1. Get rid of the weed killer! It’s not your time yet.
It takes more than just spraying a product to weed control effectively. There is much more to do before you reach for the quick-fix bottles. Mowing your grass too short is one of the most common mistakes homeowners make regarding weeds. Mowing grass incorrectly can make it less healthy and more susceptible to weeds. The rule of thumb is to have your mower cut at between 2 1/2 and 3 inches high for most lawns. The best and easiest way to protect your yard against weeds is to increase your mowing height.
2. We can talk about your lawn.
There are thousands of plant species that vie for space and resources in our environment. Many of these plants are more competitive than grasses. It is impossible to eradicate all of them. There are millions to millions of seeds in the soil beneath your lawn that wait for the chance to germinate. It is your job to stop them from doing this.
3. Know Your Enemy.
It is important to understand your enemy. So, get to know your weeds.
“Weeds” can be used to describe any plant that grows in your lawn, other than the grass you choose. This includes invasive grasses, broadleaf plants, trees, and unwanted visitors. Some have an annual life cycle, while others are perennials. Some germinate in spring, while others in fall. This is crucial because there are instances in a life cycle when weed control products can be effective against a specific weed, while other times, they are useless. The first step in effective weed management is proper identification. Next, you need to understand the plant’s ecology to determine the best strategy for controlling it.
4. Pay attention. You can tell stories by smelling weeds.
Where there is an advantage, weeds thrive. Different weeds can thrive in different environments and help diagnose underlying issues in your lawn. Broadleaf Plantain, a common lawn weed, thrives in densely packed soils. This is unlike grasses. Broadleaf Plantain can be found on lawns. Your soil should be aerated. The grass will compete with Broadleaf Plantain once removed from the soil.
5. Think like a farmer when you are working on your lawn.
Many homeowners mistakenly think of lawn care as a commodity. It doesn’t matter if you paint your house a particular colour. A green lawn will not keep its colour and health if it isn’t maintained. Grasses, weeds, and other plants are dynamic and alive. They require care and attention.
Think of your lawn as a farmer tending his fields when you take care of it. While farmers spend a lot of time weeding, they also tend to their soil. While you cannot plough your lawn every spring, aerating can significantly improve the soil’s health. Core aeration involves removing soil plugs from your lawn. This allows water and air to penetrate the soil more easily and also reduces the soil’s bulk density. You can encourage grass health and help to discourage weeds naturally.
6. You can influence what grows or Mother Nature will.
It is important to consider what lies below weeds to control them. Are there any growing weeds, or is it just the weeds? It would be best if you planted fresh grass seed on your lawn. Mother Nature will fill your lawn with what is naturally growing around you if you don’t regularly. However, you might not like the selection she made.
7. Talk to a professional.
It is fascinating to learn more about weed science. The best ways to control a particular weed have changed over the years. Products and strategies for controlling them are constantly changing. Lawn care professionals are trained to assess their clients’ yards and recommend effective ways to grow lush green grass. A healthy lawn looks not only great but also provides many environmental benefits. A certified professional can assist you with weed control.