What Do Weeds Do To Plant Growth?

Posted on Mar 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

What Do Weeds Do To Plant Growth?

We work with San Joaquin Pest Control, as you can see from our URL. They're our sister company. And at SJ Pest, they get rid of all kinds of different critters, such as rodents, ants and termites. Fighting against pests is a never-ending battle, because they are all around us in the great outdoors. At Experienced Gardener,  we do the best we can, and try to prevent them from infesting in the first place.

Weeds are a similar story. They’re just as annoying as a pest problem, and equally frustrating to get rid of. Because weeds can come from anywhere, at any time, they will slow or even stop your plant growth. Here are the reasons that weeds stop or slow the growth of the plants you actually do want in your yard.

How weeds push out plants

Weeds are basically like rude houseguests, who show up in the yard and start taking over everything. Weeds will grow faster than your plants and grass, which allows them to spread up and out. The weeds can then take up all the precious soil space from other plants, and even cause a shadow to sit over others that will block sunlight. On top of all that, the weed’s roots will soak up nutrients from the soil, that were supposed to go your plants, delivering what they need.

The spread will only keep going

Have you ever seen weeds growing out of concrete? Weeds are incredibly flexible and adaptive, which means a weed issue in the yard will only grow bigger with time. Weed spores can be carried through the air and end up in the yard, underneath the garage door – even in a gutter! Weeds in the yard will only continue to create more weeds.

So how do I prevent this?

To start out, you have to go back to that dreaded childhood chore: start yanking out weeds by hand. If you don't want to pull them out by hand, you can use weed killer from a home improvement store, although please follow all label directions thoroughly. You'll want to clear our yard of any weeds you find.

Consistent lawn mowing also needs to become a rue , and be sure to mow to the appropriate length. Doing this cuts the bud heads off of growing weeds, which slows their progress. A healthy lawn is another strong defense, because the roots are more sturdy, and less likely to be pushed out any weed roots.

Finally, if all of this seems like too much of a headache to tackle on your own, don’t give up hope – contact us! We take care of lawn care services throughout the area for clients of all lawn sizes. Hiring a professional landscaper is the best way to fight back against any weed problems you've been dealing with.

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Topics: San Joaquin Valley, General Info, Gardens