If you think about it, weeds are an interesting problem to have: basically, our yards are too fertile. It’s so easy for stuff to grow in this area, weeds sprout up even when there is no grass at all. That’s fantastic news for the amateur gardeners out there, but bad news for those who hate weeds (pretty much everyone).
Dealing with weeds can seem like a never-ending process; unless you know how to deal with them effectively. Here are some tips to keep weeds out of your lawn for good:
- Always mow to the appropriate length
This is one of my favorite tips, because most people have never heard it. Every form of grass actually has an appropriate length it should be cut to; and the number can differ greatly from grass-to-grass.
So why does length matter? Because the right length will keep your grass strong, and a healthy lawn is more resistant to weeds. Additionally, you’ll mow more often, and that is great for killing weeds – the buds at the top will be lopped off, stunting their growth.
- Water in the morning, and do it sparingly
You shouldn’t water more than 2-3 times per week, except during times of extreme heat. Watering less often will help strengthen your grass, and it doesn’t need as much water as you think. Meanwhile, the weeds will have less water to steal.
Watering in the morning allows the roots time to soak up water, which then dries up in the afternoon heat.
- Consider using a weed killer
Weed killer can be purchased at any gardening or home improvement store, and it is very effective. However, it should be used exactly as the label recommends. Retail weed killer is usually toxic, and some forms are even being banned. Take precautions if you choose this route, and don’t overdo it: weeds can become resistant to weed killer over time.
- Hire a lawn care service
People think gardening help is only for the wealthy, but that’s not the case here: we’ve been providing lawn care services to residential customers for years, for homes and gardens of all sizes. And killing weeds is one of our specialties.
Curious to learn more? Contact us today. We can discuss a lawn care plan built for your specific needs – and get rid of weeds, for good.