Weed Management For Larger Landscapes

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Weed Management For Larger Landscapes | The Experienced GardenerSome folks grow up desiring a large piece of land. Maybe they grew up on a farm and they miss the wide open spaces; or perhaps a sprawling, green lawn just feels like home. And having a piece of the Earth to call your own is one of the standard portions of the American Dream.

But large landscapes don’t come without their own set of headaches. For instance, what if your large green space is filled with weeds? That’s a problem as old as time, and it’s one we all have to deal with. Managing such a tract of land can be a serious challenge. So how can it be accomplished? Let’s discuss:

  • What’s your goal for this space?

As you may have heard, we’re in a bit of a drought here in California. Now, we have gotten some (sorely needed) rain this year, but the drought persists. Which means watering restrictions will still be in place. So that begs the question: how important is this lawn to you?

If a lawn is merely something “nice to have,” then you should consider allowing it to die. You’ll save yourself a lot of money in watering costs, and avoid worrying about drought restrictions. It’s something the State of California advocated last year, and will probably be doing again this year.

  • How healthy is the lawn?

If you’re going to keep the grass in place, then it needs to be as healthy as possible. A healthy lawn will slow down weeds in a couple of ways. First, strong grass takes up more dirt space, which means its roots can grow and block the growth of weeds below the soil. Second, a healthier lawn will soak up nutrients more quickly, which prevents weeds from stealing them.

  • Are you mowing properly?

You should be mowing the lawn regularly, ensuring that it stays within its optimal height range (each type of grass has an optimal length). It’s good for the lawn, but it also kills weeds. As weeds grow, they develop bud heads at the top that will sprout eventually. However, when you mow often, you constantly lop off those heads – stunting weed growth.

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