Weeds do not need much encouragement to grow in your yard. They require minimal nutrition and can pop up in your yard seemingly overnight. It takes consistent and proactive action to keep weeds at bay. Unfortunately, many home owners inadvertently encourage weeds to grow. You may be doing this as well by neglecting the health of your yard, cutting your grass too short, and being inconsistent with chemical weed control.
Neglecting the health of your yard
Healthy grass is an important part of your defense against weeds. Grass that gets the water, nutrition, and protection it needs is much less susceptible to the threat of weeds. If you neglect the health of your yard you could be encouraging weeds to spread. Weak and thin grass leaves plenty of room for weeds to pop up. If you want to build up the health of your grass there are a number of steps you can take including aeration and fertilization. A regular schedule of aeration and fertilization will get nutrition straight to the roots of your grass and encourage growth.
Cutting your grass too short
If you have weeds growing in your yard it will cause you to have to mow more frequently. You may be tempted to cut the grass as short as possible to increase the time between mowing but this strategy can backfire. Cutting your grass too short can damage the root system and weaken your grass. In this weakened state you lawn is more susceptible to weed growth.
Being inconsistent with chemical weed control
Inconsistent chemical weed control is another way you may be encouraging weeds to grow in your yard. In order to keep your yard continually protected from weeds you need to have it consistently treated with chemical weed control. You can do this yourself or bring in the help of a professional. The key is to be consistent and use quality products so the weeds do not have a chance to creep back into your yard. Many homeowners find it difficult to be consistent with DIY chemical weed control. One solution to this problem is to set up recurring treatments with a lawn care professional.
Weeds are always a threat to your lawn but you may be inadvertently inviting them stick around with your lawn care habits. Neglecting the health of your yard, cutting your grass too short, and being inconsistent with chemical weed control are three ways you are encouraging weeds to grow. If you need help with any or all of these aspects of weed control get in touch with the Experienced Gardener. The Experienced Gardener offers services that can help you will all aspects of your lawn and landscape care.