Weed control made easy with these 5 simple steps
Weeds can create big problems for an otherwise healthy lawn, especially if they aren’t controlled as soon as they become a problem. To prevent irreversible damage to your lawn caused by weeds you have to stay adamant about your lawn care practices. Here are five simple steps that you can take to keep weeds under control:
1) Know the enemy
Certain types of weeds are more common in some areas than others, and by getting to know the top weed threats in your area you have the best shot at preventing them. Speak with local lawn care experts and consult local almanacs to find out the most common types of weeds in your area, then take the recommended steps for removing and preventing those varieties. Each variety of weed has specific treatments that are most effective, so knowing what kind of weed you’re battling makes a big difference when selecting a treatment.
2) Try a natural remedy
Many homeowners are weary about spreading chemicals in their lawn, and for good reasons. Most chemical-based treatments are totally safe for your lawn when applied correctly, but without professional training it can be difficult to do so. The easiest way to prevent unnecessary damage in your weed control applications is to leave chemical treatments to the professionals, but this doesn’t mean you can’t fight weeds on your own. There are many all-natural lawn treatments that can kill or prevent weeds, most of which are completely safe for your lawn.
3) Take care of your lawn
A lawn that is well cared for is far less likely to become the target of troublesome weeds. By making sure that you’re performing all of the necessary lawn treatments you can drastically reduce the chance of weeds growing in your lawn. Make sure that all of the following processes are on your year-long lawn care calendar:
Pest control treatments
If you haven’t made a lawn care calendar yet, you should do so immediately. This year-long schedule will tell you the right time to apply all of these treatments, if you wait for your lawn to show visual signs of needing a treatment you’ve already missed the ideal time to perform them. If you’re unsure about what to include on your lawn care calendar, get in touch with a lawn and gardening expert.
4) Apply pre-emergent treatments
Post-emergent weed control treatments can cause damage to your grass if used incorrectly, but pre-emergent treatments are far more gentle. These sprays fight weeds before they ever become a problem, without causing any harm to your lawn. If not applied at exactly the right time these treatments will not be effective, so make sure to research the best time to fight weeds using these pre-emergent chemicals. Due to the small window of opportunity you have to properly use these treatments, you may want to seek the advice of a lawn care company before applying them.
5) Pull them up!
If weeds are present in your lawn and you want to avoid using a weed control product there is one way to ensure that they stay at bay: Pull them out! Grab the weed firmly, holding it at its base, and then pull. If done correctly the entire plant will come up, roots and all. If the roots remain in the soil the weeds will come right back, so make sure that you remove the entire plant. Some weeds, such as dandelions, contain seeds that spread through the wind. When removing these weeds be sure not to disturb the seeds, doing so will only make your problem worse.