A lawn without weeds is a dream some homeowners fantasize about. In all honesty, it is close to impossible to avoid weed growth 100%. But by cultivating a lush, healthy lawn you may help prevent giving weeds an inch to take root. When lawns are thin, weeds invade.
Use a pre-emergent herbicide to halt weed seed germination of annual weeds, like crabgrass, annual bluegrass or henbit. Follow package directions carefully, some are better applied after rain, while others need watering in for best results. Post-emergent herbicides that kill weeds via leaf contact require wet foliage so the herbicide adheres to weed leaves.
To get rid of weeds and avoid reproducing, hand pulling is a sure-way to remove them. Pull out weeds by hand, being sure to get the entire root of each weed. This is often easier when soil is wet, so plant to weed after rain, or consider running a sprinkler first if there's no rain in the forecast. Weeding by hand can be back-breaking work, but there are special tools that might make the work easier. Fish tail weeding tools can be inexpensive and helpful. When pulling weeds with a tap-root, like dandelions, you want to get as much of the root as possible. Pull 2 inches or more of root to ensure it won’t re-sprout. Having the soil moist will help in loosening those deep roots.
When targeting a smaller amount of individual weeds, a handheld spray herbicide can work well too. If you have quite a few weeds in a particular area, you can use a pressurized sprayer to accomplish the larger area with less work. Be sure toIt’s keep a separate, clearly-labeled sprayer just for herbicide. To avoid damaging your healthy plants and shrubs, never spray herbicide on a windy day, as the herbicide can drift. If you accidentally get herbicide on desirable plants, wash its leaves right away, or clip the affected parts immediately and wash the plant thoroughly with water.
While there is no guarantee you'll have a permanently weed-free lawn, the best way to avoid weeds is to maintain the healthiest turf you can. Fertilize and water your lawn as needed, mow grass at the proper height, aerate and dethatch when necessary, add a layer of compost annually to help amend and nourish soil. Healthy, lush grass is your best bet to keep weeds at bay.
Give us a call at Gardenin' Angels if you need help controlling your weeds or have other lawn or garden concerns:
4/26/2018 05:46:19 pm
Thank you for suggesting that a great way to maintain weeds is by keeping the healthiest turf you can. My husband is super into gardening and I was thinking about getting him some new supplies. I will have to look around and find stuff he will work well with.
I didn't know that weeds could be removed more easily when your soil is wet. My brother would like to remove the weeds in his backyard before he hosts a family barbecue this summer, but the dry weather in his area may prevent him from pulling them effectively. Maybe he should find a weed control service that will help him remove his weeds efficiently.
4/20/2020 10:43:20 am
Thank you for the tips to pull out weeds when the soil is wet to make it easier and make sure you get the entire root out. My aunt and uncle have had a lot of weeds all over their lawn lately and are trying to fix it. I would think that finding a weed control service could help get rid of them well!
7/10/2020 11:41:43 pm
A lot of homeowners do dream of a yard without weeds as the article states. It is important to know when the best time to apply fertilizer and pre-emergent and this can vary depending on where you live
12/4/2020 01:15:13 am
It totally made sense when you said that you should remove unwanted weeds from your yard since they can invade your garden! My uncle is planning to renovate his garden from the ground up and he's looking for advice on how to do that. I'll share this with him so he'd consider hiring weed control experts before they spread out.
12/22/2020 04:57:55 pm
My brother has been thinking about taking better care of his weeds. He would really like to make sure that he can use chemicals from a professional in order to be more effective. I liked what you said about how some different tools can make it easier to get rid of weeds by maintaining the lawn better.
2/24/2021 03:47:17 pm
It was really helpful when you said that pulling them out yourself can help with getting rid of the root. My husband and I noticed how our backyard has been having an issue with weeds, and we were wondering how we could get rid of them and how to get the issue under control. Since we both have very busy schedules we'll have to hire a professional to help us at first. We'll make sure to keep these tips in mind if we ever need to end up getting rid of weeds on our own.
9/9/2022 09:10:35 pm
I like the tip that you gave that you should have a solution to pull out the weeds to prevent them from growing. My mother told me yesterday that she was hoping to find a service that could resolve the overrun weeds in her garden, and she asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to consider. Thanks to this enlightening article, I'll be sure to tell her that consulting a trusted weed control service can help provide more information about the process.
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