Weed Management and Prevention
Our gardens and lawns are meant to provide a pleasing environment and view, but weeds can ruin the effect. The way you approach weeding can have drastic consequences on how often you see weeds in your lawn and garden. In fact, if you weed incorrectly you can stir up more weeds and damage your plants and grass. Here are some tips to consider when managing the weeds on your property.
A common mistake while weeding is being indiscriminate with the amount of action you take to pull out a weed. When you dig up too much earth while weeding you inevitably release the seeds that have made it too deep to grow, but are now exposed to the sun and will flourish to your dismay.
Use a narrow tool when pulling weeds to help remove the root. After the offending plant has been removed, cover that spot with a new desirable plant or mulch.
Another aspect of precision that is necessary for preventing weeds is in the way that you water. Try to only water where you need to, avoiding areas without plants or grass that you planted. Stray water can nourish and expose weed seeds, enabling them to grow.
Density and Covering
An effective method for preventing weeds is to make sure they don’t have a place to grow. The easiest way to ensure coverage is to use mulch to cover exposed soil. Mulch will smother the weed seeds that are there and prevent rooting, all the while providing the normal benefits of mulch such as cooling the soil and assisting in moisture retention.
Another consideration is how much space you have between plants. It’s best to cover as much of the ground as possible with grass or plants in order to prevent spaces for the weeds to grow. In combination with mulch, this will make it difficult for weeds to get a foothold.
It’s so much easier to remove weeds when they are young, so it’s important to keep your eyes out for them as they sprout up and pull them quickly. A few good times to look for weeds are while you are mowing or watering. Removing weeds after watering is especially good because wet soil makes the weeds easier to remove. Take note of any new weeds and deal with them before they can become stubborn and develop their seeds. This also prevents the soil from being disturbed too much when pulling, which prevents seeds from being exposed.
If you aren’t able to remove the entire weed, root and all, it’s a good idea to remove the head of the plant (what’s sticking out of the ground). This way it won’t release seeds and cause you even future grief.
Also, when bringing in new plants it is vital that you check that they don’t have any hitchhiking weeds in their soil.
Herbicides and Pre-Emergents
The best way to deal with many weeds is to use pre-emergent herbicides which stop them from growing all together, as it’s so hard to remove them and stop their spreading once they have gained a foothold in your lawn. This is especially true for most types of invasive grass, which is highly problematic to remove.
When you are able to keep up maintenance and only have a few weeds pop up at a time, using a spot sprayer is sufficient and prevents the pesticide from going places you don’t want. If you have a lot of weeds a tank sprayer might be necessary.
Broadleaf weeds tend to be the easiest to remove as their herbicides aren’t going to be as dangerous to your lawn. These herbicides will harm your large leafed plants though, so being precise around your garden is a must.
For perennials, which are often harder to pull and need all purpose plant killer, which can harm your lawn, it’s best to use an even more precise method of application. A popular technique is to use a paintbrush to apply the herbicide. You could also use a glove and rub the chemicals on, but that is clumsier.
Use an Expert
Maintaining a healthy lawn is difficult, hard work; even if you try your best, you may end up with a garden choked by weeds and a lawn riddled with crab grass. To ensure that your lawn looks the best that it can, contact Lawnscape.