Weeds are maybe the most common source of headaches for any lawn owner. These annoying pests steal the essentials of your grass and plants. They compete for water, light, and nutrients from the surrounding plants. Other weeds also harbor insects or release toxins that might harm your plants.
The battle with weeds is constant; they are persistent throughout the year and in any season. That’s why it’s crucial to learn and understand proper weed control. If done improperly, you will just be wasting time and tools in your fight against those pesky little weeds.
How Do You Exactly Perform Weed control?
The first step to control the weed problem in your yard is to understand the products and tools you can use to fight them.
The everyday weed control products work by cutting off a weeds photosynthesis process through destroying the roots. There are two types of weed control products; these are post-emergent and pre-emergent.
Pre-emergents are weed control products that target weeds even before they begin to emerge, hence pre-emergence. These products are usually applied to the soil surrounding your plants to apply a coat that prevents any germination. It is worth noting that timing is vital when you’re planning to utilize pre-emergents.
As you may have already predicted, post-emergent weed control products are targeted as killers to weeds that already flourished from the ground and are actively growing.
Knowing if there is a weed infestation
There are a few easily noticed indicators that weeds are growing out of control in your lawn. Some of them include:
- Uneven thickness of grass- The grass looks patchy and has uneven growth in some areas. There are also instances when a patch of grass has different color compared to the rest of your lawn.
- Flowers suddenly sprouting – in your lawn might be beautiful, but it’s a definite symptom of weeds growing.
- Green lawn even in drought – Lawn weeds are often more versatile than sweet lawn grass. That’s why if your yard still looks green and lush during droughts, it might be weeds.
Non-chemical solutions and preventive tactics
While chemicals from herbicides are some of the fastest and most effective ways to solve your weed problem, we still have a choice to care for our environment and use a more safe procedure. This can be essential, especially if you’re doing weed control DIY or it’s your first time. We also have some preventive points to discuss that you can follow to prevent weeds even before they start.
- Choosing the right species of grass
Weeds have a way of invading lawns and your grass quickly. But setting up the right species of fodder depending on your location may make it hard for weeds to intrude. Some species of grass has the density and size advantage that makes it extremely hard for weeds to steal natural resources of your grass
- Make lawn and soil health a priority
One key aspect that weeds love is specific conditions on the ground. Weeds love to grow in hard and compacted soils that may have stemmed from a lack of attention to watering your lawn. Other species love soil low in nitrogen and encourage them to grow. These are certain circumstances which you, as a lawn owner, can control.
- Pull them out!
You might think that weed control always involves complicated tools and killer herbicides, but what we’re forgetting is the simplest form of preventive maintenance, hand weeding. This is the oldest form of weed control, and it’s highly effective! The only downside is that you would be doing a considerable grunt of the work, but you don’t need to remember any complicated guidelines.
Aerating or sometimes scarifying your lawn grass will help strengthen it and be more aggressive in fighting weeds for nutrients.
When is the best time to do weed control?
Weed treatment are essential to be applied before there are weeds in your lawn. Weed herbicides, on the other hand, can be used in any season or month in a year. Most professionals recommend applying them in the fall, though, as all plants share the same process of storing food and energy during this season to prepare for winter.
The worst timing in using weed herbicides is during droughts. In these instances, your lawn would be dry and dormant. Applying weed killers during this time might further increase the damage to your soil and kill any remaining grass.
Also, another thing to keep in mind is to never apply weed treatment or herbicides at the same time when you’re planting new grass or plant seed. Some weed treatment can’t differentiate between the pesky weeds and your lovely grass, which might prevent them from sprouting.