You love your lawn, but those weeds are such an eyesore. Below are some ways how to keep your lawn weed-free.
Keep Your Lawn Weed-free
Want to keep your lawn pristine and fresh looking? Here are some ways to keep your lawn weed-free:
Identify the problem
There are different weed control products to help you get rid of those unwanted grass from your lawn. Hence, you need to know what type of grass you are dealing with.
1. Grass-like weeds
Wild onion, wild garlic, and nutsedge are some examples of this type of weed that may look like grass in appearance. It has leaves that are triangular or tube-like in shape.
2. Broadleaf weeds
These are your Dandelions, dollar weeds, thistles, and henbit, which have leaves that are broad and flat.
3. Grassy weeds
This type of weed resembles grass in appearance and the way it grows. Crabgrass, quackgrass, and foxtail are some examples of this type which has leaves that look like grass blades.
If you are not sure about the kind of weed that is stubbornly growing in your lawn, you may want to take a photo of it and show it to a specialist in weed management.
Prevention and Control are better than cure
Treat your lawn well with herbicides and fertilizers.
Apply pre-emergent herbicide to control germinating weed seeds. Pre-emergence is best applied when the weeds aren’t visible above the ground. However, caution should be made when you are also seeding your lawn in the same season. It is recommended to apply the pre-emergence one and a half months after seeding.
The suggested time of application of pre-emergence for summer annual weeds such as crabgrass and pigweeds is in early spring and late summer for winter annuals like chickweed and annual bluegrass.
Additionally, you have to properly fertilize your lawn. Not too much and too little. The right amount, time, and frequency in fertilizing would definitely depend on your lawn type.
Mow your grass higher.
Mowing your grass high will yield deeper roots and produce healthy grass, which will help to crowd out weeds. When you mow too low, you will be allowing light to hit the soil surface, which can aid weeds to sprout and grow.
Watering your lawn deeply keeps a sufficient amount of moisture in the soil, which in turn makes roots grow deep and healthy. Remember, a healthy lawn will develop from healthy a root. Your lawn would need about 1.5 inches of water per week. To measure if you are watering your lawn adequately, place an empty jar or can (previously marked with a half-inch level) where the water from your sprinkler is hitting. Place several containers in various locations so can quickly identify how much is collected at each spot.
Also, don’t forget to monitor the length of time that you are able to collect approximately your required amount. If you have obtained different lengths of collection time, get the average and make this as your reference duration every time you turn on your sprinkler. Do not water more than thrice a week.
Get rid of those weeds
You can remove young weeds such as chickweed and crabgrass by hand pulling because they have shallow roots. Hand weeding is best done when the soil is moist.
Use post-emergent herbicides
Post-emergent herbicides are used to get rid of weeds that are already present in your lawn. It is best to note to always check the labels and instructions of herbicides to get the most out of the product as well as to make sure that you will not harm your lawn.
Weed management is a constant process, but the job is worth doing especially seeing your beautiful lawn to be weed-free.