Weeds can be a nightmare if you are working hard to get a yard that is healthy and looks good. Weeds have shallow root systems which means that they can pop up quickly and spread throughout your yard. They grow faster than grass and often spring up between regular mowing sessions. If you want to keep your yard looking good you have to take action and deal with the weeds when they pop up. This cycle of mowing and then having weeds pop up can be very frustrating. Fortunately, there are some tips that you can follow to keep weeds out of your yard all season long.
Provide your yard with adequate nutrition
Grass requires more time and nutrition than weeds to grow. The roots of weeds are shallow which is one of the reasons that they can grow so quickly. They can grab nutrition on the surface before it has a chance to permeate the soil and get to the roots of your grass. In order to ensure that your grass is getting adequate nutrition, you need to be proactive about providing it with fertilization. Aerating your lawn before you fertilize opens up the roots of the grass and will allow the nutrition to get directly to those roots.
Use herbicide to kill current weeds
If you currently have weeds in your yard you can use herbicide to kill them off. There are several types of weed killer including contact and systemic. Both options can be effective at killing live weeds in your yard. The best herbicide for you depends on the type and number of weeds in your yard. If the problem is widespread it may be worth the cost to hire help and get your yard professionally sprayed for weeds.
Use pre-emergent to prevent future weeds
Pre-emergent is a treatment you can apply to prevent weeds from growing in the first place. The timing of pre-emergent is important. Be sure and follow the timing guidelines so you can get it down before the weeds have time to take root. In order for pre-emergent to be effective it needs to be applied at the right time of year.
Get the help of a lawncare professional
Getting the help of a lawncare professional is one of the best ways that you can keep weeds out of your yard all season long. The reality is that weeds are persistent and really good at infesting your yard despite your best efforts to prevent them. A lawncare professional can apply training and experience to your weed problem and help you get the healthy and weed-free yard you want.
If you are trying to get and keep a weed-free yard, start incorporating the tips listed above. If you are proactive and consistent with your efforts – whether you choose the DIY route or get professional help – you will eventually have a yard without weeds.