estimate. In the meantime, learn more about specific types of weeds in our handy lawn weed library.
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