At minimum, lawns and gardens should be weeded at least once a week, but for the best results weeding should be done far more often. Ideally, you should be removing weeds as soon as they’re spotted, but this isn’t always practical. Many homeowners choose to inspect their lawns and gardens every other day, dealing with weeds as they go, allowing for the prompt removal of weeds, and allowing them to see weeds they may miss as they go about their regular activities. This may seem excessive, but there are many reasons to be removing weeds as quickly as possible. Here are just a few.
1. Keep Your Landscaping Beautiful
The first reason is simple. Homeowners put a lot of work into keeping their landscaping healthy and beautiful, so why should weeds be allowed to ruin the aesthetic effects of all that work any longer than absolutely necessary? The sooner you jump on removing weeds, the sooner your landscaping goes back to the look that you’ve worked so hard to create.
2. Prevent Competition
While your lawn can be home to all kinds of fun competitions, like a pickup game of football or soccer, you don’t want it to be hosting a competition between weeds and the plants you want flourishing every day. Your lawn has a limited amount of the resources that plants need to stay alive, and weeds will take up portions of these limited supplies that you’d rather be used by the plants you’ve chosen. Weeds can rob your preferred plants of water supplies, vital nutrients, and soil space.
3. Minimize Your Effort
This is often the reason that appeals to people the most. Weeding can be a huge pain, both literally and figuratively. However, doing a little bit of weeding in your lawn and garden regularly is far easier and more painless than doing a long session of weeding one day during the weekend, especially when you’d rather be spending those long hours doing something far more pleasant and enjoyable. Doing a little bit of weeding more often is particularly helpful for people prone to back problems or those with limited mobility.
4. Catch Weeds While They’re Weakest
Speaking of easier, young weeds are easier to pull or otherwise eliminate than mature weeds. Therefore, the earlier you can deal with a weed, the less chance it has to mature and the more easily and effectively it will be for you to eliminate it.
5. Prevent the Spread of Weeds
Dealing with weeds before they reach maturity also ensures that you don’t have to deal with those weeds’ offspring in addition to the original weeds. If a young weed is allowed to mature, it will begin to produce seeds, which then spread and grow more weeds. A dandelion changing from a yellow flower to the white tufty ball of seeds that children love to blow on so much is a well-known example of this process. If you discover that you have a mature weed, but aren’t able to immediately remove it, you can clip it down, ensuring that all flowers are removed, in order to stop seeds from spreading.
6. Minimize Pests
Weeds can cause other unwanted guests to infiltrate your yard as well. Weeds can provide food and hiding places for a wide variety of pests, such as insects, mice, rats, moles, and more. These pests can, in turn, munch on the plants you do want to keep, tunnel in your soil, and otherwise cause havoc for your lawn and garden. If you’re particularly unlucky, they may even make their way indoors, where they can make messes, destroy property, and spread disease.
Weed Removal Strategies
Regardless of when or why you want to get rid of weeds, you have plenty of options and methods to get them taken care of. You can check out our weed removal guide for a variety of do-it-yourself strategies and tips for eliminating weeds. However, if you have a particularly stubborn weed problem or simply want to wash your hands of the whole weed removal process, a professional lawn care service may be the best option for you.
Lawnscape Systems, Inc. is a leading lawn care service that has been based out of Los Angeles since 1979. Lawnscape offers a variety of services, including two lawn care programs and many additional services that can be performed on their own or in conjunction with other programs. We only use EPA certified products, prioritizing the safety of your family and the environment. Whether you struggle with weeds or some other aspect of lawn care and maintenance, contact Lawnscape today to see how they can help you keep your landscaping healthy and beautiful.